“A gentle story of hope and family connection... a positive, optimistic depiction of the future, albeit one that relies on metaphysical as much as societal change.”
ABOUT THE BOOK
(FriesenPress: November 15, 2021)
Racism, climate change, and violence are in the past. The new world values respect and collaboration with others. But are there secrets lurking in the shadows of the Land of Hope? What truth about the past is being covered up?
When fifteen-year-old Fania returns from Immersion, she is shattered to learn that the next phase of her education is at home with Alicia, her granny. She had hoped for something far grander that would prepare her for an important role with the Earth Project. Their two strong personalities clash as Fania begins to learn more about the past and her family’s role in it.
As Fania grows in confidence and power, she starts to wonder exactly what secrets Alicia is keeping in her underground lab. After Fania discovers the truth, she finds her calling: one that has the power to change everything.
More Early Praise
“Mawhiney has a terrific imagination and her prose is flawless.”
-Jacqui Morrison, Award winning author
“Spindrifts tackles the hard questions of our time while gracing the reader with real characters, complex family relationships, and a vivid and highly possible futuristic setting. Our own time of pandemics and climate change are projected into a future that is consistent and believable. The new world that has "risen from the ashes", however, has darkness in its past and even its present, and it falls to the youthful protagonists to find the way forward. This book will appeal to young adult readers, as they contemplate the role of youth in our planet's future, and it will appeal to all who look for a better future for all. I was very pleased to see the probing study questions; I see this novel as an excellent starting point for environmental science classes, social studies classes (What makes a society? How do societies adapt?), and literature courses. I envision three-dimensional constructions and art work, dramatization, and much valuable discussion.
This is a well-crafted story, one that holds the reader and moves the reader. It is a book for our times, and also for all times."
-Anne M. Smith author of A Canoer of Shorelines
“. . . this book is a perfect blend of realism and fantasy, conflict and almost (but not quite) utopic peace. All in all, this book is a desperately needed breath of fresh air.”
-Sam, Age 16
“At a time in the world when so much hope has been lost, this book offers an optimistic reassessment as to what would be involved in creating a new, more equitable society.”