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The Eleventh Plague

by Jeff Hirsch

SCHOLASTIC INC | September 1, 2011 | Hardcover

The Eleventh Plague is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 5.
In an America devastated by war and plague, the only way to survive is to keep moving.

In the aftermath of a war, America''s landscape has been ravaged and two-thirds of the population left dead from a vicious strain of influenza. Fifteen-year-old Stephen Quinn and his family were among the few that survived and became salvagers, roaming the country in search of material to trade for food and other items essential for survival. But when Stephen''s grandfather dies and his father falls into a coma after an accident, Stephen finds his way to Settler''s Landing, a community that seems too good to be true, where there are real houses, barbecues, a school, and even baseball games. Then Stephen meets strong, defiant, mischievous Jenny, who refuses to accept things as they are. And when they play a prank on the town bully''s family that goes horribly wrong, chaos erupts, and they find themselves in the midst of a battle that will change Settler''s Landing forever.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 288 pages, 8.59 × 5.78 × 1.03 in

Published: September 1, 2011

Publisher: SCHOLASTIC INC

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0545290147

ISBN - 13: 9780545290142

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Eleventh Hour: A must have! I really liked this book! It had a lot of action,and a great storyline. This book is similar to the hunger games.Its about a utopian society gone wrong, so it is about a distopia. In this book the main character is named Stephen. He is very shy at first,but makes a fatal mistake by playing a dangerous prank. This book is extremely interesting and it is very relateible since it happens so close to our country and generation.This book will definitely get you questioning many of the things that we deem acceptable in our society.This book really highlights the problems today in our society. Fossil fuels are running out,natural resources are being polluted, and all it took was 1 little misunderstanding to start the whole war. In all this is a very interesting book,and a great read. In my opinion it is a must have!
Date published: 2013-11-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from perfect for reluctant readers The Good Stuff Realistically dark and intense yet has a hopeful message within Has a bit of The Road/The Stand feeling to it Stephen is an intriguing character, you often understand his actions even if you don't agree with them This is a good story for those boys who really just don't enjoy reading - fast paced, intense and violent (nothing too graphic though) Doesn't drag too much which was perfect for my state of mind while reading Unpredictable Nice to see some light moments amidst the darkness Teens that act like teens - not like mini adults - refreshing For reluctant readers the little glimpses of back story are fabulous (I wanted a bit more, but I think these types of books are brilliant for engaging kids who dislike reading) Realistic post-apocalyptic setting - very believable The Not So Good Stuff I really didn't like Jenny -- found her unpleasant and selfish Did I mention how much I disliked Jenny - Stephen could do so much better Favorite Quotes/Passages " When I was in med school," she explained. "one of my teachers told me that my only job was to treat the patient in front of me. He said I couldn't change the world, I could just treat what's in front of me." "Grandpa had told me a hundred times that life wasn't fair and that expecting it to be was for fools.' "Because there was a time when people helped each other," she said. '"And that made the world a little bit better. Not perfect, but better. We'd like to think we can have that time back." Who Should/Shouldn't Read Perfect for the reluctant reader A fab story for classroom discussion 4 Dewey's I received this from Scholastic in exchange for an honest review
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Kept me wanting more Much has changed in America in the past two decades. After a very virulent flu has wiped out two thirds of the population, the survivors are working to establish a new lifestyle. Some have adopted a nomadic approach where they search for salvage, roaming hundreds to thousands of miles each year. Others have settled in small enclaves where they barricade themselves from marauders and neighbouring settlements. Fifteen year old Stephen Quinn has spent his life on the road. With his grandfather recently dead and his father seriously injured, he is forced to accept the help of strangers. They blindfold him and take him to their home. When he looks at this settlement he feels he has entered a hidden paradise. A slice of pre-plague America. For the first time in his life, Stephen sleeps in a bed in a well kept traditional house in a tidy subdivision. This was a very believable scenario. There are enough details of the plague to accept that it could have happened, but not so many that the reader will get caught in the details. It made total sense that the buildings of Settlers Landing could have survived intact, just waiting for it's next residents. In this post-apocalyptic world, Stephen has to determine why total strangers have invited him to live among them. Are they truly kind people or do they have some hidden agenda. The residents of Settlers Landing have a similar problem, can they trust each other, and can they learn to co-operate with the neighbouring settlement for protection against a common enemy. I found this book a very enjoyable read. The main characters came to life for me; I felt as though I would recognize them if I were to visit Settlers Landing. This would be a good selection for your teenage reader.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Post-Apocalyptic YA Novel It was the more realistic nature of The Eleventh Plague that really drew in my interest to read the novel... a fact which also kind of frightened me. While I had been thinking that the novel was a dystopian one, I still think it leans more to being a post-apocalyptic one. Not that it matters though because, in any case, I really enjoyed reading The Eleventh Plague! Fifteen year-old Stephen has lived his entire life with his family as a salvager, wandering about America in search of objects from the past that would have worth now in exchange for the necessary essentials they require to survive. It has its challenges, but it's the only lifestyle he's ever known. When circumstances bring him to Settler's Landing, Stephen finds himself within a small community unlike anything he's ever seen before, where people live in comfortable homes, children attend school, and food isn't a struggle to find. What we take for granted in our own daily lives today is shocking and almost unfathomable to Stephen! Out of the darkness strikes a ray of light for Stephen, as he's given an opportunity to finally have a home... and a chance to dream about his future. Jeff Hirsch did an excellent job describing Settler's Landing and how the community worked together as their own little society... but also showing how precarious their peace was as well. And just like Stephen, I was also rather initially skeptical of the kindness which Marcus and his family showed him when he was still practically a complete stranger. In a selfish and dark world like Stephen's, the positive qualities of human beings aren't exactly at their best... not when it seems like it's every man for himself. It was wonderful seeing Stephen grow as a character as he learned from his new friends how to be a better person. Jeff Hirsch's debut novel, The Eleventh Plague, is a hauntingly accurate portrayal of what life could one day would become. Family, love and friendship are put to the test in the face of adversity in this post-apocalyptic novel that will be sure to leave your heart pounding by the end! You can also read this review at: http://midnightbloomreads.blogspot.com/2011/09/eleventh-plague-by-jeff-hirsch.html
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read! This debut was a read that kept me going. I didn't know where it was going. I enjoyed the characters and the new dystopian ideas that Hirsch brought forth. I have no idea if this is a series ora stand alone, but he left enough for a series and a satisfying ending for a stand alone. I look forward to more from this author.
Date published: 2013-10-29

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The Eleventh Plague

by Jeff Hirsch

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 288 pages, 8.59 × 5.78 × 1.03 in

Published: September 1, 2011

Publisher: SCHOLASTIC INC

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0545290147

ISBN - 13: 9780545290142

About the Book

Twenty years after the wars that followed The Collapse, 15-year-old Stephen, his father, and grandfather travel post-Collapse America scavenging. But when his grandfather dies and his father decides to risk everything to save the lives of two strangers, Stephen's life is turned upside down.

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From The Eleventh Plague Dad turned all around, sheets of water coursing off his head and shoulders. I wanted to scream that it was pointless, that we needed to keep running, but then there was another crack and a flash of lightning, and for a second it seemed like there might be a ridge of some kind out ahead of us. Dad grabbed my elbow and pulled us toward it. "Come on! Maybe there''s shelter!" By then, the ground had turned to a slurry of mud and rocks and wrecked grass. Every few steps my feet would sink deep into it and I''d have to pull myself out one foot at a time, terrified that I''d lose sight of Dad and be lost out in that gray nothing, alone forever. As we ran, the ridge ahead of us became more and more solid, a great looming black wall. I prayed for a cave, but even a good notch in the rock wall would have been enough to get us out of the rain and hide until morning. We were only fifty feet or so from it when Dad came to an abrupt halt. "Why are we stopping?!" Dad didn''t say anything, he simply pointed. Between us and the ridge there was an immense gash in the earth, a gorge some thirty feet across and another thirty deep, with steep, muddy walls on our side and the ridge on the opposite. A boiling mess of muddy water, tree stumps, and trash raged at the bottom. Dad searched left and right for a crossing, but there wasn''t any. His shoulders slumped. Even through the curtain of rain I could see the sunken hollow of his eyes, deep red-lined pits that sat in skin
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In an America devastated by war and plague, the only way to survive is to keep moving.

In the aftermath of a war, America''s landscape has been ravaged and two-thirds of the population left dead from a vicious strain of influenza. Fifteen-year-old Stephen Quinn and his family were among the few that survived and became salvagers, roaming the country in search of material to trade for food and other items essential for survival. But when Stephen''s grandfather dies and his father falls into a coma after an accident, Stephen finds his way to Settler''s Landing, a community that seems too good to be true, where there are real houses, barbecues, a school, and even baseball games. Then Stephen meets strong, defiant, mischievous Jenny, who refuses to accept things as they are. And when they play a prank on the town bully''s family that goes horribly wrong, chaos erupts, and they find themselves in the midst of a battle that will change Settler''s Landing forever.

About the Author

JEFF HIRSCH graduated from the University of California, San Diego, with an MFA in Dramatic Writing. The Eleventh Plague is his debut novel. He lives in Astoria, New York, with his wife.

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"The Eleventh Plague hits disturbingly close to home... An excellent, taut debut novel." — Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games

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