BOOK of the week

First Light

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Peter is excited that he gets to skip school to go with his scientist dad to Greenland to study global warming. But at the top of the world, Peter discovers that there's more to life there than driving dog sleds. Could the strange visions he's having be from other people trying to communicate with him?

Meanwhile, far under the ice cap lives Thea, a girl who has never seen the sun. She dreams of leading her people away from their dark lives under the arctic ice. But if Thea's world has to melt to set her free, what does that mean for Peter, his family and everyone else on the surface of Earth?

This mysterious novel uses science fiction to tell a tale about global warming and how all living things are connected. With so many kids and grown-ups worried about the environment, "First Light" is a great discussion starter.

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