Philbrick, Rodman The Big Dark, 192 pages. Blue Sky Press (Scholastic), 2016. $18. Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: PG (tension, threats, one murder).
On New Years Eve, a strange electrical phenomenon sends out an electromagnetic pulse that shuts down everything in the entire world. In a small North American town high on an isolated mountain road, the people try to help each other and keep things together. But a survivalist group in the area has other ideas. Charlie Cobb, his sister, and his mother want nothing to do with the survivalists, but Charlie’s mom is running out of her diabetes medication. In a desperate bid to find help, Charlie takes off on an impossible journey to find anyone who can help his mother and his town.
The moon being pushed out of orbit, gas supplies running out worldwide or other natural disasters, stories of people, especially teens surviving the end of the world as we know it are still big sellers. I love having a variety of these kinds of stories to share with my students.
EL, MS – ADVISABLE. Cindy, Library Teacher