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Guest review: The Eleventh Plague

May 2, 2014

My friend Ryan has been busy with school and reading.  He says he’s looking forward to the spring and summer.  He recently read The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch and was kind enough to share his thoughts with us.

The Eleventh Plague

A horrible plague was released on America at the hands of the Chinese. After grandpa died, everything crashed and burned. Without him to enforce the rules on how to survive, things just spiraled downward. Without a clue where to go, a brutal storm hits. When Grandpa was living, the path was set and the family journeyed the same way year after year. Wanting to make a better life, Stephen and his father then decide to choose their own path.

After a horrible accident, some other survivors lead them to a town called Settlers Landing. However, with his dad in a coma, Stephen struggles to fit in. Stephen then meets another outcast, a mischievous girl named Jenny. Jenny just happens to be Chinese, but lives at Settlers landing with another family following the death of her parents. Just when things started to get better with Jenny in his life; the new world he lives in crashes down around him.

Jeff Hirsch did a great job of writing this book, mixing edge of your seat action with romance. The characters were well developed and things did not drag on making it boring. I thought it was straight to the point. I think any kid 10 and up would like this book. I believe Jeff Hirsch should try and make this book a series, because there are a lot of things I felt he left hanging. Again, this book would be great for everyone who likes anything from romance to action.

kid konnection newI will link this up to Booking Mama’s Saturday feature, Kid Konnection. If you’d like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children’s books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, leave a comment as well as a link on her site tomorrow.

Review copy provided by Scholastic. I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
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14 Comments leave one →
  1. May 2, 2014 8:08 am

    Thanks Ryan for your great review. This book sounds interesting. I like that the characters are well developed and the story does not drag on.

  2. Patty permalink
    May 2, 2014 9:32 am

    Great review, Ryan…what are you reading next?

  3. Beth F permalink
    May 2, 2014 9:45 am

    Thanks, Ryan! I’ve had this on my list for a long time. I guess I’d better get reading.

  4. Grandma Murhl permalink
    May 2, 2014 11:05 am

    Good review Ryan. Keep reading, books can take you anywhere, anytime.

  5. May 2, 2014 12:36 pm

    Thanks for the review Ryan

  6. talesofwhimsy permalink
    May 2, 2014 4:08 pm

    I’ve been meaning to listen to this one.

  7. May 2, 2014 6:26 pm

    Ryan wrote a very good, clearly written review. This sounds like a book that has a lot to offer readers, and that could be the start of a series.

  8. May 2, 2014 8:49 pm

    It seems that the only type of YA book I enjoy tends to be dystopian and have a male protagonist. I may have to check this one out, thanks Ryan.

  9. Ryan permalink
    May 2, 2014 11:16 pm

    @ Patty, I am looking for a good book to read right now, since I finished the Eleventh Plague I have read a few non-fiction books over the civil war. @ Ryan, I tend to love the same books that you mention. @ bermudaonion thank you for letting me do so many reviews, and thank you everyone else for the beaming comments.

  10. May 3, 2014 5:22 pm

    Very good review Ryan! Sounds like a book my youngest granddaughter would like!

  11. May 5, 2014 3:07 pm

    Sounds like a book our boys would like. Thanks Ryan!

  12. May 5, 2014 3:48 pm

    Great review! I think my daughter either has this book or mentioned it to me before because it sounds familiar.

  13. May 6, 2014 4:18 pm

    Ryan, a book blogger/reviewer in the making!

  14. bookingmama permalink
    May 21, 2014 8:20 am

    I’m impressed! I think we met that author at BEA a few years ago, but I could be wrong.

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