The Newbery Awardwinning author of the series The Dark Is Rising brings young readers another adventure fantasy, an encouraging study of the unassuming power children have to change their worlds.
Twelve-year-old Trey and his little brother, Lou, a mute seven-year-old, live a simple, happy life with their grandparents on the fictitious Bahamian island of Lucaya. They have the run of the sea in the boat their grandfather gave them and spend most of their time on Long Pond Cay Island. There, they picnic under the casuarina trees, store favorite rocks and fossils in their secret cave, are friends with the local osprey, and marvel at the unspoiled beauty of their playground. Their world seems idyllic, until a foreign corporation suddenly threatens to "develop" Long Pond Cay into a tourist resort. Then something even more unexpected happens: Between tides on Long Pond Cay one day, the two enter the mysterious "Otherworld" -- Pangaia, a frighteningly overcrowded city-world where the natural environment has been destroyed and where Lou is not merely a mute little boy but the prophesied hero Lugh, born to replenish the world with trees. The boys shuttle back and forth between worlds, amid dangers they've never before known, in order to save Pangaia, their future, and Long Pond Cay, their present. But is Lou/Lugh's power strong enough to prevail, before Long Pond Cay is gone forever?
In Green Boy, Susan Cooper not only tells an action-packed story of personal survival and family loyalty but also presents a powerful social argument for young readers to ponder: What's more important, an unspoiled natural environment or corporate development? In addition, readers will love the sweetness and strength of Trey and Lou, Trey's protectiveness of his little brother, and their obvious affection for each other. (Michele D. Thomas)