Polly and the One and Only World by Don Bredes

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Set in a much-diminished America called the Christian Protectorates, a poor country ravaged by coastal flooding, drought, and catastrophic social upheaval, the novel features 15-year-old Polly Lightfoot, a maiden witch of deep heritage and tender ability in the craft.  When her identity is exposed, Polly is forced to flee New Florida, where she has taken refuge from a military purge of the country's infidels, pagans, and followers of false creeds.  With the help of her steadfast familiar, a raven named Balthazar, and her brave teenage companion, Leon, Polly undertakes a harrowing journey from the troubled south to the wild north to rejoin her people in Vermont and save her ancient craft from obliteration.

Polly and the One and Only World presents a frighteningly vivid depiction of our stricken land in the stifling grip of fundamentalists and suffering the grim consequences of climate calamity.  Yet the story's dire vision will inspire readers of every age to appreciate their own freedom and their capacity, today, to work for positive social and political change.

About Don Bredes

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Don Bredes was born in New York City and attended Syracuse University, the University of California at Irvine, and Stanford University, where he was a Wallace Stegner Fellow. He is the author of three previous novels, and his writing has appeared in the Paris Review, Los Angeles Times, and The New York Times Magazine, among others. He lives with his wife and daughter in Wheelock, Vermont.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Published October 6, 2014 by Green Writers Press. 301 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Gr 9 Up—The "one and only world" referenced in the title is that of a near-future United States—magical, post-catastrophe, almost familiar, yet chillingly changed. Polly has been sent to the relative safety of her aunt and uncle in Florida to escape the Christian Protectorate government's purge o...

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