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“What is this place?”In a drought-stricken world, Devin and his grandfather have barely scraped out a living on their isolated farm. When his grandfather dies, Devin knows he can’t manage alone and heads for the nearest city to find help. But in the city he finds only children alone like him, living on the streets. Then a small act of kindness earns Devin an invitation to the Gabriel H. Penn Home for Childhood—a place with unlimited food and toys and the hope of finding a new home.But Devin soon finds out that the Gabriel Penn Home is no paradise. A zombie-like sickness afflicts many of the children who live there—and it will claim Devin, too, unless he can become the first to find a way out of this dystopian nightmare.“[A] chilling and engrossing tale . . . A standout.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review“Fast-paced and gripping. An original dystopian story.” —School Library Journal,starred review“A timeless story that deserves to become a children’s classic for decades to come.” —The Christian Science MonitorA Summer 2014 Kids’ Indie Next List PickOne of the Christian Science Monitor’s 25 Best New Middle Grade Novels of 2014
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?The suspense and dread build as the mystery gradually unfolds . . . Fast-paced and gripping.? ?School Library Journal, starred review
Devin doesn?t remember life before the world got hot; he has farmed the scorched earth with his grandfather in their remote valley. When his grandfather dies, Devin heads for the city for help on the farm, only to join the scores of children living on the streets. An act of kindness earns him an invitation to a haven for abandoned children, but behind the home?s unlimited food and toys lies a sinister agenda. Even if the home is as secure as a fortress, Devin and his new friends decide they must escape before succumbing to its horrors.
?[A] chilling and engrossing tale filled with detailed, sharply drawn characters . . . A standout.? ?Kirkus Reviews, starred review
?A page-turning mix of suspense, intrigue, and anxiety. A wholly enjoyable journey, and a dystopian vision with some great new twists.? ?Publishers Weekly
?This frightening and mysterious book surprised me again and again . . . When you read it, you will quickly discover one terrifying fact?there is no safe place!? ?R. L. Stine
A Summer 2014 Kids? Indie Next List Pick
One of the Christian Science Monitor?s 25 Best New Middle Grade Novels of 2014