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In this page-turning adventure by Newbery Honor author Rodman Philbrick, a solar event knocks out our planet’s electricity, and a boy must risk his life to save his sick mother.

What would you do if every spark of electricity suddenly vanished, as if somebody had flipped a switch on the entire planet? Cars won’t start, the heat shuts off, there’s no water in your faucet, and your radio, TV, and flashlight go dark.

Everyone in Charlie’s small town is baffled. But as time passes, lawlessness erupts and takes an ugly turn. When the market and pharmacy are torched by an anti-Semitic arsonist, Charlie realizes his mother will die without her medicine. So he dons skis and heads off alone, seeking the nearest hospital. After traveling fifty miles through brutal ice and snow, Charlie encounters a burned-out, looted city of terrified citizens. Will he be able to save his mom?

Heroic, eloquent, and unforgettable, The Big Dark raises timely questions about responsibility, tolerance, and love.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An absorbing tale about the breakdown of contemporary civilization, the return to chaotic vigilante justice, and the strength of kindness and community.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A fast pace, pulse-pounding premise, and approachable first-person narration.”


  • “A riveting, credible, and even inspiring vision of life just after the apocalypse.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “This middle grade novel tackles topics like survival, astrophysics, family, and making the world a better place. It is a compelling read.”

    Children’s Literature

  • “Narrator Michael Crouch captures the excitement that quickly turns to fear on the night that the sky flares with magnificent lights before the power goes out all over town…Crouch’s narration reflects the fast pace of the story, and he deepens this survival story with convincing character portrayals. Charlie’s worried sister’s voice trembles with fear, the town’s ruthless extremist growls with menace, and touches of New Hampshire and Franco–American accents add dimension. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “Michael Crouch adeptly paces the fast-moving story and varies voices among the characters. Verdict: The all-too-real topic and relatable protagonist make for an engaging adventure tale.”

    School Library Journal (audio review)

  • “Bragg and his adult sons…are frighteningly realistic in both dialogue and ideals…[Touches on] the themes of racism, hate, and the danger of fear.”

    School Library Journal

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
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