It has been fun and rewarding to watch the reviews of my new book, The Big Melt, come in. Here are a few:
Publishers Weekly/BookLife Prize says this
Ned Tillman’s The Big Melt is a fast-paced novel for young readers that advocates taking care of the environment and illustrates the possible negative impacts that might occur if humans should neglect this responsibility. Tillman’s solid prose is appropriate for the target audience
Tillman’s novel is certainly inspiring and unique, melding together a firm call to action for young people to consider the environment and a young protagonist’s decision to protect his town. The fictional events in the novel are bolstered by a list of Earth-friendly actions that readers can utilize in their own lives, as well as a discussion guide to help spark conversation in classrooms and reading groups.
Angie Boyter– Top Amazon Reviewer
The Big Melt is near-future speculative fiction with some charming touches of whimsy, like Joe, Marley’s inner voice, who motivates and encourages him when he needs it most. I will not spoil Tillman’s fun by telling you who Joe is, but I can predict with confidence the identity will give you a laugh.
Despite its very serious subject, there are a number of nice touches of humor throughout the book, like the description of the mess in Ranger Max’s office: “His office paperwork would pile up on his desk until it slid to the floor. It then flowed out the door, where it was read and recycled by a family of fungi living in the soil just beneath the wooden steps.”
Shelley Von Hagen-Jamar– A fable for our times
The Big Melt is a fable about the devastating effects of climate change on a small town. It incorporates information about the threats to our environment in a way that young adult readers can understand, and it is written with enough whimsy and imagination to surprise and entertain all readers. It is a wake-up call for the next generation!
I can’t say I enjoyed reading this book because it’s scary, we have all seen changes to the climate and wonder what will happen when we reach the tipping point! The author presents a scenario in a very interesting way, following this young couple as they become active in their community only to ……
I could not put this book down and read it in two sittings. It seems like it’s aimed at young people but it has a strong message for all of us.
Janene Holzberg wrote a great article about the book in the Baltimore Sunpapers