THE DEN OF FOREVER FROST by Kathryn Lasky
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THE DEN OF FOREVER FROST

From the "Bears of the Ice" series, volume 2
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Age Range: 8 - 12
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KIRKUS REVIEW

In a race against time, young polar bear cubs travel the icy north searching for a way to rescue their land from an evil cult and save the world from a cataclysm.

Following the events of Quest of the Cubs (2017), young Jytte, Stellan, and Third travel the dangerous wild with only ancient stories and an outdated map as a guide. Chased by Roguer bears collecting cubs to sacrifice to the great Ice Clock, they attempt to find their estranged father and beg his help. Aided by wood frogs, frost spiders, and a mysterious spirit bear, the three cubs face predators, natural disasters, and their own waning beliefs. Meanwhile, their mother, Svenna, enslaved by the Mystress of the Chimes, attempts to work from within to bring down the doomsday cult and find her missing cubs. Violence is minimal, but child abuse, child sacrifice, religious cleansing, and torture are all real threats in the northern kingdom. Calm and calculating Jytte, emotional and passionate Stellan, and deep and mystical Third are all complicated heroes. Pride, depression, and guilt prove to be as difficult to defeat as the cult, but the three cubs bring humility, hope, and forgiveness as they travel. Nonstop action, overwhelming odds, and a truly evil adversary will make readers clamor for the next installment. Occasional double-page–spread art (not seen) acts as a transitional device.

Proof that a sequel can shine just as brightly. (map) (Fantasy. 8-12)

Pub Date: Oct. 9th, 2018
ISBN: 978-0-545-83688-3
Page count: 256pp
Publisher: Scholastic
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 2018




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