by Julian Lennon, Bart Davis, Alejandra Green, Fanny Rodriguez and Bunna Lawrie
The Morning Tribe is a middle grade action-adventure graphic novel that showcases young people protecting our critical environment and teaches that we are all part of the struggle to save the Earth's future and sustain the human race.
When twins Dawn and Dusk, young members of the Amazon rain forest's Morning Tribe, discover that their homeland is being threatened by Global Agricorp mercenaries, they gather their friends and rise to the challenge of protecting it.
Though they're naturally smart, strong, and quick, the twins also each have special abilities. Dusk is stronger, faster, and more powerful as the sun sets. Dawn is farther-sighted, a better swimmer, and a gifted acrobat as the sun rises. They are at the height of their power together at midnight.
But young Tom Toll, estranged son of Agricorp's boss, ventures alone into the forest intent on destroying the people of the Morning Tribe, and finds himself in danger. He is saved by Dusk and Dawn and a deep bond forms between them as Tom gains an understanding not only of the forest, but of shared values and a greater global mission. When the trio of youngsters save Tom's father and the Agricorp crew, who are attempting to burn the rain forest, it changes the relationship between father and son into a positive one forever.
The Morning Tribe's theme and content derive from the work of the White Feather Foundation created in 2007 by Julian Lennon--recipient of the UNESCO 2020 Cross Cultural and Peace Crafter Award--that has been active in the rain forest for more than a decade. A portion of the proceeds from book sales will go to support the environmental and humanitarian efforts of The White Feather Foundation.
Target age: 8 to 12
"It's rare to find a beautiful book that speaks directly to kids, in both a playful and thoughtful way, about something as important as caring for our planet and all of its inhabitants. Touch The Earth combines this magic with true hand-to-page interactivity deftly woven into the narrative (and illustrations), creating a story I believe both kids and adults will want to read over and over again." --Laurie Berkner, musician
"Julian Lennon does a masterful job of bringing together the appeal of a graphic novel for younger readers with an artful balance of action, meaningful dialogue, and valuable teaching on many topics, unified by a theme of environmental preservation and man-made dangers to Earth's rainforests. Lennon unwraps issues in an engaging and empowering manner that truly inspires." --Yolanda Kondonassis, multiple Grammy-nominated classical musician, environmental activist, and author of My Earth, My Home: A Kid's Book About Why Protecting Our Planet Matters
About the Authors:
Julian Lennon is a Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, photographer, documentarian, philanthropist, and New York Times bestselling author of Touch the Earth. Born in Liverpool, England, Lennon is an observer of life in all its forms developing his personal expression through his artistic endeavors. In 2007, Lennon founded the global environmental and humanitarian organization The White Feather Foundation, whose key initiatives are education, health, conservation, and the protection of indigenous culture.
Bart Davis is an international bestselling author of novels and nonfiction books. His most recent is Black and White: The Way I See It, the biography of Richard Williams, father of tennis champions Venus and Serena Williams. He has also written two feature films and, with co-author Julian Lennon, the New York Times bestselling children's books Touch the Earth, Heal the Earth, and Love the Earth. Davis lives in New York City.
Alejandra "Ale" Green and Fanny Rodriguez are a pair of creatives from Mexico who love to create and illustrate stories. Ale is a freelance illustrator and comic artist that graduated from Animation. Fanny is a freelance writer and illustrator with a degree in graphic design. Both have worked as artists for video games and now create their own comics, hoping to inspire others through our work. They are the authors of the graphic novel Fantastic Tales of Nothing.