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By Mardi McConnochie

The Skeleton Coast

Mardi McConnochie delivers the climactic finale to the action-packed cli-fi trilogy that began with The Flooded Earth

The grey light of dawn crept through the sky. The sun was yet to make its first appearance, but the crew of the Sunfish were already up and ready to weigh anchor.

Having barely escaped the dangers of a world dominated by gangs, the corrupt Admiralty, and the hostile sea, Will, Annalie and their friends must now set sail for their most daunting destination yet: Sundia. This isolated country, forbidden to outsiders, is where the twins must make their final stand in their search for answers—and for their father. But with all they’ve overcome so far on their journey, how long can their luck hold?

Packed with twists, dynamic characters, and compelling environmental themes, The Skeleton Coast brings Mardi McConnochie’s acclaimed cli-fi trilogy to a riveting conclusion.

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Ages 9-12
ISBN: 978-1-77278-099-4
List Price: $22.95 CAD / $18.95 USD
Hardback with reinforced binding & with printed dust jacket
Trim Size: 5.50 x 8.00 inches / 13.97 x 20.32cm
Pages: 288

Distributed in Canada by University of Toronto Press

Distributed in the U.S. by Ingram Publisher Services

Carton Quantity: 32

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Praise for The Skeleton Coast

“Thrilling…This is a satisfying conclusion to the high seas adventure quest that began in the first novel….Recommended for collections where the trilogy is popular.”—School Library Journal

“The last leg of their journey adds heartwarming reunions to the regular dose of adventure and danger, with themes of starting anew, family, friendship, and courage bringing this epic tale to a satisfying end.”—Booklist

“This satisfying trilogy closer is full of pluck.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Rating: G…The Skeleton Coast is a fast-paced adventure story full of difficult questions about climate change and morality….Mardi McConnochie’s novel presents an alarming portrait of a world where climate change has destroyed society as we know it. Is this our future?”—Resource Links

The Skeleton Coast, by continuing the highly credible adventure, moral questions, and imaginative view of a climate-ravaged future of the previous two installments in the series, brings the story to an exciting and satisfying conclusion….The question of ‘who are the good guys’ is deeply explored, the plight of refugees eerily prescient, and the sailing and survival skills of the kids put to thrilling test as usual….Highly Recommended.”—CM Magazine

“Rating: 4…This non-stop action/adventure book will keep readers flipping the pages quickly to determine the characters’ fates. The combination of environmentalism, adventure, and strong characterization make this an excellent series for purchase.”—Youth Services Book Review

“A great conclusion to [The Flooded Earth] series.”—Jill’s Book Blog

“This is a story that shows all the children having unique and necessary attributes and I liked that gender wasn’t an issue. Bravery is shown by all at different times, as is weakness.”—Canadian Bookworm


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