The Big Dark by Rodman PhilbrickThe Big Dark by Rodman Philbrick

The Big Dark

byRodman Philbrick

Hardcover | January 5, 2016

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After a solar event knocks out our planet's electricity, and a boy must risk his life to save what matters most.

What would you do if every spark of electricity suddenly vanished, as if somebody had flipped a switch on the entire planet? Cars won't start, the heat shuts off, there's no water in your faucet, and your radio, TV, and flashlight go dark. Everyone in Charlie's small town is baffled.

But as time passes, lawlessness erupts and takes an ugly turn. When the market and pharmacy are torched by an anti-Semitic arsonist, Charlie realizes his mother will die without her medicine. So he dons skis and heads off alone, seeking the nearest hospital. After traveling 50 miles through brutal ice and snow, Charlie encounters a burnedout, looted city of terrified citizens. Will he be able to save his mom?

Heroic, eloquent, and unforgettable, The Big Dark raises timely questions about responsibility, tolerance, and love.

Rodman Philbrick's The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg was chosen as a Newbery Honor Book. His most recent novel, Zane and the Hurricane, has received numerous starred reviews and was honored on the 2015-2016 Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List. His first book for young readers, Freak the Mighty, was an immediate bestseller and ...
Title:The Big DarkFormat:HardcoverDimensions:192 pages, 8.56 × 5.82 × 0.74 inPublished:January 5, 2016Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0545789753

ISBN - 13:9780545789752

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Editorial Reviews

Praise for The Big Dark: "Readers . will find a riveting, credible, and even inspiring vision of life just after the apocalypse." -Kirkus "Philbrick is in his element with this kid-oriented view of global catastrophe. With a fast pace, pulse-pounding premise, and approachable first-person narration, this would be a great pick for reluctant readers." -Booklist"Philbrick weaves an absorbing tale about the breakdown of contemporary civilization, the return to chaotic vigilante justice, and the strength of kindness and community." -Publisher's Weekly