The Last: Endling #1

By: Katherine Applegate


"I am not afraid to be the first to die. I just do not want to be the last to live. I do not want to be the endling." Black-and-white illustrations.

ISBN: 9780062335524

JLG Release: Sep 2018


Series: Endling
Sensitive Areas: Cruelty to animals
Topics: Adventure stories , Fantasy and magic , Action and adventure , Adventure and adventurers , Friendship , Voyages and travels , Mythical animals , Secrets

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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[STARRED REVIEW]
Byx has always thought of herself as last: last-born sibling, the youngest in her whole family, and least adept at all the skills valued by the caninelike “dairnes.” But when her family, the last-known group of dairnes in Nedarra, is hunted down and murdered by humans under the rule of the villanous Murdano,
[STARRED REVIEW]
Byx has always thought of herself as last: last-born sibling, the youngest in her whole family, and least adept at all the skills valued by the caninelike “dairnes.” But when her family, the last-known group of dairnes in Nedarra, is hunted down and murdered by humans under the rule of the villanous Murdano, she truly becomes the last—an Endling, the sole survivor of a species. Byx sets out on a desperate but hopeful journey in search of Dairneholm, a mythical settlement of dairnes. Along the way she is joined by an increasingly unlikely group of adventurers including Khala the human, a girl disguised as a boy with a mysterious past, and Tobble, the small and fiercely loyal wobbyk. Their mission becomes more dangerous as they discover the true machinations behind the dairnes’s eradication. Fantasy lovers are in for a treat with this smartly paced, enthralling adventure that pairs novel and exciting world-building with classic high fantasy tropes and political intrigue. Applegate’s characters feel fresh and modern, and their questioning of the status quo will resonate with today’s middle graders. Illustrations and maps will help young readers imagine the rich setting filled with fantastical creatures that vie for power in Nedarra. The heart and courage Byx and her companions must find within as they stand up against unimaginable odds will inspire and delight. VERDICT A sweeping fantasy epic for the middle grade set that will have readers clamoring for a follow-up. A first purchase.—Darla Salva Cruz, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY

Book Details

ISBN

9780062335524

First Release

September 2018

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

400

Accelerated Reader

Level 5; Points: 11;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 4.3; Points: 16;

Lexile

Level 690L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Harper

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Cruelty to animals

Topics

Adventure stories, Fantasy and magic, Action and adventure, Adventure and adventurers, Friendship, Voyages and travels, Mythical animals, Secrets,

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