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The Survivors
ISBN: 9780060094782
Author: Weaver, Will
Publisher: Harperteen
Published: February 2013
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Binding Type: Paperback
Annotation: Sixteen-year-old Miles, 13-year-old Sarah and their parents find themselves changing in many ways as they struggle to survive the winter in a remote cabin while preventing anyone in the nearby town from learning they are living there illegally after the devastation of volcanic eruptions drove them from their Minneapolis home. 25,000 first printing.
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BISAC Categories:
- Young Adult Fiction | Dystopian
- Young Adult Fiction | Social Themes - General (see Also Headings Under Family)
- Young Adult Fiction | Action & Adventure - Survival Stories
Dewey: FIC
Lexile Measure: 650
Target Grade: 7-9
Grade level: 7-9
Physical Information: 0.75" H x 75.00" L x 5.25" W
Bargain Category: Science Fiction, Middle School, High School, Fantasy, Action & Adventure
Grade level(s): 7th, 8th, 9th
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Contributor Bio(s): Weaver, Will: -

Will Weaver is an award-winning fiction writer. His latest novel is The Survivors, a sequel to his popular young adult novel Memory Boy. His other books include Full Service, Defect, Saturday Night Dirt, Super Stock Rookie, Checkered Flag Cheater, Claws, and the Billy Baggs books Striking Out, Farm Team, and Hard Ball, all of which are ALA Best Books for Young Adults. Formerly an English professor at Bemidji State University, he lives in northern Minnesota, a region he writes from and loves. He is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys hunting, fishing, canoeing, and hiking with his family and friends.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Fall)
In this sequel to Memory Boy, sixteen-year-old Miles, thirteen-year-old Sarah, and their parents have finally found a place to live after volcanic eruptions decimated the climate, but the Minneapolis-bred family struggles to make it in the remote forest. Tensions are built and then disappointingly fall to the wayside, but fans of wilderness-set survivor stories will be entertained.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2012 February)

Gr 7–10—In this sequel foreshadowed a decade ago in the popular Memory Boy (HarperCollins, 2001), the author deftly interweaves the Newell family dynamics with changes wrought by the post-volcanic apocalypse. Travel restrictions, rationing, black markets, and a vague but pervasive feeling of unease dominate the emerging culture. Guns pretty much equal power. Conflicts between the capable but sometimes bossy Miles and his resentful younger sister, Sarah, as well as with their fairly oblivious parents, are resolved as circumstances require the siblings to learn new skills to wrest a living from the environs of their cabin hideaway in the Minnesota North Woods. Sarah proves to be a quick study, and it is she who develops a tender first-love interest, and later, with her formerly laid-back father, propels the family forward into a world that, while still uncertain, finds them more empowered. Told from a third-person point of view in alternating chapters titled "Miles" and "Sarah," a technique that effectively highlights their differing perspectives, this quick-reading and satisfying tale is not as persistently dark as Susan Beth Pfeffer's Life As We Knew It (Harcourt, 2006), but is thoroughly plausible. It should appeal to readers of futuristic fiction as well as those with an interest in hunting, fishing, and the outdoors. The chapters related to deer hunting are detailed with particular veracity.—Joel Shoemaker, formerly at South East Junior High School, Iowa City, IA

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