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Green Boy

Green Boy

For Ages: 9 - 12
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Two brothers encounter danger and adventure in a world of the future in this classic dystopian novel from Newbery Medalist Susan Cooper.

On their idyllic Bahamian island, Trey’s little brother, Lou, is different. He doesn’t speak and suffers from frightening seizures. But when he and Trey find themselves mysteriously transported to Pangaia, an Otherworld where pollution and over-development have all but destroyed nature, a militant environmental group greets Lou as the prophesied hero who will save their world.

But to realize this prophecy, Lou must take Trey on a terrifying and dangerous mission, with much more at stake than the fate of Pangaia—and it’s not all in the future. Does Lou have the power to save his present-day island home from developers who will turn it into their own version of Pangaia?
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  • Margaret K. McElderry Books | 
  • 208 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781442480827 | 
  • August 2013 | 
  • Grades 4 - 7
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Green Boy ONE
It was a little fluttering sound in the roof, moving. The living room of Grand’s house reaches up high, with beams across it, and one side open to the porch. Along the top beam the little sound ran, very soft, you could scarce hear it. Then at the wall it turned, and came fluttering down a side beam. You could begin to see a shape now. So small: was it a moth? A spider?

Lou was watching. He moved toward it.

“Careful,” I said. “Don’t touch. Might be poisonous.”
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Green Boy TWO
It was the next day, and we were out in our boat, heading for Long Pond Cay. There was a small breeze, but the water was way calm, and the tide coming in. The boat is a battered nine-foot dinghy that Grand let me have when I came ten years old, though it wasn’t the birthday that did it, it was my growing enough so that my head touched the five-foot mark on the wall. That mark had been there through all my uncles growing up, and my mother and my aunts. Grand said you had to be that tall to have the strength and... see more

About the Author

Susan Cooper
Photograph © Tsar Fedorsky Photography 2013

Susan Cooper

Susan Cooper is the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement. Her classic five-book fantasy sequence The Dark Is Rising won the Newbery Medal and a Newbery Honor and has sold millions of copies worldwide. She is also the author of Victory, a Booklist Top Ten Historical Fiction for Youth book and a Washington Post Top Ten for Children novel; King of Shadows, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor book; The Boggart; Seaward; Ghost Hawk; and many other acclaimed novels for young readers and listeners. She lives in Massachusetts, and you can visit her online at TheLostLand.com.

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