79 pages 2 hours read

Alan Gratz

Two Degrees

Fiction | Novel | Middle Grade | Published in 2022

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Part 7, Chapters 104-108Chapter Summaries & Analyses

Part 7: “Epilogue: Washington, DC”

Part 7, Chapter 104 Summary: “Rally Time”

Akira is about to go on stage in front of thousands of people at the Kids Against Climate Change Rally, which Natalie organized. She is terrified but has her mom there for support. Patience is there too, her sister’s old babysitter. After Natalie makes her opening speech, it is time for Akira to go on stage. She thinks about the burned sequoias, and realizes she has to overcome her fear for them.

Part 7, Chapter 105 Summary: “No Planet B”

Akira talks about the Morris Fire and climate change, imagining that she is speaking directly to her dad. She leaves the stage to thunderous applause. Other kids from around the world begin to tell their stories. At one point, a polar bear appears on the overhead screen.

Part 7, Chapter 106 Summary: “Tourists”

George and Owen take the stage and describe the polar bear attack. As usual, they joke with each other as they speak. They discuss how warmer weather in Manitoba means more polar bears in town, and how before the attack, they saw that as an economic opportunity rather than a sign of environmental damage. As they leave the stage, Owen shows George a picture of a snowmobile that he has bought and tells him it is a gift to replace the one they lost.