Monday, March 30, 2020

It’s the End of the World As I Know It by Matthew Landis - ESSENTIAL

It’s the End of the World As I Know It by Matthew Landis, 307 pages. Dial (Penguin), 2020. $19 9780735228016

Content: G



The world is ending in 19 days, but Dee, 8th grader, is the only one who seems to care.  He is determined to finish and furnish his shelter before the day comes.  But the girl next door, who seems familiar, keeps coming around, involving Dee in her hairbrained schemes. And his friends and his family don’t seem to care about the world ending.  And somewhere in his memory is Her – life changed since She left. Dee’s world will definitely change forever in 19 days – but probably not in the ways he thinks.

I love a book that takes me in unexpected places.  You see this cover and think – post-apocalyptic.  But world-shattering events happen every day, just on an individual basis.  Landis writes an ultimately tender book about a boy who needs help, but isn’t getting it – a boy who will finally see that everyone around him loves him very much.

Cindy, Library Teacher, MLS

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