First Light

First Light

Book rating: 04 Paperback

By (author) Rebecca Stead

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  • Publisher: Yearling Books
  • Format: Paperback | 328 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 193mm x 25mm | 249g
  • Publication date: 14 October 2008
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0440422221
  • ISBN 13: 9780440422228
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 77,838

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PETER IS THRILLED to leave New York City to accompany his parents on an expedition to Greenland to study global warming. There he has visions of things that should be too far away for him to see. Generations ago, the people of Thea's community were hunted for possessing unusual abilities, so they fled beneath the ice. Thea needs help that only Peter can give. Their meeting reveals secrets of both their pasts, and changes the future for them both forever.

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Rebecca Stead is a former attorney who lives in Manhattan with her husband and two children. "First Light "is her first book.

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By TeensReadToo 25 Sep 2010 4

Peter Solemn will be leaving his life behind as he accompanies his family to Greenland. His father is a glaciologist and is going to research the ice caps and the effects of global warming.

Thea already lives in Greenland - although not freely. The people in the society she lives with, Gracehope, all fled Europe because of persecution, hiding underneath the ice, unable to go above to see what this new world has to offer.

Curious as she is, Thea has always wondered what it's like above all of the ice. Even though her grandma, who just so happens to be the leader of the society, does not allow it, Thea is going to do all she can to see what exactly is happening on top of her world.

With the help of a map, Peter and Thea discover one another. Two people from two completely different worlds...and yet somehow both are connected to each other.

Without wanting to give away too much, Peter and Thea's world collide, sometimes for the best, most of the times for the worse.

Odd and captivating, FIRST LIGHT is one of those books that you just have to read in order to understand the brilliance and imagination. Another plus is the mentioning of global warming, which some may believe in while others do not. However, regardless of beliefs, FIRST LIGHT is one novel you want to experience.

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"Peter and Thea are vividly realized. . . . Gracehope itself is sketched with sure strokes, its icy setting and its matriarchal social structure fresh and believable.""--The Horn Book Magazine ""Stead's debut novel rests on an intriguing premise. . . . It is a testament to the storytelling that the existence of this parallel world and the convergence of Peter and Thea's stories, told in separate chapters, are both credible and absorbing. Young readers will find this a journey worth taking.""--Publishers Weekly"