The Big Melt

Available Autumn 2018

THE BIG MELT – by Ned Tillman
Coming of Age in a Time of Changing Climates

Sleepy Valley is a town probably similar in many ways to the one where you live. Things are fine on the surface but no one is thinking about the future. Are you ready for what is about to happen to you and to towns all across the country and around the world?

Marley and Brianne, the main characters in our story, were not. Nor were their parents, their neighbors, or anyone in town.  When they woke up on the day after their high school graduation they found their lives turned upside down as a series of climate catastrophes descended on their town. They struggle to find their voices and their purpose for living while attempting to save their family and friends, their town, and civilization as we know it.

The Big Melt engages, informs, and challenges readers of all ages to consider a variety of perspectives on what is rapidly becoming the challenge of the century: Now that our climate is changing, what do we do? This work of contemporary fiction, with a touch of fantasy and hope, will inspire you to care a little more about what might occur in your town in the not-too-distant future.


PRAISE FOR THE BIG MELT from students, teachers, and other readers

  • “Marley’s ‘just like us,’ so readers connect with him.” S. Fuller
  • “Lots of humor was used all throughout the book which made it fun to read, the book wasn’t boring, I really enjoyed it.” B. Vanthoff
  • “Describing the scenery with so much vivid detail helped me to imagine what the crazy weather events looked like.” S. Umrani
  • “It was very interesting and I had a fun time reading it. I liked the plot and ending, and I think a book like this can help inspire people.” Kohn
  • “Showing the inner conflicts of the characters allowed me to understand their decisions and gave me a view into their thoughts and feelings.” J. Payne
  • “The entire story really kept me engaged. It was like a mystery book how the main character is really excited for summer and then his summer experience takes a different turn.” C. Thomas
  • “I liked that the story had a mix of hope as well as tragedy blended throughout.” M. Winters
  • “I was inspired by the book. I talked about the book to my friends and family.” P. Patel
  • “I found myself thinking about the story for days after reading the book.” J. Duff
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