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Reeve, Philip.
New York : EOS, 2003.
IL 5-8
ISBN 0060082070

(2 booktalks)

Booktalk #1

The sound is deafening and the smoke from the engines surrounds London.  The chase is on.  It has been a long time since it had eaten.  And now they are closing in on a small town by the name of Salthook.  It's putting up a good chase.  Going 80 miles an hour in an effort to get away.  But it's no match for London.  Soon there's a catch and Salthook is gobbled up by London.  The crowd goes wild.  What a catch!  Tom watches and feels a bit sorry for those who don't get to experience the thrill.  There are some towns that don't believe in the principles of Municipal Darwinsim.  The Anti-Tractionists believe that towns should be stationary.  But everyone knows it's a town eat town world and it just isn't right to have a stationary town.  Can you imagine what it must be like?

Booktalk #2

Imagine a time, in the hopefully distant future, when cities prowl the earth preying on each other. Whole cities, like islands, mounted on tracs so they can hunt, or flee as the need arises on the great hunting ground that earth has become.
Thaddeus Valentine, the famous historian and archeologist of the great traction city of London, and his daughter Katherine are down in the gut when a young assassin with a black scarf strikes. Only the quick intervention of Tom, a lowly 3rd class apprentice saves Valentine from sure death.  Racing after the fleeing girl, tom glimpses her hideously scarred face. "Look at what your Valentine did to me!" she screams. "Ask him! Ask him what he did to Hester Shaw!" Moments later she disappears down a waste chute and Tom, unable to stop, tumbles after her. He lands on a sea of mud scored by huge caterpillar tracks and watches as the great city that was his home churns off into the distance. How to survive? What is there in Out-Country? It looks to be a desolate wasteland.  And why did the girl with the scarred face want to kill their hero? 
Book 1 of The Hungry City Chronicles.  (New Hampshire Isinglass Teen Read Award committee)

SUBJECTS:     Science fiction.


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