By Bruce Coville
Harcourt Children's Books, Hardcover, 9780152017675, 272pp.
Publication Date: September 1, 1998
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The world will end on Thursday, July 27, 2000. At least, that's what Reverend Beelson has told his congregation. Marina's mom believes him. So does Jed's dad. That's why they drag Marina and Jed to join the reverend's flock at a mountain retreat. From the mountaintop they will all watch the Righteous Conflagration that will end this world--and then they will descend and begin the world anew. But this world has only just begun for Jed and Marina, two teenagers with more attitude than faith. Why should the world end now, when they've just fallen in love? Told in alternating chapters from both Jed's and Marina's points of view, this first-ever collaboration between two masters of children's literature is a story about faith and friendship, love and loss . . . and the things that matter most at the End of the World.
Yolen and Coville, writing in alternating chapters..., explore their rich, thought provoking theme with the perfect balance of gripping adventure and understated pathos, leavened by a dollop of humor.—Booklist
Convincing and compelling.”—School Library Journal
Providing action, romance and a provocative message, this novel could well get teens talking.—Publishers Weekly
In this page-turner...the authors pull off the remarkable feat of making the sacred tangible, of delineating what it means to believe.—Kirkus Reviews