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Not the End of the World

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Horrifyingly realistic portrayal of ark for teens.

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age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

Not for light reading

While thought provoking, this might raise questions you are not ready to answer with younger children. Noah's family is hardly portrayed in a positive light. I found myself questioning many things. Readers need to have some developed critical thinking skills to be able to read and process the scenarios this book proposes. This does not simply expand the bible story we are familiar with... it turns it on its head and inside out in sometimes uncomfortable ways. I strongly recommend parents read this before or with their child to be able to discuss it in depth.

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This is not your children's Bible stories. Our predominant cultural images of the Noah's ark story have always been of the gentle lions with the adorable lambs, all in pairs, on a clean ship with good people for a miraculous journey. But author Geraldine McCaughrean brings it to life as a real horror show. Until the end, this story is one of unrelenting horror and degradation of mind, body, and spirit, and the author pulls no punches.

The fetid mountains of dung, the fleas and lice and mice (none of which are just a pair for long), the noise and filth and especially smell -- all are rendered vividly. But McCaughrean goes far beyond this undeniably realistic picture to examine the psychological toll exacted upon the younger human passengers, forced to see the deaths of dozens and know that millions more have died. This is a tough read, and not for the squeamish, but could push teen readers to think more deeply about familiar Bible stories.

Book Details

  • Author: Geraldine McCaughrean
  • Genre: Folklore
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: HarperTempest
  • Publication date: January 4, 2006
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 13 - 17
  • Number of pages: 244
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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