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Fifteen-year-old Billy Ballard is the kid that everyone picks on. But things changedrastically when Death tells Billy he must stand in as Pestilence, the White Rider ofthe Apocalypse. Now armed with a Bow that allows him to strike with disease froma distance, Billy lashes out at his tormentors...and accidentally causes an outbreak ofmeningitis. Horrified by his actions, Billy begs Death to take back the Bow. For that tohappen, says Death, Billy must track down the real White Rider, and stop him fromunleashing something awful on humanity--something that could make the BlackPlague look like a summer cold. Does one bullied teenager have the strength to standhis ground--and the courage to save the world?
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 258 pages
  • 139.7 x 205.74 x 25.4mm | 294.83g
  • English
  • Prebound edition
  • Turtleback School & Library ed.
  • 0606247424
  • 9780606247429

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"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 interesting exploration of both intensely personal food issues and global ones."--"School Library Journal, "starred review "[The author's] ear for dialogue, fluid prose and dark humor elevate this brief novel above other 'issue books.'"--"Kirkus Reviews" "Powerful, fast-paced, hilarious, heart-wrenching, vivid, sad and most of all real, "Hunger" is a bre
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846 ratings
3.76 out of 5 stars
5 28% (240)
4 33% (280)
3 27% (228)
2 9% (79)
1 2% (19)
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