Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch

Published by Scholastic
Published on September 1, 2011

The Eleventh Plague, by Jeff Hirsch, follows Stephen Quinn, who is among the remnants of the human race after an apocalyptic turn of events. Born a survivor, Stephen travels with his father and grandfather around the ruins of America, searching for anything worth money. Due to illness and a resulting accident, he loses his grandfather and his father falls into a coma. All by himself, and controlled by his animal instincts, Stephen comes across Settler's Landing, a civilized, but dystopian, community. They take him in, despite his being rough around the edges. The book chronicles the battle between Stephen's barbaric, animalistic self from his years as a nomad and his refined, more human self.

This 278 page novel is a long, but action-packed read. I would recommend it to readers ages 12 to 15.

~Cassidy, Grade 10

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