The Knife of Never Letting Go: Chaos Walking, Book One
In a town of men, Todd Hewitt is the only boy. Everyone is waiting for him to turn thirteen; he knows because, like everyone else in Prentisstown, Todd hears Noise-the ubiquitous, audible thoughts of men and animals. Supposedly silence hasn't existed since the alien attack that killed all women and infected all men with the Noise germ. But when Todd and his dog, Manchee, discover a patch of silence in the swamp outside town, all that Todd knows about his world suddenly seems false. Confronted with the townsmen's malicious plans for his future, Todd flees through the swamp, where he finds something else that shouldn't exist: a girl. Winner of the 2008 Guardian Children’s Prize. Winner of the 2008 Booktrust Teenage Prize.
JLG Release: Dec 2008
Awards & Honors
2008 Booktrust Teenage Prize, Winner; 2008 The GuardianChildren's Fiction Prize; 2008 Booklist Editors’ Choice: Books for Youth; 2009 ALA Best Books for Young Adults; Booklist Core Collection: Dystopian Fiction for Youth
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, The Horn Book Guide^, School Library Journal, Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
Junior Library Guild
Todd’s voice is sophisticated and agile while endearingly and convincingly adolescent. The sections in which Todd’s mind is overwhelmed by Noise are striking on the page, appearing as sentences artfully but chaotically handwritten over one another.
The supporting characters are strong as well. Aaron, the sinister preacher who stalks Todd, is a first-rate villain. Manchee, Todd’s loyal dog who can speak as a result of Noise, is a memorable and hilarious best friend. And the enigmatic girl that Todd discovers as he flees through the swamp is a formidable ally with a fascinating history.
An excellent first volume in a promising new trilogy, The Knife of Never Letting Go will leave readers eagerly anticipating the next installment.
5 1/4" x 8 1/2"
Level 4.4; Points: 16;
Scholastic Reading Counts
Level 5.6; Points: 26;
Potentially Sensitive Areas
Language: Mild Language
Dogs, Talking animals, Coming of age ceremonies, Extrasensory perception, Religion, Colonizing other worlds, Aliens, Chores, Orphans, Running away, Local authorities, Knives, Predators, Medicine, Killing, Cowardice, Spaceships, Crashes, Books, Maps, Bridges, Pursuers, War, Refuges, Space travel, Armies, Vengeance, Mimicry, Mantras, Hand-to-hand fights, Remorse, Stabbings, Loyalty, Tracking by scent, Warnings, Illness, Death, Grief, Doctors, Gender roles, Reunions, Collective guilt, Hope, Waterfalls, Sacrifice, Martyrdom, Traps,