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96 Miles

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Kids seek safety in riveting tale of post-disaster trek.

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Kids relating to each other

These 4 children find themselves on a path to survival with only themselves to rely on. Shows the character and strengths between The 2 brothers and between a brother and older sister. They must be brave and rely on each other. Wonderful tale, surprising and unique. I read this to my 12 yr old grandson by video phone during this pandemic. We both enjoyed the story.

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First-time author J.L. Esplin brings a riveting tale of kids on a deserted Nevada highway in the wake of a multiweek power outage that, as they sometimes note, could signal the zombie apocalypse. Thirteen-year-old John and his newfound friend Cleverly, a girl his age, grapple with the challenges of keeping themselves and their younger sibs alive as they endure blazing sun, hot asphalt, dust, wind, and no water. They meet some people who try to help them and others who'd gladly rob them and leave them to die. It's way more than kids their age should have to deal with, but it's not like they have a lot of choice. And the journey presents a lot of moments that test them, their values, and their character, even as it raises the nagging possibility that all that may not matter any more, at least to a lot of people.

"I know. I get it. People do crazy things when their own survival is at stake, things they never thought they'd do. Like rob kids at gunpoint. Or drink toilet water. Or commit grand theft auto. Or deny lifesaving help to the kid you've called family for the last five years. But the thing is, if you do survive, you still have to live with yourself."

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