What follows is a story of a mother's love and courage. Also a story of an adolescent (and her brothers) having to meet, accept, and overcome disaster. It is well crafted, believable, and explores a quite believable series of disastrous events. I some ways it reminded me of Laura Ingles Wilder's The Long Winter.
At first I was a little uneasy that this was going to be a "Rapture" book. It's not. However it does have a fundamentalist preacher/church as one of the secondary characters. Teachers will need to be prepared to deal with some religious questions. I wonder if it will become a challenged book.
Lexile 770. Recommended 6-12 grades. Multiple awards:
- Black-Eyed Susan Book Awards (Maryland): High School
- Booklist Editors' Choice - Books for Youth - Older Readers Category: 2006
- Garden State Teen Book Awards (New Jersey): Fiction (Grades 6-8)
- Nutmeg Children's Book Award (Connecticut): Teen category
- Texas Tayshas Reading Lists: 2007
- Truman Readers Award (Missouri)
- YALSA Best Books for Young Adults: 2007