The Sunlight Pilgrims

Title

The Sunlight Pilgrims

Authors

Jenni Fagan

Publisher

Hogarth

Publication Year

2017

ISBN

9780553418897

Pages

320 pages

Genre

science fiction

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

It's November of 2020, and the world is freezing over. Each day colder than the last. There's snow in Israel, the Thames is overflowing, and an iceberg separated from the Fjords in Norway is expected to drift just off the coast of Scotland. As ice water melts into the Atlantic, frenzied London residents evacuate by the thousands for warmer temperatures down south. But not Dylan. Grieving and ready to build life anew, he heads north to bury his mother's and grandmother's ashes on the Scottish islands where they once lived. Hundreds of miles away, twelve-year-old Estella and her survivalist mother, Constance, scrape by in the snowy, mountainous Highlands, preparing for a record-breaking winter. Living out of a caravan, they spend their days digging through landfills, searching for anything with restorative and trading value. When Dylan arrives in their caravan park in the middle of the night, life changes course for Estella and Constance. Though the weather worsens, his presence brings a new light to daily life, and when the ultimate disaster finally strikes, they'll all be ready.

Grade Level

9-12; Adult

Diversity Topics

Family Relationships; LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Family member death; Transgender; death of a parent; death of a mother; death of a grandparent; transgender teenager

Main Character

male teenager; female teenager

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

mother

LGBTQ+

transgender female

Keywords

2020; global warming; climate change; nature; dystopian; apocalypse; Scotland; Ireland; ice age; survival

Diversity Impact

direct

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