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Children of the Dust (1985)

by Louise Lawrence

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I read this book in fourth grade or so, while we were stuck in the car on a hot day, driving endless around Northern California. It was an incredibly depressing book.
  csoki637 | Nov 27, 2016 |
I read this in middle school, and it traumatized the hell out of me. It begins before nuclear bombs go off, and then pitilessly takes a few characters (children and one of their parents) through their attempts to survive. To this day I put covers over my drinking water so that radioactive dust won't drift down and contaminate it, as I vividly remember it doing in this book.
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2 vote wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
The nuclear war has begun. Who will survive and what kind of life will they be left with when the dust clears? This book follows one family that is split up as the bombs fall on Great Britain, and what happens when their descendents are reunited.

A great book on preparedness, adaptation, change and acceptance of that change and how we can make the best of a really bad thing. ( )
  CharityBradford | Apr 1, 2014 |
The nuclear war has begun. Who will survive and what kind of life will they be left with when the dust clears? This book follows one family that is split up as the bombs fall on Great Britain, and what happens when their descendents are reunited.

A great book on preparedness, adaptation, change and acceptance of that change and how we can make the best of a really bad thing. ( )
  CharityBradford | Apr 1, 2014 |
A book of ideas, the plot is a little too tidy and convenient as the book concentrates on the 'what-ifs?' of survival and society after all-out nuclear war. More interesting now as an example of young adult literature from a time when nuclear war was a very real fear. ( )
  Moomin_Mama | Jan 6, 2012 |
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For the children
That they may never know the dust
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It was such a perfect day, a promise of summer with cloudless blue skies.
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Publishers' blurb: After a nuclear war devastates the earth, a small band of people struggles for survival in a new world where children are born with strange mutations.



"There's only one thing worse than dying in a nuclear war and that's surviving," said Sarah bitterly. "Even if we live through the next fourteen days, there will be nothing left! Just ruins and radiation sickness...no one to help us, no means of living."

But Sarah is wrong. Out of the dust comes - in the end - new life, hope, and a golden vision of the future.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0521576873, Paperback)

Cambridge Literature is a series of literary texts edited for study by students aged 14-18 in English-speaking classrooms. It will include novels, poetry, short stories, essays, travel-writing and other non-fiction. The series will be extensive and open-ended, and will provide school students with a range of edited texts taken from a wide geographical spread. It will include writing in English from various genres and differing times. Children of the Dust by Louise Lawrence is edited by Ron Middleton, Wargrave Piggott School, Reading.

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After a nuclear war devastates the earth, a small band of people struggles for survival in a new world where children are born with strange mutations.

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