LUG: Dawn of the Ice Age

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Book 1 in series  

In Lug’s Stone Age clan, a caveboy becomes a caveman by catching a jungle llama and riding it against the rival Boar Rider clan in the Big Game. The thing is, Lug has a forbidden, secret art cave and would rather paint than smash skulls. Because Lug is different, his clan’s Big Man is out to get him, he’s got a pair of bullies on his case—oh, and the Ice Age is coming.

When Lug is banished from the clan for failing to catch a jungle llama, he’s forced to team up with Stony, a silent Neanderthal with a very expressive unibrow, and Echo (a Boar Rider girl!). In a world experiencing some serious global cooling, these misfits must protect their feuding clans from the impending freeze and a particularly unpleasant pride of migrating saber-toothed tigers. It's no help that the elders are cavemen who can't seem to get the concept of climate change through their thick skulls.

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What People are Saying

A great combination of humor and powerful insight.
Al Gore
What a find! LUG blasts its way from prehistory to the present in a laugh-aloud-funny, big-hearted story full of smart surprises. Kids and adults alike will love this book.
Peter Lerangis

New York Times bestselling author of the Seven Wonders series

This book is filled with humor but also a deeper message . . . . A roaring addition for public and school libraries.
School Library Journal
A Stone Age comedy features a caveboy guilty of ‘uncavemanlike behavior.’ . . . . Fred Flintstone would feel right at home in this light-as-pumice comedy.
Kirkus Reviews
A merry prehistoric romp filled with unexpected laughs and sly humor! Following Lug as he tries to negotiate the mysteries of art, girls, changing climate, and the rowdy game of Headstone is sheer delight.
Bruce Coville

Author of My Teacher Is an Alien and Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher

Funny, fast-paced LUG is a potent parable about how paying attention─to nature and human nature─ unites rival clans to survive climate change. My whole family loved it!
Dr. Erika Zavaleta

Author and Environmental Studies Professor, University of California

A prehistoric tale kids will devour like a T. rex on a brontosaurus bone!
Patrick Carman

New York Times bestselling author of Floors, The Land of Elyon, and Skeleton Creek

LUG is a stone cold fun read. The humor is as sharp as the tigers' saber teeth.
Nathan Bransford

Author of Jacob Wonderbar series and How to Write a Novel

David Zeltser has unthawed a glacier of a story that will melt your heart and leave you laughing out loud.
Crystal Allen

Author of How Lamar's Bad Prank Won a Bubba-Sized Trophy

David Zeltser's debut shows that courage takes many forms, and that the struggle to fit in while being true to yourself hasn’t changed much in the past million years or so.
Barry Wolverton

Author of Neversink

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