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As explained here, I've made this week is Unsung Book Week at my blog. Feel free to join in and share your favorite less-talked-about books, either in the comments or at your own blog.

I gather this book is very big in Australia, but sadly I rarely see it mentioned in N. America. Here's hoping the recent Scholastic release will help correct that! :) I feel lucky to have stumbled across it several years ago:

TOMORROW WHEN THE WAR BEGAN by John Marsden




What it's all about:

When Ellie and her friends take off for a week of camping and goofing off in a remote valley near their town, they hardly expect their entire world to change in the meantime. But on returning, they find the outlying farms abandoned and pets and livestock dying. An enemy army has invaded their town, imprisoning their families and patrolling the now-unfamiliar streets. There doesn't seem to be much a group of teens could do. But faced with the alternatives of giving up or running away, Ellie and her companions choose to fight.

Why it is awesome:

Engaging characters, intense action scenes, and a compelling voice that sucks you right in--what else could you ask for? Well, this book gives even more than that. Despite how "big" the events are (entire town--and probably the entire country--taken over in a mass invasion), the story itself always feels as though it could really be happening. Ellie and her friends may fight back, but their skills and strategies are those actual teens would have--they don't magically turn into super-soldiers. Every loss is deeply felt, and every gain comes at a price. Exactly what I want in this sort of story: both exciting adventure and brutal realism.

Comments

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dpeterfreund
Oct. 10th, 2008 01:51 pm (UTC)
So, RED DAWN meets HOW I LIVE NOW?

Hollywood, here I come! ;-)
megancrewe
Oct. 11th, 2008 01:37 pm (UTC)
Heh, yes, something like that. :D
lindajsingleton
Oct. 10th, 2008 01:52 pm (UTC)
Great to see someone else raving abut this series! I loved it so much I ordered all the hardbacks from Harper then traded with an Australia friend to get the first ELLIE books. It's weird that I love this series so much when so much bad happens, but Ellie is so sympathetic, brave and such a survivor that I love rooting for her. Is there a 3rd ELLIE out yet? I'm waiting for that one!
megancrewe
Oct. 11th, 2008 01:39 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty sure there's a third Ellie Chronicles book... *checks* Yep, it looks like it just got released. :)
arinad_kitten
Oct. 10th, 2008 02:10 pm (UTC)
Yay the Tomorrow series. It's weird to think of it as 'unsung' though. It's so widely known here :) (I'm an Aussie)

On a side note, have you tried Tim Winton?
megancrewe
Oct. 11th, 2008 01:39 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's sad to me that it's so popular over there and so little known over here. :( And no, I haven't tried Tim Winton, but now I will look him up!
sealy38
Apr. 14th, 2009 03:36 pm (UTC)
got it on my list, Megan. love the unsung updates.
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My Books


Earth & Sky
(Earth & Sky #1, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2014


The Clouded Sky
(Earth & Sky #2, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2015


A Sky Unbroken
(Earth & Sky #3, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2015


The Way We Fall
(Fallen World #1, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2012


The Lives We Lost
(Fallen World #2, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2013


The Worlds We Make
(Fallen World #3, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2014


Those Who Lived: Fallen World Stories
(Fallen World #3.5, apocalyptic YA)
self pubbed, 2014


Give Up the Ghost
(paranormal YA)
Henry Holt, 2009

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