Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 14 to 18
- Grade: 9 to 12
The Meadowlands is a young adult dystopian fantasy following the adventures of four children who come from a near future dominated by institutions, technology, and state control. Children are raised in state homes and have no concept of family, with the exception of Terran and his younger sister Brooke.
While stealing supplies at the market to supplement their needs, Terran and Brooke, along with two other children, Tyson and Simon, are chased by the authorities. Searching a dark alleyway for cover, Terran is drawn to a vibrant glow, a mystical green meadow, hidden behind a crumbling city wall. It's an archway with a small opening that has fallen away, a perfect place to hide, like a window into a different world -- the world of the Beigfur, as it turns out. The Beigfur are small sentient beings who once shared the earth with humans, but now exist in a parallel universe. Theirs was a highly technical society at one time but they lost the ability to control their science and now live in harmony with nature, developing their intuitive and telepathic capabilities. The Beigfur are a shy being, wary of humans and their destructive ways. Centuries before, the Beigfur used the last of their technology to place a glamour between the worlds to protect themselves. Climbing through the archway, the children inadvertently penetrate the blocked passage and tumble into The Meadowlands where an unexpected, life-changing adventure begins.
The Meadowlands speaks to the confusion of today's world and the complex question of technology and how much of it is needed in our lives. The novel explores GMOs and impacts on nature and the environment, the importance of family, and the challenges of coming of age in a world of technology and isolation.
About the author
Kate Kelly has had a love affair with books her entire life. Writing came in fits and starts, and she didn’t take it seriously until her forties. Now she can’t get along without it. She finaled in the RWA Golden Heart contest, 2001, and won the Daphne du Maurier (unpubbed) 2006. She has the good fortune to live on the east coast of Canada with her husband. She writes, grows herbs and perennials and sails when the wind blows her way.