On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis

On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis

On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis (InfoSoup)

The author of Otherbound returns with a stunning science fiction novel for teens. Denise and her mother are ready to leave their apartment, but her mother won’t move fast enough. She is trying to wait for Denise’s sister, Iris. Now they are not going to reach the shelter in time and that means that they probably won’t survive the comet hitting Earth. As they drive the empty streets to their temporary shelter, desperately late, a chance encounter leads them on another path. Instead of a temporary shelter, they are offered shelter in a generation ship that will wait out the comet hit and then leave earth. Now it is up to Denise to figure out how to fix everything, to find her sister in destroyed and flooded Amsterdam, and even more importantly get them all a spot on the generation ship before it takes off. But who is going to take Denise who is autistic and her mother who struggles with drug addiction?

Duyvis set this book in her native Amsterdam and throughout the novel, one can see her love for her nation and her city. Yes, she destroys much of it, but the spirit of the people is clear on the page as is the beauty of the city even through its destruction. The science here is done just right, with a clear connection to today’s technology but also taking it leaps ahead, allowing readers to truly believe it is 2035. This book is not afraid of asking difficult questions about disabilities and addiction and whether only the perfect deserve to survive in this situation.

The book is beautifully written, with an impressive protagonist who shows that disabilities are no reason that you can’t be a survivor and even more so, a heroine. Denise is a beautiful mixture of autistic behaviors when she is pushed but also bravery and resilience. The book is an intelligent mix of adventure and survival with a compelling question of what could make Denise worthy enough to stay. There are additional ethical questions throughout, including how far one would go to save a loved one.

A brilliant science fiction novel that offers diversity and a powerful story. Appropriate for ages 12-15.

Reviewed from ARC received from Abrams.


2016 Children’s Choice Book Awards

The nominees for the 2016 Children’s Choice Book Awards have been announced and the website is now open for children to vote on their own or with classrooms or librarians. Voting is open until April 25. Winners will be announced during Children’s Book Week, May 2-8.

K-2nd Grade Book of the Year Nominees

Clark the Shark: Afraid of the Dark The Little Shop of Monsters Sick Simon

Clark the Shark Afraid of the Dark by Bruce Hale, illustrated by Guy Francis

The Little Shop of Monsters by R. L. Stine, illustrated by Marc Brown

Sick Simon by Dan Krall

Stick and Stone To the Sea

Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld

To the Sea by Cale Atkinson


3rd – 4th Grade Book of the Year Nominees

Fort Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras

Fort by Cynthia DeFelice

Funny Bones by Duncan Tonatiuh

I'm Trying to Love Spiders Monkey and Elephant and a Secret Birthday Surprise

I’m Trying to Love Spiders by Bethany Barton

Monkey and Elephant and a Secret Birthday Surprise by Carole Lexa Schaefer, illustrated by Galia Bernstein

Escape from the Lizzarks (Nnewts, #1)

Nnewts: Escape from the Lizzarks by Doug TenNapel


5th – 6th Grade Book of the Year Nominees

Backlash HiLo: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth

Backlash by Sarah Darer Littman

Hilo: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth by Judd Winick

Saved By the Bell (Vol. 1) The Terrible Two

Saved by the Bell by Joelle Sellner, illustrated by Chynna Clugston Flores and Tim Fish

The Terrible Two by Jory John and Mac Barnett, illustrated by Kevin Cornell

Everything's Amazing [sort of] (Tom Gates, #3)

Tom Gates: Everything’s Amazing [sort of] by Liz Pichon


Children’s Choice Debut Author Finalists

George The Question of Miracles

George by Alex Gino

The Question of Miracles be Elana K. Arnold

Roller Girl The Thing About Jellyfish

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

The Thing about Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin

Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer

Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones


Children’s Choice Illustrator Finalists

Little Elliot, Big Family The Princess and the Pony

Little Elliot, Big Family by Mike Curato

The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton

The Red Hat Strictly No Elephants

The Red Hat by David Teague, illustrated by Antoinette Portis

Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev, illustrated by Taeeun Yoo

Tricky Vic: The Impossibly True Story of the Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower

Tricky Vic: The Impossibly True Story of the Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower by Greg Pizzoli