Author: Hilari Bell
Page Count: 288
Ages: 12 and up
Grades: 7 and Up
Trim: 5-1/2 x 8-1/4
Publication Date: January 2011
Genre: Science Fiction
About the Author: Hilari Bell has written more than a dozen novels of science fiction and fantasty, including the critically acclaimed Farsala Trilogy. She lives in Denver, Colorado.
Summary: from the back of the book
A century after 9/11, in a high-tech, high-security world, magic is the last thing on anyone's mind.
Something bad is happening. Trees are dying. People are getting sick. Fifteen-year-old Kelsa's father died from cancer - a particularly aggressive case, the doctors said. Science has no answers.
Then Kelsa meets a boy. He's the most beautiful boy Kelsa's ever seen, but he's also very strange. He claims to be Raven, the mythological creature. He keeps going on about magic and an impending ecological disaster and that Kelsa must help him save the world.
Maybe he's crazy.
Or maybe he's telling the truths people have forgotten. And maybe she should help him, even if doing so means risking her own life.
My Thoughts: Kelsa, a girl who was super close to her dad who just died, met a boy named Raven who is persistant in having her help save the Earth and both his and her worlds. She goes all the way through Utah, the US, Canada, and Alaska helping him and doing illegal things. So much so that the police have her on the most wanted list and have called her mom, who thought she was in Chicago with her aunt. To find out what happens, read the book.
This book really struck home that we really do need to take care of our planet if we want to be able to have good things, like oil (which in the book they didn't have because the Earth had ran out of oil) and no tree plague to kill the trees and cause cancer which no one can cure. I thought that Global Warming and the things that us humans did to effect that weren't true, that it was just the natural Ice Age, Warming Age, Ice Age, Warming Age squence of the Earth that we were going through, even though I had heard what could happen and what was starting to happen. Well, when I heard what was starting to happen (before I read this book) I was reconsidering but still keeping my thoughts that it was the Earth's nautral cycle. But, after reading this book, my mind has been set that Global Warming is real and we truely do need to start taking care of it.
I absoultely loved all the magic this book had in it, and making me sure of the global warming was just an added bonus. I strongly recommend having everyone check out this book. Though I would up the grade level to 9th grade, because it does have some cussing and illegal things we wouldn't want going into 7th grader's minds.
My rating: 4.8/5 stars