First Light

First Light

By Rebecca Stead; David Ackroyd (Read by); Coleen Marlo (Read by)

Listening Library, Compact Disc, 9780307710659, 6pp.

Publication Date: April 13, 2010


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.

About the Author
Rebecca Stead ("Plan B") went to the kind of elementary school where a person could sit on a windowsill or even under a table to read a book, and no one told you to come out and be serious. After trying to be serious as a lawyer for a while, she decided to be a full-time writer. Her bookWhen You Reach Mewas awarded the Newbery Medal in 2010 and was a New York Times bestseller. She lives in New York City with her family.

"AudioFile" Earphones Award winner Coleen Marlo has earned numerous "Publishers Weekly" Listen-Up Awards and won an Audie Award for her narration of "Snakewoman of Little Egypt" by Robert Hellenga.

Praise For First Light

“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