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The Keeper of the Isis Light by Monica Hughes
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Jan 17, 2011

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bookshelves: comingofage, fantasy-science-fiction, ya
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Olwen has lived alone on the planet of Isis with her Guardian for as long as she can remember. She is the Keeper of the Isis Light and reports back to Earth the status of the planet for future colonists. Olwen loves her life, she loves belonging to the planet and being with Guardian. Shortly after her 10th (earth's 16yrs) birthday a rocket ship lands. Her guardian insists she wear a protective suit whenever she meets the new arrivals who are making a home on her planet. Then she falls in love with one of the colonists and her world is turned upside down. The colonists are not eager to accept difference despite traveling to a whole new world to begin anew.

This is a short book at only 136 pages. It is an easy read. Olwen is right to be wary and even a bit angry at the intruders to her way of life, but she has to accept change. I guess growing up as she did with her education coming from Guardian, and the planet itself, she is not a typical teenager. Most girls her age would be very concerned with self image and peer acceptance but she is able to overlook these and is wise beyond her years compared to the ship's captain and most of the new humans settling there.

I would say its more Juvenile than YA because of its length and writing. It is still interesting but geared to a younger reader I think.

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