It is now the year 2007.
It's been five years since the disaster. People got very sick and
died. All the grown ups died. Seven children have survived
in the small town in Florida. They don't remember much from the Before
Time. They don't even remember their names. They now are known
by their role in the group. The three teenagers take charge of the
group. Teacher is in charge of The Book. All knowledge is kept
in The Book. She adds to The Book as she learns new things.
Mommy takes care of the little ones. She feeds them as best she can
and tries to keep them clean. Hunter is the oldest boy and his job
is to search the town for food and other provisions needed by The Family.
The rest of the children are too young to remember what life was like in
the Before Time. Things are getting worse for the children.
The town is running out of food for them. Living on applesauce and
canned beets is becoming unbearable. Hunter decides he must go to
other towns in search of food. But, before he can leave, an unexpected
visitor changes their whole outlook on life. When a teenager named
Angerman joins the group, he decides they should go to Washington to find
the President. He will know what is going on. He will help
them. He will tell them if they have to worry about the illness coming
again. If they have to worry about the Fire-Us that wiped out all
the First Mommies and First Daddies.
It is the year 2007. The world
has been wiped out by a deadly plague that killed all the adults. Without
them, children perished of hunger and disease. No more people, no more
electricity, no more civilization -- just mildewed houses, overgrown yards,
and abandoned cars. Yet on a highway strip outside a small town in Florida,
the words "WE'RE STILL HERE" are painted in letters big enough to be seen
from an airplane -- although no airplanes ever cross the empty sky.
Miraculously, seven children
have survived among the ruins. They cannot remember their names, their
families, or much else from the Before Time. But they have forged a new
family, with new names: Mommy, Hunter, Teacher, Action Figure, Teddy Bear,
Baby, and Doll.
They must face each day with
enough hope to endure and the strength to realize that there may be nothing
out there worth living for. Then one day, a new kid shows up on their doorstep
and changes everything. He invites them to join him on a dangerous journey
to Washington, to find a man called President -- if he's still alive --
and seek the answers to the mystery at the heart of Fire-us.
Prepared by: Heidi Lewis for
Carolina Junior Book Award 2005
The year is 2007. There have
been no adults for 5 years, and none of the 7 children left in Lazarus,
Florida, remember their names or anything except vague memories in the
Before-Time. They have renamed themselves for what they do for “the family”:
Teacher, Mommy, Hunter, Action Figure, Teddy Bear, Baby and Doll. One day,
three new children show up. Anchorman, Kitty and Puppy join the family
and the 10 children decide to face their fears and go to Washington to
see if there is any one else left. (Melissa Bowman, Melissa.Bowman@pisd.edu,
Armstrong Middle School)