Monday, April 8, 2013

G is for Girl Who Owned a City

(For the 2013 A to Z Blogging Challenge, I will be featuring one book each day, that begins with that day's letter, that made an impression on me.  This means that for some reason, I didn't just read that book and forget about it.  No, I still think about it after some period of time has passed.) 

Title:  Girl Who Owned a City
Author: O. T. Nelson
Original Publication Date: 1979
Date I First Read: 1988
Basic Category: YA/Teen Fiction / Post-Apocalyptic 

Basic Summary:  Everyone who is above a certain age dies in a plague/virus.   Lisa and her brother are left to fend for themselves in a Chicago suburb.   

What I Remember (most) About the Book: The kids barricaded themselves in a warehouse or school, I think.   Honestly, it was one of the first apocalyptic books I ever read, and it made an impression on me, though I remember that I liked Children of the Dust by Louise Lawrence better. 

What I Took Away From the Book: Kids can survive in world without adults . . . if they can think like adults sometimes. 

Rating (1-5 stars):  4.0 stars – I would have given it four stars back then.  Now, I don’t know.  I re-read it in 2006 or so.  Portions left me wondering, and asking “Would I have really been able to drive a car at 10?” (I was maybe almost tall enough with the seat pulled up.)  I think I am going to have to find it, if I can, and read it again.   


emmlyjane said...

Hello -- just checking in from AtoZ challenge.

Donna Nolan said...

Very interesting. I may need to check this out. At 10 my son would have been tall enough to drive a car, but definitely not my daughter.

Heather said...

There are plenty of books that I read when younger that I haven't been back to since, and I wonder if they still have that something that compelled me all those years ago.
I'm going to have to dig a few out and find out now.

Greetings from the A-Z Challenge!

Heidi Mannan said...

I've never read this book. Sounds interesting.

Daniel B. (@publiusdb) said...

I think my question about these books is similar to yours: would kids really respond this way? Would they be mature enough?

Probably depends on the kids...