The World Ends in April
Elle's grandfather is a doomsday prepper, much to her father's dismay. Elle and her younger brothers are regularly called to do drills in case of a societal emergency, like a flood, or an invasion of some kind. Elle is kind of sick of the whole thing, until she finds something online written by a scientist, who predicts the end of the world is near. Her father doesn't believe her, and Elle doesn't talk much about this at school, until her friend Mack shares some information and convinces Elle to lead a school club to help other students prepare. What if April really is the end?
Very few books about this topic are available for this age group, and for that alone, this story will hold lots of interest. Even if readers have no background in doomsday prepping, most can relate to that feeling of being unsure about what to believe in, in addition to feeling like an outsider sometimes. Elle's friend Mack is blind, and her semi-friend Londyn is a once-popular girl turned loner, and though these characters are not developed in detail, Elle's growth in relation to them both is relatable. Although plenty of skepticism about prepping and non-prepping is expressed by different characters, the central message can be appreciated by many.
"Dear Dr. Cologne,
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