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Author: Mindy McGinnis Narrator: Cassandra Campbell Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2013 ISBN: 9780062298843
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Regret was for people with nothing to defend, people who had no water.

Lynn knows every threat to her pond: drought, a snowless winter, coyotes, and, most important, people looking for a drink. She makes sure anyone who comes near the pond leaves thirsty or doesn't leave at all.

Confident in her own abilities, Lynn has no use for the world beyond the nearby fields and forest. Having a life means dedicating it to survival and the constant work of gathering wood and water. Having a pond requires the fortitude to protect it, something Mother taught her well during their quiet hours on the rooftop, rifles in hand.

But wisps of smoke on the horizon mean one thing: strangers. The mysterious footprints by the pond, the nighttime threats, and the gunshots make it all too clear Lynn has exactly what they want, and they won't stop until they get it. . . .

With evocative, spare language and incredible drama, danger, and romance, debut author Mindy McGinnis depicts one girl's journey in a barren world not so different from our own.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A brutally beautiful debut, not to be missed. Not a Drop to Drink is an unwavering story with incredible drama, danger, and power. This writer is for real.”

    Michael Grant, New York Times bestselling author

  • “[This] understated but gripping debut…paints a stark picture of a world not far removed from our own, concentrating on Lynn’s gradual emotional growth as contrasted against the physical harshness of her existence. Character-driven but with intense moments, this story works best because of its narrow scope and focused setting, with world-building details largely left to the imagination.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Those in search of fierce female survivalist characters need look no further than this.”


  • “The intensity of action moves the story forward but not at the expense of character development. The complex, authentic characters are neither fully evil nor unbelievably good. The honest and hopeful ending—while not ‘happily ever after’—will resonate with readers and leave them asking for more.”


  • “A high-quality survivalist story for readers who enjoy internal story arcs as well as external dangers.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Deftly written…This post-apocalyptic survival tale is about so much more than just survival. I loved it.”

    Jodi Meadows, author of the Incarnate trilogy

  • “I can’t say enough good things about the writing, and the characterization. If you’re looking for grit, realism, and heart, you found it.”

    Kendare Blake, author of Anna Dressed in Blood

  • Selected for the Autumn 2013 Kids' Indie Next List: Teens

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About the Author

Mindy McGinnis an Edgar Award-winning author and an assistant young-adult librarian. She graduated magna cum laude from Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio, with a BA in English literature and religion.

About the Narrator

Cassandra Campbell, Audie Award–nominated narrator and winner of several Earphones Awards, has performed in regional theaters across the country and in several off-Broadway shows at the Public Theater and the Mint Theater. In addition to narrating audiobooks, acting, and directing, she is a commercial and documentary voice-over artist.