The Girl Who Owned A City

The Girl Who Owned A City

Book - 1995
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When a plague sweeps over the earth killing everyone except children under twelve, ten-year-old Lisa organizes a group to rebuild a new way of life.
Publisher: Minneapolis : Runestone Press, c1995.
ISBN: 9780822531524
Branch Call Number: J/NELS
Characteristics: 200 p. ; 22 cm.


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Apr 01, 2021

bell5133 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 13

Jun 03, 2017

melissagrigg thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 99

charliehustle May 13, 2016

charliehustle thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 82 and 99

Jul 30, 2012

MandyStDenis thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

LocketLibrarian Mar 18, 2012

LocketLibrarian thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over


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Apr 01, 2021

Doesn’t go into why the adults disappeared or where they went. The book deals more with the aftermath—how the kids react in a world without adults. A good book for middle schoolers. If you liked this book, I recommend “Gone” by Michael Grant, which is similar but for older readers (teens).

Apr 18, 2013

is this a novel

Jul 30, 2012

I first read this book as part of my grade 7 curriculum over 20 years ago. Already an avid reader by that age, I normally didn't like being forced to read books that "were good for me". However I am very glad that I did read this one, and it was a very enjoyable read - in fact I recall devouring it over a weekend. Now 20 years on I don't really remember much of the events in the book, but I do recall are the impressions and lessons that it left with me:
- the value of caring for those weaker than you
- the knowledge that no problem is too great to be overcome
- The difference between needing something and wanting it
- the value of improvising, and making do with what you've got
- the importance of thinking your problems through
- the value of safety in numbers
I am hoping to introduce this book to my video game addicted nephew... Wish me luck

LocketLibrarian Mar 18, 2012

I just found this book in anticipation of the graphic novel. Now, I liked this, and would probably give this as a too young for Hunger Games read alike. But, my major quibble, is the Chicago location, and the fishing in the winter bit. It's cold in Chicago, so unless the plague that wiped out the adults caused some massive global warming, it's a plot hole for me.

But, I did enjoy the suspense, I liked that every attempt to fix their situation did not succeed, and I liked the survivalist teamwork. I would have liked Lisa to become less autocratic, but I am not reading this as a child. Overall, I am glad I found this.


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chris1918 Jul 08, 2013

The girl who owned a city reminds me of me if I ever had to own a city I dont know how she did It.


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