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First Light

First Light by Rebecca Stead
Recommended for: Grades 4-6

Peter is in an arctic research tent in Greenland with his father, a scientist who studies glaciers. A New Yorker from birth, Peter has to learn about ice, sled dogs, arctic weather and survival.  Thea is in Gracehope, a secret world built inside a glacier. She loves skating with her best friend and working as an apprentice at the Chichku dog stables. Thea is the youngest girl in the most important bloodline in Gracehope, and in many ways the future of her society rests on her shoulders.  Peter and Thea are both searching for answers. Their search will lead them out into the far reaches of their homes and into one another’s worlds.
A book that is filled with science, adventure and mystery, First Light will appeal to many readers. Highly recommended to those who enjoyed City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau.

Reviewed by: Mrs. Waring

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Eager

Eager by Helen Fox
Recommended for: Grades 3 – 7

EGR3, a robot, is named Eager by the Bell family because of his “personality.” The family’s old robot, Grumps, is running down, so a friend loans them Eager to help out around the house. It is the end of the 21st century, and technology rules. The newest, human-like robots, BDC4s, seem perfect. However, when they begin to behave oddly, the Bell family becomes involved in the intrigue. Eager proves to be a very special robot indeed.

Reviewed by: Mrs. McIntire

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Marco’s Millions

Marco’s Millions by William Sleator
Recommended for: Grades 5-6

12 year old Marco’s love for travel and his younger sister Lilly (who has psychic powers) leads him to journey to other universes. This fast-paced science fiction story introduces us to strange insect-like inhabitants of a land dominated by a naked singularity, which swallows time and gravity. The insects are convinced that Marco and Lilly are the ones to save them, their planet and the universe. Prequel to The Boxes.

Reviewed by: Ms. Fisher

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Among the Impostors

Among the ImpostorsAmong the Impostors by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Recommended for: Grades 5 and up

A sequel to Among the Hidden, this story is a grabber. The reader is not sure who should be trusted and who shouldn’t in the boarding school where Luke is sent under an alias. The story takes place in a world where third children are not allowed and are sought by the Population Police. The reader has great empathy for Luke, a third child, as he is turned out from hiding and family protection, and is taken on an adventure that pulls, switches, and torments one’s allegiance to the characters. A fast moving, and sometimes disturbing, science fiction read.

Reviewed by: Mrs. McIntire

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