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The great unknowable end, Kathryn Ormsbee

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The great unknowable end
Title
The great unknowable end
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Kathryn Ormsbee
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eng
Summary
Told in two voices, sixteen-year-old Galliard and seventeen-year-old Stella cross paths and realize they must determine their own futures as strange events occur in Slater, Kansas, and its neighbouring commune in 1977.--
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  • Strange things are happening in Slater, Kans., in the summer of 1977. Animals are dying and strong winds are blowing. There’s pink lightning and red rain, and a hologram countdown clock appears above the town hall, indicating that something significant will happen on August 19. But for 17-year-old Stella, the world began feeling off-kilter before the weather changed, since her mother committed suicide and her older brother ran away to join Red Sun, the local commune. She’d like to become a space engineer, but she’s stuck helping her little sister and working two jobs. Meanwhile, inside the commune, lifelong resident Galliard, who has recently fallen out with Stella’s brother, has begun to think that Red Sun is less idyllic than he has always believed and wants to see what lies outside, a desire that draws him to Stella. Told in alternating perspectives by Stella and Galliard, Ormebee (Tash Hearts Tolstoy) skillfully parallels nature’s disturbances with her characters’ internal turmoil to create a suspenseful story about self-discovery and following one’s dreams amid a life’s complications. Ages 12–up. Agent: Beth Phelan, Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency. (Feb.)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 12/03/2018) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 49, p)
  • An ordinary Kansas town experiences the extraordinary over the summer of 1977. When 17-year-old Stella's brother left the family two years ago for Red Sun, a nearby commune, Stella had to abandon her dreams of becoming an engineer to take care of her little sister while their father worked long hours. Galliard, a 16-year-old musician with Tourette's, was the first person born and raised at Red Sun. When Galliard's application for resident artist is denied, he does something he's never done: considers life Outside. Then several unusual things happen: pink lightning streaks through the sky, blood-red rain soaks the ground, and oddest of all, a clock appears, projected by an unseen source, on the face of the town hall—and on Stella's closet door. The titular unknowable end refers not only to the mysterious countdown, but also to the teens' futures. Can—will—Stella and Galliard (who take turns narrating) forge new paths for themselves, or will they remain stuck in their respective traps? Who—or what—is responsible for the countdown, and what will happen when time runs out? Drive-in showings of Star Wars, the dawn of the punk-rock explosion, the final days of Son of Sam's reign of terror, and the death of Elvis are just some of the events firmly grounding the story in reality. Assume whiteness throughout. Realism with a hint of science fiction will inspire readers to question their own trajectories. (Historical fiction. 13-18) (Kirkus Reviews, December 15, 2018)
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Ormsbee, Kathryn
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no index present
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fiction
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  • 7
  • 9
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True
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  • Communal living
  • Families
  • Kansas
Target audience
adolescent
Label
The great unknowable end, Kathryn Ormsbee
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rdacarrier
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text
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rdacontent
Control code
000065276146
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
400 pages
Isbn
9781534420502
Lccn
2018012699
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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(OCoLC)1088922587
Label
The great unknowable end, Kathryn Ormsbee
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000065276146
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
400 pages
Isbn
9781534420502
Lccn
2018012699
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1088922587

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