In a cruel, post-apocalyptic world, a boy is sent out on a journey to save himself and discovers that the real danger has nothing to do with the feared Wilderness or the enemies of his people.
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Walter Dean Myers is the 2012 - 2013 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. He is the critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling author an award-winning body of work which includes, SOMEWHERE IN THE DARKNESS, SLAM!, and MONSTER. Mr. Myers has received two Newbery Honor medals, five Coretta Scott King Author Awards, and three National Book Award Finalists citations. In addition, he is the winner of the first Michael L. Printz Award. He lives in Jersey City, New Jersey.
Grade 5-9?The Okalians have survived a meteor collision and a long exile from their homeland, and now face certain annihilation at the hands of the Fens, a group of marauding children. Jon, a 15-year-old Okalian, is sent by his parents into the Wilderness to return to the Ancient Land and restore their race to its former greatness. On his journey he teams up with a young girl, her brother, and a black unicorn. Using spare prose and lean characters, Myers masterfully creates a world in which adults are nearly nonexistent and children struggle to establish a life for themselves. They face endless dangers in their environment, including the temptation to escape reality. Forced to redefine a world gone wrong, they return to ancient traditions and values, and ultimately learn to see beyond human differences. YAs will enjoy the fantasy and adventure, while mature readers will recognize the story's vivid parallels with modern society. While this tale is narrated in gray and somber tones, in the end the meteor dust is settling, and the red moon offers a beam of hope.?Tim Rausch, Crescent View Middle School, Sandy, UT
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