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· Wendy Lamb Books
· Hardcover · Ages 8-12 years
· June 26, 2007 · $15.99 · 978-0-375-84017-3 (0-375-84017-6)

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

Peter is thrilled to join his parents on an expedition to Greenland, where his father studies global warming. Peter will get to skip school, drive a dogsled, and–finally–share in his dad’s adventures. But on the ice cap, Peter struggles to understand a series of visions that both frighten and entice him.

Thea has never seen the sun. Her extraordinary people, suspected of witchcraft and nearly driven to extinction, have retreated to a secret world they’ve built deep inside the arctic ice. As Thea dreams of a path to Earth’s surface, Peter’s search for answers brings him ever closer to her hidden home.

Rebecca Stead’s fascinating debut novel is a dazzling tale of mystery, science and adventure at the top of the world.

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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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WINNER 2008 - Texas Lone Star Reading List
WINNER 2007 - Parents' Choice Award
WINNER 2007 - Book Sense Children's Pick List
NOMINEE 2011 - Washington Sasquatch Reading Program Master List
WINNER - Bank Street Child Study Children's Book Award
NOMINEE - IRA Children's Book Award for Younger Readers
WINNER - New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age
NOMINEE - Rhode Island Children's Book Award
NOMINEE - Illinois Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Award
NOMINEE - Oklahoma Sequoyah Children's Book Award
NOMINEE - Texas Lone Star Reading List
NOMINEE - Florida Sunshine State Book Award
NOMINEE - Virginia Young Readers Program Award

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY

Rebecca Stead is a former attorney who lives in Manhattan with her husband and two children. This is her first book.

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