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The Knife of Never Letting Go (Reissue with bonus short story): Chaos Walking: Book One (Paperback)
The riveting Chaos Walking trilogy by two-time Carnegie Medalist Patrick Ness, reissued with compelling new covers — and a bonus short story in each book.
“Narrated with crack dramatic and comic timing. . . . The cliffhanger ending is as effective as a shot to the gut.” — Booklist (starred review)
Todd Hewitt is the only boy in a town of men. Ever since the settlers were infected with the Noise germ, Todd can hear everything the men think, and they hear everything he thinks. Todd is just a month away from becoming a man, but in the midst of the cacophony, he knows that the town is hiding something from him — something so awful Todd is forced to flee with only his dog, whose simple, loyal voice he hears too. With hostile men from the town in pursuit, the two stumble upon a strange and eerily silent creature: a girl. Who is she? Why wasn't she killed by the germ like all the females on New World? Propelled by Todd's gritty narration, readers are in for a white-knuckle journey in which a boy on the cusp of manhood must unlearn everything he knows in order to figure out who he truly is.
About the Author
Patrick Ness is the author of the critically acclaimed and best-selling Chaos Walking trilogy, as well as the Carnegie Medal–winning A Monster Calls, inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd. Among the numerous awards he has received are the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, the Booktrust Teenage Prize, and the Costa Children’s Book Award. Born in Virginia, he lives in London.
Crack dramatic and comic timing… unforgettable… penetrating… The cliffhanger ending is as effective as a shot to the gut. —Booklist (starred review)
The emotional, physical, and intellectual drama is well crafted and relentless...Tension [and] suspense…are palpable throughout, mitigated by occasional moments of welcome humor. —School Library Journal
Todd’s world is a fascinating one, and the psychological and sociological impact of being unable to shut out others’ thoughts—or hide your own—is creatively explored … Todd’s colloquial voice is by turns defensive, belligerent, innocent, and desperate; the strength of his point of view and the subtle world-building contained in it make this series opener as promising as it is provocative. —The Horn Book
Todd and Viola…are realistically portrayed as kids frequently overwhelmed and terrified by their circumstances…The nicely balanced mix of coming-of-age novel, science-fiction adventure, and dystopic thriller will make this an appealing choice for a range of genre readers…still unsolved mysteries, carefully developed by Ness and left at tantalizing moments of resolution, guarantee anticipation for the next two. —Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Skillfully structured narrative creates an elegant mixture of action, dialogue, and dark, dsytopian pathos. —VOYA
Gives us a glimpse of the depth of evil in our hearts…the ending of this book is absolutely chilling and leaves the reader begging for more. —Library Media Connection
This riveting SF thriller is action-packed, with edge-of-your-seat chase scenes, a monstrous villain who just won’t die, and moments of both anguish and triumph…Emotionally intense…haunting page-turner. —KLIATT
Perhaps the most impressive of the recent crop [of dystopian YA] —New Yorker
A read-alone, stay-up-way-too-late book for older readers looking for the combination of being scared and being stirred to gallop to the end. —Chicago Tribune
The powerful, gut-clenching cliffhanger will definitely leave you wanting more. —Orlando Examiner online
The world is everchanging and sometimes, not for the better, unfortunately. With the new eBook partnership, Books on First and IndieCommerce regret to announce that customers are unable to use your Books on First giftcards to buy ebooks online.
You can still buy titles in other formats (hardcover, paperback, audio CDs) with a Books on First gift card as well as buy a Books on First giftcard which we will send especially to that lucky recipient (free postage!) who can use it with us online (for everything but ebooks) and in-store.
More than a card.
More value than many other store-bought surprises (except a book!)
Put a 3D paper sculpture in a loved one's hands and see the spontaneous delight.
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PSST! We have something for that Beatles fan of yours.
They're Here! Coffeehouse-Inspired Candles
We are excited to be selling Ana's Handpoured Coffeehouse-Inspired Candles -- Triple Espresso, Hazelnut Latte, Salted Caramel Macchiato Latte, Coconut Brew and more! in travel (& power-outage)-ready tins.
Tim's Bees Have Been Busy and the Honey is Back! And, We Now Have Garlic for Sale, Too!
For Sale at Books on First
From Tim Benedict's Orion Artisinal Honey & Garlic Farm
HONEY from BEES flying around FRANKLIN GROVE, IL
Two Sizes of Beautiful Glass Jars --
What a Great Gift Idea!
(pssst! If you find that having 19 of those empty bottles is a little joyless, return them to us for $1 each)
It's been said that local honey is great for warding off bad germs and aiding in the relief of sinus/breathing difficulties. Regardless, it tastes great!
And now, we have 10 oz plastic squeeze bottles, too, for those serious honeydippers!
Four Heritage Garlic varieties available now, in an attractive net bag with guide to type and flavour. If you are garlic connoisseurs or know of any, this is a must-have. Get 'em while they're fresh.
Based on the Book ...
We are always delighted when someone sees a movie in the book, because now, millions of more people know about the book! It might have been a great film or it might have been a total dud.
But, read the book yourself to see just how good or different the original is!