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Burning Sunlight

Written by Anthea Simmons

Key Stage 3 Ecological and Environmental Interest - Fiction Politics, Law, Philosophy & Ethics Thrillers

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A gripping read, this is hard-hitting story about the climate emergency and the important role everyone can play in campaigning to avert it

A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month April 2021

Zaynab arrives in Devon from her home in Somaliland after the death of her mother, a passionate activist trying to improve lives in drought-stricken Somaliland. Unhappy, and lonely in her new environment, Zaynab begins her own campaign against the climate crisis drawing on her first-hand view of its devastating effect on her home country. She quickly finds fellow supporters among her classmates, including particularly Lucas who is equally passionate for different reasons. Challenging their school’s prohibition on campaigning is the first big step and taking part in the national protest is the second. In doing both Zaynab shows her peers that children like them need to be heard. And that they can make a difference. But the stakes are high and, when Zaynab uncovers a big company with a sinister and destructive programme, she has to decide just how hard she will fight. Zaynab’s passionate commitment is infectious – readers will be inspired. 

Julia Eccleshare M.B.E

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Burning Sunlight Synopsis

Zaynab is from Somaliland, a country that doesn't exist because of politics and may soon be no more than a desert.

Lucas is from rural Devon, which might as well be a world away.

When they meet, they discover a common cause: the climate crisis. Together they overcome their differences to build a Fridays For Future group at their school and fight for their right to protest and make a real impact on the local community.

But when Zaynab uncovers a plot which could destroy the environment and people's lives back home in Somaliland, she will stop at nothing to expose it. Lucas must decide if he is with her or against her - even if Zaynab's actions may prove dangerous...

Zaynab and Lucas are from very different worlds, but can they come together and unite in their campaign against climate change? Perfect for fans of No One is Too Small To Make a Difference, Plastic Sucks! and Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls.

Burning Sunlight Press Reviews

For anyone who wants to get involved in climate change activism but has always felt intimidated by the topic, this is the ideal introductory guide. Two teenagers start protesting with Extinction Rebellion's school strikes, and learn more about the politics of the climate emergency as they uncover a corrupt scheme by an oil company. This novel tackles some big, complex topics like greenwashing, feminist intersectionality and the disproportional effects of climate change on third world countries. It's incredibly well researched and ultimately uplifting, despite the difficult topics -- Lauren James - Climate Fiction Writers League

A novel that might actually lead to some change ... scorching in more ways than one - Books for Keeps

A passionate and gripping book, about the importance of standing up for what we believe in, of not making judgements about others, of allowing each other to learn and grow, and the power of friendship -- Saffia Farr - Juno magazine

Book Information

ISBN: 9781839130441
Publication date: 1st April 2021
Author: Anthea Simmons
Publisher: Andersen Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 320 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 3
Topics: Ecological and Environmental, Politics & Law, Thrillers

About Anthea Simmons

Anthea Simmons is a vicar’s daughter and the eldest of six children. She grew up in Cornwall where she was pony and book-mad. After a highly-successful City career, she ‘retired’ to the country to bring up her son, ride, garden, write, paint and teach. More recently she has become involved in a social enterprise dedicated to improving diversity and inclusion in the UK’s board rooms through an apprenticeship scheme. This works brings her into contact with people from all backgrounds and has sharpened her awareness of the need for access to opportunity. She lives ...

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