Zi71bFS9nQHnivtvUJquhejTHIQ The Story Factory Reading Zone: Not the End of the World by Geraldine McCaughrean (A Review)

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Not the End of the World by Geraldine McCaughrean (A Review)

Everyone knows the story of the Ark. The flood rising, the animals entering two by two. Noah. But what about the women and children? Did they all accept Noah's orders to ignore their friends and neighbours struggling in the water? When Timna does the unthinkable- when she defies her father and saves a life- she knows her fearful secret may bring death and disaster on board. If it does, one thing in certain. There will be nowhere to run.

My review
This retelling of the Noah's Ark story is incredibly thought-provoking. Graphic, tearful moments are combined with theological questions. The perspective is a little girl's most of the time, but then switches to that of other characters to reveal a deeper insight to what is going on. Each has a different outlook on events, and a personality that will shape them. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to delve deeper into the events in the bible, or just wants a good children's dystopian-style story.  

Action Reader's Action: Many countries around the world at the moment are suffering from drought. Find out more about one of them and how you can help.

Discussion questions: What would you do if you were faced with the ultimate decision whether or not to save a life against the wishes of all you held dear? Do you think that there could ever be a good reason to destroy a civilisation?
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