The CRYSTAL DROP by Monica Hughes

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After their mother's death, Megan and her unpredictable little brother, Ian, are determined to leave their drought-stricken land and find the waterfall to which their uncle escaped years before.
 

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Monica Hughes was born in Liverpool, England on November 3, 1925. Before joining the Women's Royal Naval Service, she lived in Egypt as a child and went to school in Scotland. During World War II, she worked on breaking German codes. In 1952, she immigrated to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and began working at Ottawa's National Research Council. She started writing survival stories and science fiction novels for young adults. Her works include the Isis trilogy and Hunter in the Dark. She won numerous awards including the Phoenix Award for literary merit. She was named to the Order of Canada in 2002. She died from a stroke on March 7, 2003 at the age of 77.
 
Published January 1, 1992 by Harper Collins Publishers. 212 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When their mother dies in childbirth, teenaged Megan and her younger brother Ian flee their arid farm--ecological catastrophe has made Canada's Alberta a desert--and, lured by the promise of abundant water, head for the Rockies, braving an array of natural hazards and encountering only a few peop...

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