While I Live (The Ellie Chronicles #1)

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Internationally bestselling author John Marsden takes us beyond The Tomorrow Series ... but the war isn't over.

For Ellie Linton, being back on the farm with her parents is what makes the terrible things that happened during the war -- the things she, Homer, Lee, Fi, and the others had to do -- all worthwhile. It's where she belongs.

But the war won't let her go. A devastating tragedy has shattered any hope she ever had to reclaim her life, or herself. It's a new kind of fight. And the enemy isn't always from the other side of the border.

Another spectacular novel of war and its consequences by bestselling author John Marsden.

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JOHN MARSDEN is Australia's foremost author for teenagers, and his international bestsellers include the Tomorrow Series, Letters from the Inside, and Out of Time.

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Grade 8 Up–Fans of 16-year-old Ellie Linton, gutsy guerrilla fighter from Marsden's Tomorrow series (Scholastic), will be overjoyed that she's back in an exciting series of her own. The realistic and shocking war-related violence that characterized the earlier titles is just as prevalent here, as Ellie adjusts to postwar life on her family's farm. An uneasy truce exists, and, although enemy soldiers often cross the nearby border to loot residences, the teen is not very concerned. One afternoon while hiking with her adopted, profoundly deaf brother, Gavin, and old pal Homer, they hear gunfire coming from her property. What they find when they arrive home forever changes the young people's lives, forcing them back into a war zone. Ellie must assume adult responsibilities that she never imagined and her very survival depends on outwitting an unscrupulous lawyer bent on getting her land. Marsden realistically portrays life during an uneasy truce. Plot details from the Tomorrow series are frequently mentioned, but this title can easily be read alone. However, readers should also be steered to the previous books, since they provide an exceptional reading experience.–Sharon Rawlins, NJ Library for the Blind and Handicapped, Trenton
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