Author(s): Marcus Sedgwick
Original Publish Date: Feb 23, 2010
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (3.10 hours)
Product Number: Z100010488
Released: Feb 23, 2010
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780307705693
Narrator/s: Amanda Root
Publisher: Listening Library
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What if the sea began to rise . . . and rise . . . until the land began to disappear? A brilliant futuristic fantasy by an acclaimed new writer. Global warming has caused the sea to rise until cities are turning into islands and civilization is crumbling. Ten-year-old Zoe discovers a small rowboat and keeps it a secret until she sets out alone on the great sea to find her parents. She lands on tiny Eels Island, where she must survive in a nightmarish world run by wild children, and stand up to its boy-leader, Dooby. Zoe and a boy called Munchkin escape from Eels Island and cross the sea to the mainland, where they find not only Zoe's parents but a new family and a new world.

Professional reviews

"What will happen when global warming causes the oceans to rise? This is the question Marcus Sedgwick considers in his fast-moving science fiction tale. As 10-year-old Zoe navigates the remaining island cities of England, she also navigates the relationships within her extended and her nuclear families. Amanda Root narrates with all the tension and immediacy such an unsettling story demands. As Zoe moves from decision to decision, Root's voice carries the edge and tautness of someone trying desperately to cope, first with those trying to seize her boat, then with Dooby's clan, and finally, with her own feelings during the ordeal. The beauty in both the story and the narration is that just enough of the issue is raised to cause middle-grade listeners to seriously consider the problem but not to such a degree that fear outweighs concern. A.R. (c) AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine"