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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,300 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rebecca Stead Narrator: David Ackroyd, Coleen Marlo Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Peter is thrilled to leave New York City to accompany his parents on an expedition to Greenland to study global warming. There he has visions of things that should be too far away for him to see.

Generations ago, the people of Thea’s community were hunted for possessing unusual abilities, so they fled beneath the ice. Thea needs help that only Peter can give. Their meeting reveals secrets of both their pasts, and changes the future for them both forever.

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  • Peter and Thea are vividly realized. . . . Gracehope itself is sketched with sure strokes, its icy setting and its matriarchal social structure fresh and believable. The Horn Book Magazine
  • “Stead’s debut novel rests on an intriguing premise. . . . It is a testament to the storytelling that the existence of this parallel world and the convergence of Peter and Thea’s stories, told in separate chapters, are both credible and absorbing. Young readers will find this a journey worth taking. Publishers Weekly

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lauralee | 2/8/2014

    " I liked this book, but not as much as her second book, "When you Reach Me". It is a good 'coming of age' book about both a young boy and a young girl growing up in alternate worlds. Interesting how the author uses Global Warming in the story also. I did not like the fact that in the alternate world there are no real families, just Mothers and daughters and single men and boys. The author's reason for things being this way is interesting, but I don't agree as to the necessity. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kristine | 2/7/2014

    " Ver good YA read....enjoyed the story and characters "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kris | 2/6/2014

    " Recommended for gr. 6-10. My favorite so far of the Virginia Readers' Choice middle school books. Mark is a contemporary middle schooler who is excited to miss school to accompany his parents to Greenland where his scientist father is studying global warming. Thea lives in an underground world created by her people generations ago to escape persecution. How their separate worlds come together makes for fascinating reading. Students who liked City of Ember should like this one. It will also appeal to both boys and girls. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Janette | 1/29/2014

    " Really original, authentic characters, great setting. I hope she writes more! "

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