First Light


When Peter’s father, a climatologist, determines to take his family on his latest expedition to Greenland, the problems seem to be in the leave-taking, the cold, the preparations. However, Peter’s soaring headaches, so closely aligned to his mother’s failing health, and the odd ice shelf that Peter and his father’s assistant discover, lead to revelations of which he could never dream. This ice shelf is marked by a red bracelet; beneath the ice lies a whole, waiting world….

‘First Light’, a weird, wonderful, apocalyptic book is a ‘stand-alone’ story. Rebecca Stead is a rare author, who offers something different in every title. This is not only different, but mesmerising; the story stays within the reader. It is quite exceptional. We recommend ‘First Light‘ highly.

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First Light

Rebecca Stead

(Andersen Press)

Peter’s hidden headaches suggest they will be the problem of First Light. He and his family are travelling to Greenland where his scientist father will continue his research. However the story is bigger than this, as Peter realises when he discovers a snag of red wool trapped within an ice block. Who left this there? This pocket of Greenland is supposedly untouched territory yet the red wool suggests otherwise. What happens if Peter follows its trail?
Yet again Rebecca Stead floors us with the scale of her imagination and skill. This title is so unlike her other acclaimed titles such as Liar & Spy or When You Reach Me.  Bookwagon recommends ‘First Light’ highly to its readers. It is an outstanding story; utterly compulsive and wonderful.

Newbery Medal winner.


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