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Fifteen-year-old Billy Ballard is the kid that everyone picks on. But things change drastically when Death tells Billy he must stand in as Pestilence, the White Rider of the Apocalypse. Now armed with a Bow that allows him to strike with disease from a distance, Billy lashes out at his tormentors...and accidentally causes an outbreak of meningitis. Horrified by his actions, Billy begs Death to take back the Bow. For that to happen, says Death, Billy must track down the real White Rider, and stop him from unleashing something awful on humanity--something that could make the Black Plague look like a summer cold. Does one bullied teenager have the strength to stand his ground--and the courage to save the world?show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 139.7 x 205.74 x 25.4mm | 294.83g
  • Turtleback Books
  • United States
  • English
  • Prebound edition
  • Turtleback School & Library ed.
  • 0606247424
  • 9780606247429

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"Jackie Morse Kessler has a keen eye for capturing the awkward uncertainty of adolescence, which she wraps quite deliciously in a coating of mystery, fright, and suspense. "Loss" is a treat for readers, a one-of-a-kind, twisty turny carnival ride through Billy Ballard's struggles and triumphs. I loved this book."--Andrew Smith, author of "The Marbury Lens""I lost sleep to finish this, and I'm not sorry at all. Jackie Morse Kessler's prose illuminates an ancient, disintegrating king as poignantly and effortlessly as it does a bullied teen; it's easy to see ourselves reflected in Mita's grief and Billy's desperation. LOSS is whip-smart and elegant, a truly worthy companion to HUNGER and RAGE."--Saundra Mitchell, author of "The Vespertine" "Gritty and raw with powerful truths. An addictive read."--Sophie Jordan New York Times bestselling author "of Firelight"Praise for "Hunger" "The storytelling is both realistic and compassionate....the writing is never preachy, and it allows an intershow more

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827 ratings
3.76 out of 5 stars
5 28% (234)
4 34% (279)
3 26% (218)
2 9% (78)
1 2% (18)
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