In this futuristic book, the world has changed due to global warming. All characters are learning to cope in a new world faced with the effects of climate change from a previous society who disregarded the build-up of greenhouse gases. Living towers house those willing to stay inside community walls while resisters live in the nearby forest. Transportation is mostly limited to walking. Going outside to be in the sun involves dealing with rampant poison ivy which thrives on the increased carbon dioxide levels. Air transport can only be used in emergencies. Readers meet the main student characters Brea, Robert, Kalli, Tristan, who want to work on solutions to help the earth.
Brea and Robert who live in the forested area both earn scholarships to attend city center secondary schools. Robert’s parents have been missing since their house slid down a hill and was covered in mud during a land bomb cyclone. Robert has also won an award allowing him and his grandfather to move to an apartment tower due to his asthma. Kalli and Tristan have a once in a lifetime opportunity to fly from Northern Ireland to the USA to work on climate solutions at the city center school.
Transportation vehicles were suddenly banned in 2028. Most work efforts were directed to renovating large apartments in tall towers previously built to accommodate more families. Construction toward travel was stopped. Wars were banned, being bad for the environment as well as human life. The Slip-Away spaceship, built but never really taken seriously by wealthy business people, becomes essential to them when they wish to avoid prosecution for polluting the planet.
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Three of the characters are Brea, Cara, and Mr. Washington. Students will circle the true statements to show understanding of the text read. Additionally, they might discuss how they knew which answers were correct or incorrect by citing text evidence.
Teachers are welcome to select which pages fit their class situations, or use them as large group discussion if there is a document camera available. The first one is “Memory Matching” which helps students organize the characters and events. Teachers may allow students to use the book with this page, work in pairs, or work in cooperative groups to find answers. It also may be used as an assessment near the end of the book.
For this settings page, students will circle the correct statements. Again, text evidence might be discussed for explaining why some answers were correct or incorrect.
The cause and effect work page will help students think through what happened as a reaction to another event.
There is an answer key with probable answers for all the work pages, although in some cases answers will vary.
There are more worksheets, also, as you can see by clicking the PDF link, above.