The Eleventh Plague

by Jeff Hirsch

SCHOLASTIC INC | September 1, 2011 | Audio Book (CD)

The Eleventh Plague is rated 4 out of 5 by 1.
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: Audio Book (CD)

Dimensions: 5.89 × 5.09 × 1.05 in

Published: September 1, 2011

Publisher: SCHOLASTIC INC

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0545353963

ISBN - 13: 9780545353960

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent audiobook for the whole family Why did it take me a year to finally get to this book? It is an absolutely amazing, incredibly well written, post-apocalyptic tale. I know it's incredibly trendy to compare everything to the Hunger Games and I know how annoying it can be when those comparisons fall flat. But this is truly one book that really felt similar in style and theme to Suzanne Collins' series. The stories are incredibly different, but they explore similar issues and both writers have an incredible knack for character development. I really loved hearing about all the different characters in this book. Each one was incredibly rich and fleshed out. At times it felt like I knew some of them personally. Characters really make or break a book for me, and these characters are everything you could ask for and more. I loved Violet, Jenny, Marcus and Jackson. They were such a regular family, living in such an irregular time. It made me happy to think there could be people like that in the very plausible future Jeff Hirsch sets this book in. I was also incredibly impressed with the amount of emotion (in particular anger) I could feel for a character that is never officially introduced - Stephen's grandfather. Bravo Jeff Hirsch. Bravo. For me, one of the key themes of The Eleventh Plague was responsibility. Stephen's responsibility to his father and their survival, the responsibility of the community to take care of one another, the responsibility to be a better person than the world around you expects you to be. I think this was an incredibly interesting approach to this story, and it really made me take pause and think about what was going on, and how I would react in similar situations. Final recommendations: A brilliantly executed book. One that I recommended strongly to both male and female teens AND fans of The Hunger Games. Notes on the Audio Dan Bittner did a fantastic job with this book. All the voices were clear and easy to understand. Everyone sounded like the right age - which is pretty impressive considering there is a huge range of ages in this book, from young teenagers, right up to senior citizens. He also nailed the energy needed for this story. He was subdued when needed, and exciting and/or anxious when the tone would fluctuate. I would happily listen to his narration again. This and other reviews at Hooked on Books (http://christashookedonbooks.blogspot.com)
Date published: 2012-10-11

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The Eleventh Plague

by Jeff Hirsch

Format: Audio Book (CD)

Dimensions: 5.89 × 5.09 × 1.05 in

Published: September 1, 2011

Publisher: SCHOLASTIC INC

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0545353963

ISBN - 13: 9780545353960

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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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