Snowflake, AZ

Sedgwick, M.
When Ash travels to Snowflake, Arizona, they learn about how modern life is poisoning humanity. And when Ash falls ill, the sickness is minimized by doctors, highlighting issues with the medical and pharmaceutical companies. Ash also learns about humanity’s abuse of the planet through history through the philosophy lessons from the inhabitants of Snowflake. Ash’s existential journey may help readers reflect on their own identities as well as the practices that impact the sustainability of our ecosystems, inspiring them to use their voices to make positive changes in the world. In a secondary classroom, the novel lends itself well as a literature circle choice for independent reading. Its themes may inspire classroom discussions about climate and health crises provoked by modern life and segue into research projects or organized class debates.
English Language Arts
  • 9-12