The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch

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In an America devastated by war and plague, the only way to survive is to keep moving.

In the aftermath of a war, America’s landscape has been ravaged and two-thirds of the population left dead from a vicious strain of influenza. Fifteen-year-old Stephen Quinn and his family were among the few that survived and became salvagers, roaming the country in search of material to trade. But when Stephen’s grandfather dies and his father falls into a coma after an accident, Stephen finds his way to Settler’s Landing, a community that seems too good to be true. Then Stephen meets strong, defiant, mischievous Jenny, who refuses to accept things as they are. And when they play a prank that goes horribly wrong, chaos erupts, and they find themselves in the midst of a battle that will change Settler’s Landing--and their lives--forever.
 

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Jeff Hirsch graduated from the University of California, San Diego, with an MFA in dramatic writing, and is the USA TODAY bestselling author of THE ELEVENTH PLAGUE and MAGISTERIUM. He lives in Beacon, New York, with his wife. Visit him online at www.jeff-hirsch.com.
 
Published September 1, 2011 by Scholastic Press. 293 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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After Stephen's grandfather dies, Stephen's father abandons their isolationism and is critically injured rescuing captives from slavers.

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Publishers Weekly

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Fifteen-year-old Stephen Quinn and his father travel the desolate, depopulated, and despoiled landscape of what was once the United States.

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Publishers Weekly

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Stephen finds himself at the small village of Settler's Landing, where a group of survivors have created an isolated haven of sorts, a far cry from the life Stephen is used to.

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Examiner

All of the elements that theoretically make a book good are there -- great dialogue, a nicely paced plot, and some really interesting thematic elements about xenophobia, literature, and the perils of growing up in a dying world.

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Examiner

The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch is a young adult book that might scare the pants off a too-young reader.

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The book opens as Stephen Quinn and his father, only referred to as Stephen's father, are burying Stephen's grandfather.

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New York Journal of Books

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It’s a risk he’s willing to take—and the consequences change his life and Stephen’s beyond anything they could have imagined.We’ve all heard the old cliché “don’t judge a book by its cover,” but the cover of The Eleventh Plague immediately captures one’s attention.

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New York Journal of Books

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Steve and his father evade the slavers, but Steve’s father is critically injured during the escape.When the slavers disappear and a group of friendly people discover Steve and his now unconscious father, it appears that Steve’s luck has changed.

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Portland Book Review

I bet you will find something that will interest you wp.me/P2DwkQ-bv0 5 stars for a cleverly devised mystery set in PDX a must read for the tween reader in your family wp.me/p2DwkQ-cmT http://t.co/FN0NuUFC The success of YA books like Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games series has resulted in a ...

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Geeks of Doom

The Eleventh Plague also manages being way less depressing and nears optimism without being condensing to the current cultural zeitgeist that ponders an uncertain future, one plague at a time.

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Lytherus

Grandfather dies just before the book starts, but he is still an ever-present character in the book by how he influences the decisions Stephen makes.

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