Race the Night (Hardcover)

By Kirsten Hubbard

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 9781484708347, 288pp.

Publication Date: November 8, 2016

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (9/12/2017)

List Price: 16.99*
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"[A] moving tale of resilience, hope, and the meaning of family." -School Library Journal (starred review)
Without you, there'd be no hope for the world. Because you are the whole world.

That's what Teacher says, and twelve-year-old Eider knows she's right. The world ended long ago, and the desert ranch is the only thing left. Still, Eider's thoughts keep wandering Beyond the fence. Beyond the pleated earth and scraggly brush and tedious daily lessons. Eider can't help wishing for something more-like the stories in the fairytale book she hides in the storage room. Like the secret papers she collects from the world Before. Like her little sister who never really existed.
When Teacher announces a new kind of lesson, Eider and the other kids are confused. Teacher says she needs to test their specialness-the reason they were saved from the end of the world. But seeing in the dark? Reading minds? As the kids struggle to complete Teacher's challenges, they also start to ask questions. Questions about their life on the desert ranch, about Before and Beyond, about everything Teacher has told them. But the thing about questions-they can be dangerous.

This moving novel-equal parts hope and heartbreak-traces one girl's journey for truth and meaning, from the smallest slip of paper to the deepest understanding of family. The world may have ended for the kids of the desert ranch . . . but that's only the beginning.

About the Author

Kirsten Hubbard is the author of middle grade novel Watch the Sky and two YA novels from Delacorte, Wanderlove and Like Mandarin. She also co-founded the popular blog YA Highway (www.yahighway.com) and she holds a BA in writing from UCSD. Kirsten lives in Los Angeles, California. Visit her online at www.kirstenhubbard.com or on Twitter @KirstenHubbard.

Praise For Race the Night

* "The end of one world is the beginning of another in this moving tale of resilience, hope, and the meaning of family."—School Library Journal (starred review)

"Hubbard keeps pages turning with careful pacing of the revelations about Eider's world and ever increasing clues that Teacher may not be telling the truth... A claustrophobic survival tale that will keep readers guessing."—Kirkus Reviews

"The eerie atmosphere and intelligent, determined kid characters will appeal to plenty of readers."—Booklist

"Clues of a world beyond creep in and out of the narrative as easily as half-remembered dreams, keeping the reader as hesitant and suspicious as the children themselves...similar to that in The Giver.... [Hubbard] draws the suspense out until the very last page. This is a good recommendation for young fans of Margaret Peterson Haddix or Suzanne Collins."—BookPage