The Big Dark

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By Rodman Philbrick
Publisher The Blue Sky Press
The Big Dark
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What would you do if every spark of electricity suddenly vanished, as if somebody had flipped a switch on the entire planet? Cars wont start, the heat shuts off, theres no water in your faucet, and your radio, TV, and flashlight go dark. Everyone in Charlies small town is baffled.But as time passes, lawlessness erupts and takes an ugly turn. When the market and pharmacy are torched by an antiSemitic arsonist, Charlie realizes his mother will die without her medicine. So he dons skis and heads off alone, seeking the nearest hospital. After traveling 50 miles through brutal ice and snow, Charlie encounters a burnedout, looted city of terrified citizens. Will he be able to save his mom?Heroic, eloquent, and unforgettable, The Big Dark raises timely questions about responsibility, tolerance, and love.

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36109 words36,109 words
192 pages192 pages
Lexile 780LLexile 780L
Grade 3 to 7Grade 3 to 7
Age 8-12Age 8-12
Published 2016Published 2016

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Book ISBN:

0545789753

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