First Light by Rebecca Stead

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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.

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Rebecca Stead is the author of First Light. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and their two sons.
Published December 18, 2008 by Yearling. 338 pages
Genres: Computers & Technology, Nature & Wildlife, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Science & Math. Fiction

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After settling into the frozen world, Peter senses his parents share a secret, while he experiences migraines with strange visual effects.

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Twelve-year-old Peter is excited when he learns that his father, a glaciologist (a scientist who studies glaciers), is planning to take him, along with Peter's mother and a graduate student named Jonas, on an expedition to Greenland.

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Determined to prove that she is right, Thea sets out to find a passage to the upper world, but her journey draws both Thea and Peter into greater danger than they could ever imagine.

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