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The World Ends in April



by
Stacy McAnulty

Edition
Library edition with trade jacket added
Publisher
Penguin Random House
Imprint
Random House
ISBN
9781524767624
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Language: Mild Language
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Every day in middle school can feel like the end of the world.

Eleanor Dross knows a thing or two about the end of the world, thanks to a survivalist grandfather who stockpiles freeze-dried food and supplies—just in case. So when she reads about a Harvard scientist’s prediction that an asteroid will strike Earth in April, Eleanor knows her family will be prepared. Her classmates? They’re on their own!

Eleanor has just one friend she wants to keep safe: Mack. They’ve been best friends since kindergarten, even though he’s more of a smiley emoji and she’s more of an eye-roll emoji. They’ll survive the end of the world together…if Mack doesn’t go away to a special school for the blind. But it’s hard to keep quiet about a life-destroying asteroid—especially at a crowded lunch table—and soon Eleanor is the president of the (secret) End of the World Club. It turns out that prepping for TEOTWAWKI (the End of the World as We Know It) is actually kind of fun. But you can’t really prepare for everything life drops on you. And one way or another, Eleanor’s world is about to change.

Author’s note. Historical information. Definitions. Asteroid facts from NASA. Information on disaster readiness kits and supplies. Note about identifying legitimate online sources. List of acronyms. Sources.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Language: Mild Language

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

368

Trim Size

8" x 6"

Dewey

F

AR

3.7: points 9

Lexile

510L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

16

JLG Release

Nov 2019

Book Genres

Realistic Fiction

Topics

Friendship. Family life. North Carolina. End of the world. Clubs. Emergency management. Blind people. People with disabilities.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly

School Library Journal

Eleanor’s grandfather is a “prepper,” a person who takes preparing for disasters to a new level. She doesn’t enjoy participating in her grandfather’s emergency drills as much as she once did—that is, until she comes across a website run by a former Harvard professor that forecasts a devastating asteroid collision that will cause The End of the World As We Know It (TEOTWAWKI) in just a few months. Her grandfather’s influence makes it easy for Elle to become obsessed with preparing for the impact despite her father’s objections. Her mother died several years ago, so she can’t talk to her about it. It’s hard to tell if her best friend Mack believes her, but he goes along with her plans. Elle starts a club at school and writes a newsletter to teach fellow students survival skills. They drink toilet water through a filtration straw, pack Bug-Out Bags, and learn about edible plants, but when even Mack and new friend Londyn don’t take her warnings seriously enough, Elle ratchets up her efforts and lands in big trouble. The author does a good job of matching the pace of the writing to Elle’s state of mind; the more frantic and anxious Elle gets, the more quickly the action moves. It eventually becomes clear that each member of Elle’s covertly named “Nature Club” has a reason for wanting the world to end. Readers will be eager to see if TEOTWAWKI comes true (spoiler: it doesn’t) and how Eleanor handles returning to school after her alarming predictions fail to come true. A fast-paced story that deals with grief, loss, and mental health through the lens of middle school catastrophe. Recommended.

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Eleanor’s grandfather is a “prepper,” a person who takes preparing for disasters to a new level. She doesn’t enjoy participating in her grandfather’s emergency drills as much as she once did—that is, until she comes across a website run by a former Harvard professor that forecasts a devastating asteroid collision that will cause The End of the World As We Know It (TEOTWAWKI) in just a few months. Her grandfather’s influence makes it easy for Elle to become obsessed with preparing for the impact despite her father’s objections. Her mother died several years ago, so she can’t talk to her about it. It’s hard to tell if her best friend Mack believes her, but he goes along with her plans. Elle starts a club at school and writes a newsletter to teach fellow students survival skills. They drink toilet water through a filtration straw, pack Bug-Out Bags, and learn about edible plants, but when even Mack and new friend Londyn don’t take her warnings seriously enough, Elle ratchets up her efforts and lands in big trouble. The author does a good job of matching the pace of the writing to Elle’s state of mind; the more frantic and anxious Elle gets, the more quickly the action moves. It eventually becomes clear that each member of Elle’s covertly named “Nature Club” has a reason for wanting the world to end. Readers will be eager to see if TEOTWAWKI comes true (spoiler: it doesn’t) and how Eleanor handles returning to school after her alarming predictions fail to come true. A fast-paced story that deals with grief, loss, and mental health through the lens of middle school catastrophe. Recommended.

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