Sunday, October 4, 2009
Radiant Girl by Andrea White
Katya lives in her small home in the USSR and her father works at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. While in the woods one afternoon she sees a boy she believes to be her house elf who warns her that a huge fire is coming that will change her life. That night she sees smoke above the power plant and in the morning her father comes home sick. Within a day Katya, her family and her entire village have to leave their homes behind in order to escape from the radiation that is poisoning the area after the Chernobyl meltdown. Katya's entire life changes overnight as she makes a new life in the big city and learns that her old home has been completely buried in order to contain the radiation. At first she believes what the government is telling the public about the nuclear accident but gradually she begins to suspect that the effects of the accident are much greater than she has heard. And she also begins to worry that her father might be experiencing many of these problems since he is still working at the plant despite the dangers.