Before we get started, the winners of my giveaway of The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen have been selected! They are...
Terry, Cheriee, and Natalie!
Congratulations to the winners, and thanks so much to everyone who entered! I truly wish I could have given a copy of The Magic Fish to everyone, but since I cannot do so, I can only implore you to go out and buy a copy of this marvelous book!
Now that that's done, for MMGM and #IMWAYR, I am recommending First Light by Rebecca Stead.
|The current cover.|
First Light is the debut novel of beloved and crazy-talented MG author Rebecca Stead, who also wrote When You Reach Me, Liar & Spy, Goodbye Stranger, Bob (with Wendy Mass), and The List of Things That Will Not Change. Stead is, no question, my favorite author in existence, yet I had never read her very first novel—until now. I decided to read First Light after rereading Goodbye Stranger for probably the seventh time and not wanting it to end; coincidentally, fellow #IMWAYR blogger Aaron Cleaveley was also reading it recently as well! First Light is written in third-person from the perspectives of Peter and Thea. Peter often feels a bit distanced from his parents, both of whom are hard-working scientists, so he is excited when his family decides to take a trip together to Greenland so his father can continue studying glaciers. He's also harboring a bit of a secret: he's been getting strange headaches and vision sensations for some time now. To Thea, glaciers are no mystery: she lives inside one, along with many other people that form the hidden society of Gracehope. Thea lives with her aunt Lana and works in Gracehope's dog-breeding grounds (every citizen of Gracehope receives a dog companion known as a Chikchu). Thea is struggling, however, to convince Gracehope's government (run by her grandmother, Rowen) to explore the surface once again, just as her late mother Mai tried to do. Peter and Thea don't know it, but their worlds are about to collide in remarkable ways, changing everything they thought they knew.
|The original cover—|
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