When a shy girl and her dragon-like companion discover their countrys idyllic weather comes at a steepand secretcost, they recruit fellow students to defy authority and attempt to spread the truth.
Storm beasts and their guardians create perfect weather every day, and Mina longs for a storm beast of her own. But when the gentle girl bonds with a lightning beasta creature of fire and chaoseveryones certain its a mistake. Everyone but Mina and the beast himself, Pixit. Quickly enrolled in lightning school, Mina struggles to master a guardians skills, and she discovers that her country's weather comes at a devastating costa cost powerful people wish to hide. Minas never been the type to speak out, but someone has to tell the truth, and, with Pixits help, she resolves to find a way to be heard.
About the Author
Sarah Beth Durst is theauthor of fantasy novels for children, teens, and adults. Winner of the Mythopoeic Award and an ALAAlex Awardand thrice nominated for the Andre Norton Award for YA Science Fiction and Fantasy, she lives in New York. www.sarahbethdurst.com, Twitter: @sarahbethdurst.
"[F]ascinating but powerful....The underlying theme of the book reminds readers that it only takes one spark from one child to change the world."Booklist, STARRED review
"The effusive adoration between Mina and her beast, Pixit, evokes The Golden Compass....[Spark is] warm, exciting, hopeful."Kirkus
"[Mina and Pixit's]mutually encouraging relationship will resonate....A reassuring journey of self-discovery."School Library Journal
"Readers with a yearning for adventure and justice will delight in this one, and quiet youngsters will especially appreciate receiving respect."Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Introverts will appreciate Minas strategies for finding alternative ways to stand up for herself, and her eventual carving out of her quiet but determined place among her schoolmates will resonate with them."The Horn Book