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FWIW, Earth Abides is a major snoozer. I think that and I'm 41. A middle schooler would, I think, throw it across the room.
I would second The Chrysalids - I've just re-read it.
City by Simak would be an off-the-wall suggestion. Dogs tell stories about the decline (and eventual extinction) of man.
A Canticle For Leibowitz should be readable my a middle-schooler
Again both of these are older books. But they are still in print.
(6) Alas, Babylon was a required read in 7th or 8th grade I think.
I've not read it in years, but recall very favorable impressions of it. I owned it for a number of years and reread it several times.
Even though it is written in a late 1950s perspective, it also could be valuable to show young adults how people of that time handled an apocalyptic situation.
I just read Unwind. This is from my review: The premise of Unwind is that abortion is such a divisive issue that a civil war was fought over it, The Heartland War, at the end of which "The Bill of Life" was passed. It states that human life may not be touched from the moment of conception until a child reaches the age of thirteen. However between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, a parent (or guardian) may choose to retroactively 'abort' a child... on the condition that the child's life doesn't 'technically' end. The child is "unwound", all the organs, skin and tissue, every bit of the body, is transplanted into other people. Of course there are young scheduled unwinds running from their fate, kind of a combo Lord of the Flies and Never Let Me Go.
You also can't pass up The Hunger Games trilogy. Some people think it's too upsetting for middle school, I don't, and the fact that the movie is coming out would be a good impetus to get the kids to read.
I am not sure if the age range is right, but I enjoyed A Wrinkle in Time and the John Christopher books starting with The White Mountains (although he later wrote a prequel, which I didn't enjoy as much; granted I was probably thirty years older when I read it.) I agree with the Maze Runner and sequel and The Hunger Games books as more recent examples.
I have heard that a number of schools have banned The Hunger Games. That seems pretty ridiculous.
>20 drmamm: But I think of the "tripod" series as "alien invasion" rather than "post-apocalyptic" (OPer please note spelling!).
Yeah the Tripods were alien invasion, but there doesn't seem to be that many of us left. Apocolypse by alien? My bigger concern is that they might be too young to be considered young adult.
The Happy Planet was one that captivated me as an 11/12-year old. It is a sort of post-apocalypse setting, viewed from the perspective of returning survivors who had escaped by colonizing another planet.
For some oldies but goodies, try The Children of Morrow and Treasures of Morrow by H. M. Hoover and Mind-hold, Mind-call, and Mind-find by Wilanne Schneider Belden. IMHO, Jeanne DuPrau borrowed a lot from Hoover with her The City of Ember series. The first two are contemporaneous with the Christopher books.
Btw, Amazon has several lists of apocalyptic books for YA and children in their listmania section.
The Summer of the Apocalypse. I read this a few weeks ago and thought it was pretty good.
Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang, Kate Wilhelm touches on post apocalypse and cloning in this classic SF novel.
A Canticle for Leibowitz has a sequel, not widely known even to readers of the first book. Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman was published posthumously, possibly because Miller recognized there were problems with it and set it aside. Reviews of it here in LT run 2 against and one for. I lost my own copy before I could finish it, but what I read tends to support those who say it's just not as good as the original book, and not particularly good in itself. That said, YMMV, and it fits this topic's category, so....
Here are two that no one listed - "On the Beach" by Nevil Shute, maybe a little too realistic and a downer but makes you think. And "The Stand" by Stephen King, not what you first think of but has good character development, interesting ideas and hits on some social issues.
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I would recommend The Road by Cormac McCarthy . The writing style is different from any book you have ever read. It almost prose poetry in format. The book is similar to but much better than the movie. Some of the scenes are the same but in the movie the boy looks to be about 12 years old. In my opinion that is a flaw in the movie as a 12 year old would be almost an adult and much more useful than the 7-8 year old that the book portrays who required constant reassuring and protection.
The book is quite depressing and moody due to the excellent description of the landscape and some scenes but it is an outstanding portrayal of the the love and bonding between a father and his son in trying times
Emergence by David Palmer is quite good. And the protagonist is a 12(?) year old girl.
Okay, many years ago, more than I want to admit to, when I was in junior highschool, I read a post-apocalyptic novel by Andre Norton called Starman's Son, also published later under the title Daybreak 2250 A.D. I remember it as a page turner, and age appropriate.
Realized I left out Farnham's Freehold by Robert Heinlein (a bit controversial but has the elements you're looking for)...
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