Eleanor is worried. Her best friend since kindergarten, Mack, keeps talking about abandoning her and their middle school to attend an academy for blind students, and if that isn’t awful enough, the world might be ending before summer break. A professor with an astronomy website is counting down the days until a massive asteroid crashes into earth. If it doesn’t wipe out every trace of humanity, well, it’s definitely going to end life as we know it. Eleanor preps with her survivalist grandfather and the kids from the End of the World Club. Meanwhile, her annoyingly rational father assures her the professor, who just lost his fancy Harvard job, has got this one wrong. The World Ends in April informs readers about science - yes, an asteroid really did wipe out the dinosaurs - while also showing how the Internet is overloaded with hoaxes, misinformation, facts and fiction, and sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference. But even better, this charming read reminds us that letting go of a best friend can be tough, but new friends are found in the most unexpected of places.— Jenny Chou
Is middle school drama scarier than an asteroid heading for Earth? Find out in this smart and funny novel by the author of The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl.
Every day in middle school can feel like the end of the world.
Eleanor Dross knows a thing or two about the end of the world, thanks to a survivalist grandfather who stockpiles freeze-dried food and supplies--just in case. So when she reads about a Harvard scientist's prediction that an asteroid will strike Earth in April, Eleanor knows her family will be prepared. Her classmates? They're on their own!
Eleanor has just one friend she wants to keep safe: Mack. They've been best friends since kindergarten, even though he's more of a smiley emoji and she's more of an eye-roll emoji. They'll survive the end of the world together . . . if Mack doesn't go away to a special school for the blind.
But it's hard to keep quiet about a life-destroying asteroid--especially at a crowded lunch table--and soon Eleanor is the president of the (secret) End of the World Club. It turns out that prepping for TEOTWAWKI (the End of the World as We Know It) is actually kind of fun. But you can't really prepare for everything life drops on you. And one way or another, Eleanor's world is about to change.
About the Author
Stacy McAnulty is the author of many books for young readers, including The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl, chapter book series The Dino Files and GoldieBlox, and picture books including Excellent Ed, 101 Reasons Why I'm NOT Taking a Bath, and Beautiful. A former mechanical engineer, Stacy writes about math and science with authority. Visit her online at stacymcanulty.com or follow her on social media at:
Praise for The World Ends in April:
"A smart, funny and emotionally candid book."—Shelf Awareness, starred review
“The novel has an exceptional grasp of melancholy that leaves an impact even after its philosophical ending.” —Bulletin
“ A well-paced, engrossing plot with endearing characters."—Booklist
Praise for The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl:
"Unique and utterly satisfying."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Prepare to fall in love."--School Library Journal, starred review
"Lucy's journey is beautifully authentic in this debut brimming with warmth, wisdom, and math."--Publishers Weekly, starred review
“McAnulty’s well-drawn cast of characters grapple with the difficulties of middle school, friendships, and life. An engaging story, full of heart and hope. Readers of all ages will root for Lucy, aka Lightning Girl. No miscalculations here!” —Kate Beasley, author of Gertie’s Leap to Greatness
"Fresh story, great characters, a winner!" —Barbara O'Connor, author of Wish
"The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl is calculated to steal your heart!" - Alan Gratz author of Ban This Book and Refugee