New York: Margaret Ferguson Books - Holiday House, 2022. First Edition, First Printing (13579108642). Hardcover. Royal 8vo., orange paper over boards lettered/decorated in black, pp. 255. Graphic color illustrations throughout. -- Signed by the author with a drawing on the front endpaper. Fine / near fine. Item #10693
A ten-year-old girl may be the only person who can save humanity from extinction in this exciting graphic novel adventure. It's been fifty years since a sun shift wiped out nearly all mammal life across the earth. Towns and cities are abandoned relics, autonomous machines maintain roadways, and the world is slowly being reclaimed by nature. Isolated pockets of survivors keep to themselves in underground sites, hiding from the lethal sunlight by day and coming above ground at night. 10-year-old Elvie and her caretaker, Flora, a biologist, are the only two humans who can survive during daylight because Flora made an incredible discovery - a way to make an antidote to sun sickness using the scales from monarch butterfly wings. Unfortunately, it can only be made in small quantities and has a short shelf life. Free to travel during the day, Elvie and Flora follow monarchs as they migrate across the former Western United States, constantly making new medicine for themselves while trying to find a way to make a vaccine they can share with everyone. -- An American Library Association Notable Children's Book An ALA Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table Top Ten Best Graphic Novels for Children Selection Named to the Little Maverick Graphic Novel Reading List A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year A New York Public Library Best Book of the Year An NPR Book We Love A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year A Booklist Editors' Choice Selection.