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By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Gripping disaster novel imagines California without water.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 13+


This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
age 10+

the best book!

My 10 year old read it and he was very into it! Amazing book!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6):
Kids say (8):

Lots of readers have climate change on their minds, and this gripping, sophisticated disaster novel vividly shows the perils of rising temperatures. In Dry, the father-son Shusterman team steadily builds the level of suspense as their complex and surprising characters fight to survive. Each member of the cast is multidimensional, and the authors take pains to present them with moral questions that have no easy answers. The novel's ending may strike some readers as a little too easy, but it's satisfying to see these characters mostly rewarded for their bravery.

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