The Resource Spark, by Sarah Beth Durst

Spark, by Sarah Beth Durst

Label
Spark
Title
Spark
Statement of responsibility
by Sarah Beth Durst
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Naturally quiet since birth, Mina and her stormbeast, Pixit, lead others like themselves in defying authority and attempting to spread the truth that Alorria's idyllic weather comes at a steep cost
Storyline
Character
Review
  • Grades 4-7 /* Starred Review */ Alorria is a perfect land of sunshine, gentle rain, and breezes whenever needed, as its weather is controlled by storm beasts and their guardians. Here, quiet Mina and her family live. Things for Mina are about to change drastically, as her storm-egg hatches after two years to reveal that her storm beast, Pixit, is a lightning beast. Her family thinks there’s been a mistake; how can Mina, with her quiet, gentle nature, control a lightning beast? But off she and Pixit go to Mytris Lightning School in the Northwest Barrens. Frightened and excited, Mina wants terribly to succeed with Pixit, although mishaps seem to constantly beset them. When they fly off course in a practice storm, both are injured and cared for by people across the mountains whom Mina didn’t know existed. This leads to the pair’s life mission: to make the people of Alorria understand their perfect world is creating chaos for the rest of the world. Durst’s fantasy is fascinating and powerful, requiring only a modicum of suspension of disbelief. The well-developed characters represent typical preteens, from the shy but deep-thinking Mina to her boisterous roommate to their two adventure-hungry teammates. The underlying theme of the book reminds readers that it only takes one spark from one child to change the world. -- J. B. Petty (Reviewed 4/15/2019) (Booklist, vol 115, number 16, p78)
  • Gr 4–7—Mina is the quiet one in her family, secure in her everyday life on the farm just as she yearns to discover what the rest of the world holds. Though she is honored with the responsibility of raising a storm beast egg, her joy is complicated when Pixit hatches and reveals his ability as a lightning beast. Everyone thinks the two are ill-matched, but the love they share carries into their adventures at lightning school, where Mina learns what it means to be a guardian and help control the weather by managing Pixit's behavior. She doesn't expect the political and environmental challenge that awaits her, but faces it bravely with the help of new friends and a supportive teacher. Children who are shy or struggle with self-confidence will relate to Mina's desire to avoid attention, as well as her fear that she will never fit in anywhere or with anyone. The bond Mina immediately feels with Pixit is reflective of the very real experience many children share with their pets; their mutually encouraging relationship will resonate. VERDICT A reassuring journey of self-discovery that will charm readers of Claire Fayers and Kristin Bailey's middle grade fantasy tales, as well as those who enjoyed Rebecca Rupp's "The Dragon of Lonely Island" duology.—Kerry Sutherland, Akron-Summit County Public Library --Kerry Sutherland (Reviewed 04/01/2019) (School Library Journal, vol 65, issue 3, p71)
  • While training to help helm the weather, a girl realizes that her country's constructed climate has consequences. Twelve-year-old Mina lives on her family's farm in sunny Alorria, country of soft breezes and blue skies. There's never been a tornado, hurricane, or thunderstorm; except on the mountaintops, snow exists only in stories. But the climate isn't naturally occurring: Five types of storm beasts—sun, rain, wind, snow, lightning—and their loving human guardians keep the weather calm and productive. For example, they direct wind to the sea and moderate it to sailors' advantage. When Mina's beast hatches as a lightning beast, everyone's shocked: Mina's so quiet she often goes unheard, and lightning guardians should be "brash and loud and brave." But Mina is brave, though sometimes self-doubting, and she finds creative ways to be heard. Probing the undiscussed connection between Alorria's intentional weather and the weather across the mountains where "outsiders" live spurs this thoughtful heroine into forbidden actions to address her realization that "The truth ha[s] faces. And graves." Race is unmentioned; nothing hints away from a white default. The effusive adoration between Mina and her beast, Pixit, evokes The Golden Compass' Lyra and Pan, though Pixit and Mina can separate; readers will crave their own dragon-shaped storm beast with a face "like a lizard crossed with a puppy" to take them flying into storms and grabbing lightning with their hands. Warm, exciting, hopeful, and ethical. (Fantasy. 9-12) (Kirkus Reviews, March 1, 2019)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10776646
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Durst, Sarah Beth
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
LC call number
PZ7.D93436
LC item number
Sp 2019
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 4
  • 7
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Quietude
  • Dragons
  • Weather
  • Fantasy
  • Quietude
  • Dragons
  • Weather
  • Fantasy fiction
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Fantasy & Magic
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Girls & Women
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Mythical
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Action & Adventure / General
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
Spark, by Sarah Beth Durst
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Publication
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
2018035180
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
311 pages
Isbn
9781328973429
Lccn
2018035180
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1045471977
Label
Spark, by Sarah Beth Durst
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
2018035180
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
311 pages
Isbn
9781328973429
Lccn
2018035180
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1045471977

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