This was my favorite book in the world when I was 12 years old.
Young Karen Orlov is orphaned on an unexplored planet and is rescued by biologist Theo Leslie. Together, they encounter a natural disaster unlike any that humans have faced before. Unlike many book characters, however, they use logic and careful observation (the underpinnings of science) to solve their predicament.
As a young reader, I came away from this book with optimism that adversity could be overcome, appreciation of the scientific method, and confidence in myself as a young woman.
A great read!