Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Alex Award Watch: The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

Pat's here to talk about an adult book that's become a favorite among a few of our librarians this year, it's one for the fans of end-of-the world novels out there:
 
The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

“I guess it never is what you worry over that comes to pass in the end.”

It’s imperceptible at first. You go to sleep one night and wake up the next day barely able to discern that the day is just a tiny bit longer than was the day before.  And though the impact of oddly changing days and nights begins to have huge and devastating repercussions on all life and society, 11-year-old Julia is still mostly trying to navigate the minefields of adolescence and middle school and first crushes and mean girls and whatever is happening between her parents and life in her suburban town.

This debut novel (written for adults but with great YA appeal) will grab you and mess with your mind.  You’ll begin to wonder how you and your family would respond. Would the inexplicable slowing of the earth’s rotation turn you into a “clock timer” or a “real timer”?  How would you deal with no birds?  Food shortages? With everything so different?  And no one really able  to explain why it’s happening. 

Check out this trailer and I dare you not to want to read this amazing book.  I finished it several weeks ago and just keep thinking about it. A brilliant coming-of-age tale wrapped in an end-of-time story adds up to a sure winner. Check it out!

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