6. The Girl Who Owned a City

by O.T. Nelson

This little post-apocalypse novel was recommended by one of my 8th graders.  It is the best book she ever read.  And I can see why. It is a world where everyone over 13 years old dies and the kids are left to figure out how to survival by themselves. Ten-year-old Lisa Nelson, an unlikely hero, rises to the occasion and does remarkable things.

Nelson, the author, is clearly telling a kid's version of Ayn Rand's philosophy. It's a bit too obvious in the tale, and a distraction.  Maybe not to unknowing readers between 10 and 15, her targeted audience.

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