By Pam Bachorz
Egmontusa, Hardcover, 9781606840160, 386pp.

Publication Date: January 25, 2011

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Spring 2011 Kids' Next List
“Ruby wants nothing more than to escape the Congregation, a community in which she is enslaved by Darwin West and his evil Overseers. Unfortunately, if Ruby leaves, the entire population will perish, as they need her blood to make the Water 'special.' When Ruby meets Ford, her desire to leave the Congregation grows even stronger and the decision to stay or go becomes almost unbearable. She must decide if her freedom is worth destroying the only place she's ever called home. A thrilling dystopian novel that teens won't be able to put down!”
— Amanda Snow, Hooray for Books!, Alexandria, VA


"A young girl thirsts for love and freedom, but at what cost?
Ruby dreams of escaping the Congregation. Escape from slaver Darwin West and his cruel Overseers. Escape from the backbreaking work of gathering Water. Escape from living as if it is still 1812, the year they were all enslaved.
When Ruby meets Ford an irresistible, kind, forbidden newOverseer she longs to run away with him to the modern world where she could live a normal teenage life. Escape with Ford would be so simple.
But if Ruby leaves, her community is condemned to certain death. She, alone, possesses the secret ingredient that makes the Water so special her blood and it's the one thing that the Congregation cannot live without.
"Drought"is the haunting story of one community's thirst for life, and the dangerous struggle of the only girl who can grant it.

About the Author
Pam Bachorz grew up in a small town in the Adirondack foothills, near the woods in which this novel is set. She left to attend college in Boston and finally decided she was finished after earning four degrees: a BS in journalism, a BA in environmental science, a Masters in library science, and an MBA. Pam wrote her first novel, Candor, while living in the Florida planned community that inspired that book. She now lives in the Washington, D.C., area with her husband and son.
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