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Walters, Eric.
New York : Farrar, Straus Giroux, 2014
ISBN 0374355029

(2 booktalks)
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Booktalk #1

It is just another day at school.  Todd is trying to get a paper done before last period and Adam is trying to help.  When the lights go out, it sends that giddy feeling to the kids in the library.  But it is more than that.  The cell phones don't work either.  Then they find that the buses and cars don't work.  Any item that needs a computer to run is just dead.  No explanations and no way to find out what is going on.  Fortunately Adam's car is an old one that doesn't need computers to run.  He is  able to get home but many others are not so fortunate.  Everyone assumes things will be back to normal soon.   As the days go by and that doesn't happen, things begin to get a bit desperate. There are three rules for survival.  You can go 3 minutes without air, 3 days without water, and 3 weeks without food.  Beyond that, you're dead.  Now it is down to survival.  What will happen to Adam's neighborhood?  What happens when civilization breaks down?

Booktalk #2

You can go three minutes without air, three days without water, and three weeks without food but after that…you die.

When the power goes out suddenly one afternoon and even charged laptops and cell phones fail to work, 16-year-old Adam Daley knows something strange is happening. He’s now grateful for his old beater car that still works since it does not have any computer components. Adam’s mom, the local police captain, and their neighbor, Herb Campbell, a retired foreign embassy worker, quickly lead their neighborhood to band together immediately to form checkpoints to stop looting and other crimes from permeating their homes. Yet in these dangerous times, Herb warns that it’s only a matter of time before even civilized people turn to violence when survival is at stake. As food and other resources dwindle, and chaos approaches their community, just how far will Adam and his family have to go to survive? (
Sherri Ashlock, Teacher-Librarian. Nelsen Middle School, Evergreen Teen Award, 2017)

SUBJECTS:     Electric power failures -- Fiction.
                        Neighborhoods -- Fiction.
                        Survival -- Fiction.

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