The Flooded Earth

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The Flooded Earth

By Mardi McConnochie
Juvenile Cli-Fi Ages 9–12
ISBN: 978-1-77278-049-9 (HC)
List Price: $17.95 CAD / $16.95 USD
Hardcover with dust jacket
Trim Size: 5.5 x 8 inches / 13.97 x 20.23 cm
Pages: 336

Publication Date: November 16, 2018
Ship Date: October 19, 2018

Distributed in the U.S. by Ingram Publisher Services

Forty years after the Earth was devastated by massive flooding, four children on one small sailboat must flee corrupt authorities and overcome the dangers of the sea that drowned their world

Forty years after a devastating flood changed the face of the earth, new consequences and challenges are still surfacing.

Twins Will and Annalie thought the hardest part about this year was going to be their separation when bookish Annalie began life at a prestigious Admiralty-run boarding school and avid sailor Will stayed behind in the flood-damaged slums. But that was before the Admiralty raided their father’s workshop. Before they sent a questioner to threaten Annalie at school. Before their father disappeared, leaving a single coded clue to his destination. Desperate for answers and to find their father, the twins set out in the family’s small sailboat. But though they are both experienced sailors, they have no idea what dangers the sea has in store.

In The Flooded Earth, Mardi McConnochie writes adventure at a breakneck pace, drawing readers into a race against pirates, authorities, and the sea itself in a not-so-distant future full of new technology and old human failings.

Awards and Honours:
2018 Booklandia List & Shout: Twins Peak selection

“[T]his adventure novel is a strong series opener with a unique and timely concept. The fast-paced story will keep readers engaged, and solid world building will draw readers into this fascinating cli-fi (climate fiction) tale. VERDICT A timely addition to most middle grade collections.”—School Library Journal

“McConnochie covers serious topics prevalent today through the journeys of four kids who provide touches of innocence in this gritty world, each with their own tragedies and obstacles that they turn to one another for help overcoming. A bright adventure that touches upon a range of intense themes, from climate change to the refugee crisis.”—Booklist

“As is typical of the cli-fi genre, McConnochie explores current-world issues within her adventure….Despite the post-disaster setting, an exciting and old-fashioned sailboat quest with pirates, secret codes, storms, and cannibals.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Questions of valuing human life, responsibly caring for the environment, proactively responding to natural disasters, and thoughtfully considering governmental authority could emerge as a result of reading this book…these advanced themes makes the story richer…In a racially charged society, focusing character development on relationships, rather than physical attributes, is mentally refreshing….Recommended.”—School Library Connection

“Mardi McConnochie’s middle grade, cli-fi dystopia is a wild adventure across a wildly different Earth….The magnificent capabilities of the book’s determined young leads emerge as The Flooded Earth’s dominant force. Readers of this first in the series will be eager to learn where the team’s sailboat takes them next…”—Foreword Reviews

“A taut, suspenseful, masterfully written ‘cli-fi’ thriller, The Flooded Earth combines the best of speculative fiction with strong characterization and moral dilemma….[R]eaders will find themselves…exhilarated, and begging for more. Highly Recommended.”—CM Magazine

“[T]he first in a series of books following the children, and I am dying to find out the next adventures for them. The author is well-known for both children’s and adult fiction in Australia, and I am pleased to discover her.”—Canadian Bookworm