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Two Degrees

Fire. Flood. Ice.

In the Sierra Nevada mountains of California, Akira and her horse struggle to escape a massive wildfire.

In Churchill, Manitoba, Owen and George flee starving polar bears that have been stranded on land by melting sea ice.

In Miami, Florida, Natalie fights to keep her head above water–and save her neighbor’s dog–as her city drowns in a hurricane.

Though they live thousands of miles from each other and face disparate challenges, Akira, Owen, George, and Natalie will come to understand they are more deeply connected than they ever could have imagined–and in ways that will change them and, possibly, the world.

Four different kids. Three different threats. Two degrees of temperature rise. One single cause: Climate change.

Scholastic | October 4, 2022 | Ages 8 and Up

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Buckle up for “Two Degrees,” a Hollywood thriller of a book.

—The New York Times

Gratz renders pulse-pounding ecological tales and high-stakes calamity with the brisk pacing of a thriller.

—Publishers Weekly

The scary message is delivered with wrenching, dramatic urgency.

—Kirkus Reviews

The audio production weaves the multiple narratives into a seamless, thrilling adventure.

—Booklist (Audiobook)

Alan Gratz is a master of this genre, and Two Degrees is one of his best.

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Fans of Gratz and the “I Survived” series will welcome this action-packed title.

—School Library Journal


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