First Light

Stead, Rebecca

Book - 2007
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
First Light
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, c2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375940170
Branch Call Number: J STEAD
Characteristics: 328 p. ; 22 cm


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Not a series, but read more by this author if you like this one. I loved it, as well as "When You Were Here"

Great adventure with a twist. Hope you like it.

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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

Aug 23, 2014
  • HILARY SUSANNA MOSHMAN rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

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.

Jul 09, 2014
  • xxdianachkaxx rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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 :)

Jul 03, 2013

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

Apr 30, 2011
  • samdog123 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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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Aug 23, 2014
  • HILARY SUSANNA MOSHMAN rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

HILARY SUSANNA MOSHMAN thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

Mar 12, 2014
  • blue_badger_381 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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