First Light

First Light

eBook - 2007
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When twelve-year-old Peter and his family arrive in Greenland for his father's research, he stumbles upon a secret his mother has been hiding from him all his life, and begins an adventure he never imagines possible.
Publisher: New York : Wendy Lamb Books, [2007]
Copyright Date: ©2007
ISBN: 9780307495471
Characteristics: 1 online resource.
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
Study Program: Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.8 10.0 115393.


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Dec 03, 2018

Twelve-year old Peter lives in New York City with his biologist mother and his glaciologist father. When an opportunity arises to study in Greenland, the whole family packs up to spend a few exciting months in the arctic. Fourteen-year old Thea has never seen the sun. Escaping from accusations of witchcraft, her people escaped and set up a civilization inside a glacier, existing in secret for generations. Thea is determined to find a way to the Earth’s surface. Peter is happily exploring his new environment. Slowly but surely, the two narratives move toward each other in a stunning climax. This is one of the most original and genuinely fun stories I’ve read in a long time.

ArapahoeKati Jul 03, 2017

A very interesting and well-done concept. Great for grades 4-6 readers who like a little more believable sci-fi in their fiction.

ChristchurchKids Dec 21, 2014

First Light by Rebecca Stead tells the story of two children who live two very different lives. Thea has never seen the sun. She lives deep within a glacier in Greenland. Long ago, her people were accused of witchcraft and escaped hunters to take refuge under the ice in their new home, Gracehope. When Thea is handed a map of Gracehope, she discovers a secret passage leading to the outside world, which she sets off to explore. However, her search forces her to defy her grandmother, who is the leader of her people, and reveals the truth behind her mother’s tragic death. Peter lives in New York, but has come to Greenland to live on the ice while his father studies climate change. While in Greenland, he starts to have strange visions that lead him towards a meeting with Thea. Their two worlds collide and life for the people of Gracehope will never be the same again.

First Light reminded me a lot of Juno of Taris by Fleur Beale. Thea lives in a society that is shut off from the outside world and when she discovers that their leaders have deceived them, she tries to find a way out. The story is a mixture of real life, fantasy, adventure, science and mystery that will keep you guessing right to the end. I loved the world of Gracehope with its transport (ice skates), technology (light globes and ice sealant) and the Chikchu (husky-type dogs). If you’re looking for First Light in the library it has a different cover and doesn’t have a blurb (which is why I haven’t picked it up before), but don’t be put off because it’s a great story. Recommended for 10+ 8 out of 10

I read this with my 10 year old daughter. We found it boring and couldn't finish it. Although my child is an advanced reader, it was a little hard for my 10 year old (now in fourth grade) to understand.

lakevilla_IDOL Jul 03, 2013

So far this is my favorite book. i couldn't put it down.

xxdianachkaxx Jul 01, 2012

Such a great book! I recommend this book to anyone. I read the first page and couldnt stop reading. Hope that who ever reads this book enjoys it like i do. It teaches people a lot about the world we live in. Love thus book :)

samdog123 Apr 30, 2011

Really a very good book by this author who wrote one of my favourite tween books last year, When you Reach me. When Peter and his familiy go to Greenland for a research project, he accidentally meets Thea, a girl who lives in an underground alternate world beneath the ice. Good references to global warming and an interesting plot. If you liked City of Embers, give this title a try.


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