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The Knife of Never Letting Go: Chaos Walking, Book One

By: Patrick Ness

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.

ISBN: 9780763639310

JLG Release: Dec 2008


Sensitive Areas: Language: Mild Language
Topics: 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

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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)

Horn Book

Todd lives in a brutal all-male society where thoughts are audible. He escapes, embarking on a classic coming-of-age survival journey accompanied by his loyal dog and a mysterious girl. Todd's world is fascinating, and the psychological and sociological impact of being unable to shut out others' thoughts--or hide your own--is creatively explored. T Todd lives in a brutal all-male society where thoughts are audible. He escapes, embarking on a classic coming-of-age survival journey accompanied by his loyal dog and a mysterious girl. Todd's world is fascinating, and the psychological and sociological impact of being unable to shut out others' thoughts--or hide your own--is creatively explored. The relationships, too, have considerable emotional depth.

Junior Library Guild

The Knife of Never Letting Go is one of the most thrilling young adult novels of the year. The premise of the story is original and raises a variety of captivating questions. Patrick Ness is masterful at the careful reveal, satisfactorily answering some questions while deepening the greater mysteries of the story. As Todd explores parts of The Knife of Never Letting Go is one of the most thrilling young adult novels of the year. The premise of the story is original and raises a variety of captivating questions. Patrick Ness is masterful at the careful reveal, satisfactorily answering some questions while deepening the greater mysteries of the story. As Todd explores parts of New World he never knew existed, his awe is palpable.

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.

Book Details

ISBN

9780763639310

First Release

December 2008

Genre

Science fiction.

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

5 1/4" x 8 1/2"

Page Count

496

Accelerated Reader

Level 4.4; Points: 16;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 5.6; Points: 26;

Lexile

Level 860L

Format

Print Book

Edition

-

Publisher

Candlewick

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Language: Mild Language

Topics

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,

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