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Midnight at the Electric

By: Jodi Lynn Anderson

While their stories span thousands of miles and multiple generations, Lenore, Catherine, and Adri's fates are entwined in ways both heartbreaking and hopeful.

ISBN: 9780062393548

JLG Release: Oct 2017


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Sensitive Areas: Language: Mild Language, Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use
Topics: Kansas , Oklahoma , Dust Bowl , England , Epistolary fiction , Mars , Multi-generational stories

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Awards & Honors

2019 Isinglass Teen Read Award Nominee
2019 Oklahoma Sequoyah Book Award Nominee
YALSA 2018 Best Fiction for Young Adults
CCBC Choices 2018 Choice: Fiction for Young Adults
Summer 2017 Kids’ Indies Next List, For Teens
New York Public Library Best Books for Teens 2017

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books*, Booklist, The Horn Book Magazine, Kirkus Reviews*, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal*, Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

School Library Journal

[STARRED REVIEW]
Adri’s, Catherine’s, and Lenore’s lives are intertwined but not in the way that one would think. Adri lives in 2065 Kansas, Catherine lives in 1930s Kansas, and Lenore lives in England in 1919. As Adri is preparing to go to Mars, she stays with her cousin in Kansas, where the training takes place. Upon
[STARRED REVIEW]
Adri’s, Catherine’s, and Lenore’s lives are intertwined but not in the way that one would think. Adri lives in 2065 Kansas, Catherine lives in 1930s Kansas, and Lenore lives in England in 1919. As Adri is preparing to go to Mars, she stays with her cousin in Kansas, where the training takes place. Upon settling in, she comes across letters written from Lenore to Beth. Through journals and, later, letters, Catherine narrates her own story of being in Kansas during the Dust Bowl. Told through straight prose, letters, and journal entries, the novel is engrossing and will engage even reluctant readers. This beautiful work expertly blends historical and futuristic fiction genres. The author threads mystery into each teen’s story, keeping an even pace as she reveals secrets, betrayals, and heartbreak. Anderson deftly tackles love, friendship, and grief in this touching exploration of resilience and hope. VERDICT A must-have for all YA collections.—Erin Holt, Williamson City Public Library, Franklin, TN

Horn Book

Despite her prickly nature, sixteen-year-old Adri Ortiz has been chosen as one of the youngest Mars colonists. Leaving her waterlogged Miami home behind (it’s the year 2065, and rising sea levels have swallowed up coastal areas), she relocates to Kansas for training, moving into an old farmhouse with 107-year-old Lily, her only living relativ Despite her prickly nature, sixteen-year-old Adri Ortiz has been chosen as one of the youngest Mars colonists. Leaving her waterlogged Miami home behind (it’s the year 2065, and rising sea levels have swallowed up coastal areas), she relocates to Kansas for training, moving into an old farmhouse with 107-year-old Lily, her only living relative. Although Adri is just as slow to warm up to Lily’s offer of friendship as she is to her fellow prospective colonists, she finds her focus when she discovers both a journal (from 1934, kept by a woman named Cathy, who fought to survive and take care of her sister on the same farm during the Dust Bowl) and a collection of letters sent to Cathy’s mother, Beth (by Beth’s one-time best friend Lenore, writing in England at the end of World War I). The narrative moves among the three timelines as Adri becomes engrossed in learning what happened to Cathy, how Lenore fits in, and how these more-than-century-old strangers are connected to her own family—even as she prepares herself to leave the planet forever. Anderson vividly captures each of the eras, especially the unrelenting 1930s dust storms. Each of the three protagonists has a distinctive voice, from Cathy’s matter-of-factness (“Anyone who can get you to eat pickled tumbleweed can get you to do anything”) to Adri’s self-protective standoffishness to Lenore’s painful struggle to cope with her grief over her soldier brother’s death and the loss of an important friendship. The three narratives conclude in a satisfying resolution that unites the many threads. sarah rettger

Book Details

ISBN

9780062393548

First Release

October 2017

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

272

Accelerated Reader

Level 5.5; Points: 9;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 6.3; Points: 15;

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

HarperTeen

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Language: Mild Language, Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use

Topics

Kansas, Oklahoma, Dust Bowl, England, Epistolary fiction, Mars, Multi-generational stories,

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