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The World Ends in April

By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Madcap tween drama focuses on impending doomsday.

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Funny, well-paced, and at times sad, this doomsday story will appeal to media-savvy kids who see how internet trends affect their social scene. But instead of gossip spreading by means of Snapchat or Insta, in The World Ends in April, the story that rocks Eleanor's middle school is about an asteroid predicted to make impact in a few months' time. Kids will appreciate McAnulty's humor -- i.e. Mack names his cane "Candy," and Eleanor's blue-dyed haircut makes her look like a "sad mushroom." That said, some of the hard-line disaster-prepping content could be a little frightening for sensitive readers, because it really feels like the end of the line.

A parallel that isn't drawn in the book is that Eleanor's real grief and feelings of desperation may have to do with the loss of her mother, who's never really mentioned. This might be a missed opportunity to explore an obvious topic. But Eleanor's grit, her desire to survive, her dad's tender helplessness, and the lovely friendship she has with Mack, make this story an enjoyable read -- with some end-times food-for-thought to keep it real.

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