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by Stead, Rebecca.

Format: Print Book 2007
Availability: Available at 8 Libraries 8 of 9 copies
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Bethel Park Public Library Juvenile Fiction juv STEAD Rebecca
Location  Bethel Park Public Library
Collection  Juvenile Fiction
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Brentwood Library Juvenile Fiction JUV Stead
Location  Brentwood Library
Collection  Juvenile Fiction
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CLP - Main Library First Floor Children's Department - Fiction Collection j FICTION Stead
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Collection  First Floor Children's Department - Fiction Collection
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Carnegie Free Library of Swissvale Children Fiction J Fic Ste
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Collection  Children Fiction
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Cooper-Siegel Community Library Young Adult YA FIC STE
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Mt. Lebanon Public Library Children's Fiction j STEAD
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Children's Fiction
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Penn Hills Library Juvenile Fiction j STE
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Collection  Juvenile Fiction
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Upper St. Clair Township Library Juvenile Fiction JUV STEAD
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Collection  Juvenile Fiction
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Peter is thrilled to join his parents on an expedition to Greenland, where his father studies global warming. Peter will get to skip school, drive a dogsled, and--finally--share in his dad's adventures. But on the ice cap, Peter struggles to understand a series of visions that both frighten and entice him.

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.

Rebecca Stead's fascinating debut novel is a dazzling tale of mystery, science and adventure at the top of the world.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "The father of 12-year-old Peter is a glaciologist, his mother, a genetic scientist. Peter is thrilled when his father decides to take the family on his latest excursion to Greenland to study the effects of global warming. Fourteen-year-old Thea lives in a secret society called Gracehope under the Greenland ice. After finding a map that leads her to the surface, she becomes obsessed with seeing the sun and bringing her people back above ground. Peter and Thea accidentally meet on the surface and discover, through a secret kept by Peter's mother, that their destinies are unexpectedly joined. This debut novel is slow to start, and Stead's world building isn't quite convincing. There are some gaps in Gracehope's invented mythology, and the motivations behind the creation of the underground utopia are vague and simplistic. But the icy setting and global-warming theme are well realized, and middle-school fans of Neil Shusterman's Downsiders (2000) and Jeanne DuPrau's Books of Ember will also enjoy this solid, well-meaning fantasy. --Jennifer Hubert Copyright 2007 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Stead's debut novel rests on an intriguing premise-that a group of people with unusual powers was forced to flee England generations ago to live peacefully below the ice in the "cold world" of Greenland. Fourteen-year-old Thea is a strong-willed resident of Gracehope, named after the woman who sacrificed her life to fulfill her dream of resettling her community safely under the glaciers. However, Thea, the last woman in Grace's direct bloodline, insists that her ancestor's intention was never to stay in Gracehope forever, but to rejoin life on the surface. Her life is forever changed the day she and her cousin find a secret tunnel to the world above and meet Peter, the 12-year old son of two scientists from New York who are ostensibly researching global warming. Peter is a reticent child who, like his mother, suffers from headaches and unusual ailments. After a long build-up, including a seemingly ancillary scientific puzzle about DNA, the story takes on a livelier pace as the central mystery unfolds-the connection between Peter and Thea. 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. Ages 9-12. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Secrecy -- Juvenile fiction.
Adventure stories.
Secrets -- Fiction.
Adventure and adventurers -- Fiction.
Greenland -- Juvenile fiction.
Greenland -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Wendy Lamb Books,2007
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Awards A Junior Library Guild selection
Description 328 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9780375840173 (hardcover)
0375840176 (hardcover)
9780440422228 (pbk.)
9780375940170 (glb)
0375940170 (glb)
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