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First Light

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This remarkable and acclaimed debut novel by the Newbery-winning author of When You Reach Me introduces readers to a captivating, hidden world below the ice... Peter is thrilled to join his parents on an expedition to Greenland. But when they finally reach the ice cap, he struggles to understand a series of frightening yet enticing visions. Thea has never seen the sun. Her extraordinary people, suspected of witchcraft and nearly driven to extinction, have retreated to a secret world they've built deep inside the arctic ice. As Thea dreams of a path to Earth's surface, Peter's search for answers brings him ever closer to her hidden home in this dazzling tale of mystery, science, and adventure at the top of the world. "A mystic thriller." --Entertainment Weekly "Optimistic science fiction that highlights human ingenuity and survival under dire conditions." --The Wall Street Journalshow more

Product details

  • 9-12
  • Paperback | 328 pages
  • 132.08 x 193.04 x 25.4mm | 249.47g
  • Yearling Books
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0440422221
  • 9780440422228
  • 106,699

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A Junior Library Guild Selection A Book Sense Children's Pick A New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age A Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year--Outstanding Merit An IRA-CBC Notable Book A Parents' Choice Award Winner Named to Multiple State Award Lists "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 Weeklyshow more

About Rebecca Stead

REBECCA STEAD is the author of When You Reach Me, which was a New York Times bestseller and winner of the Newbery Medal and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Fiction, and Liar & Spy, which was also a New York Times bestseller, won the Guardian Prize for Children's Fiction, and was on multiple state master lists and best of the year lists. Her most recent book, Goodbye Stranger, was a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book for Fiction and a New York Times bestseller. She is also the author of First Light, which was nominated for many state awards. She lives in New York City with her family. Visit her online at rebeccasteadbooks.com.show more

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4,601 ratings
3.85 out of 5 stars
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4 39% (1,791)
3 25% (1,141)
2 6% (254)
1 2% (113)

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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.show more
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