Night of the Purple Moon by Scott Cramer (nanonoodle.com, 2012). Review copy provided by author.
Abby and her family have just moved to Castine Island, twenty miles off the coast of Maine, from Massachusetts. For months scientists have been talking about a comet that will pass over the earth leaving a vast trail of space dust and spectacular colors, including a purple moon. But no one predicts the killer bacteria that attacks human hormones, leaving all adults and older adolescents dead. Abby, her brother Jordan, and baby sister Toucan and the other kids on the island struggle to adjust to their new life, all the while hoping for a cure before they, too, die.
This novel is like Hunger Games for the younger set--survival in a post-apocalyptic dystopia. Middle grade readers will love the fast pace and vicarious exploration of life without adult supervision plus the suspense of getting the cure in time. Highly recommended for ages 10 & up.
I read a lot, especially kid and young adult lit. This blog will review what I've been reading. I get most of my reading material from the library, plus I buy books at school book fairs and the usual stores. I look for freebies on Amazon for my Kindle, and I'm happy to review any ARCs or e-galleys I can get my hands on.