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The other side of dawn
Marsden, John, 1950-
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Publication Information:
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co., 2002.

Physical Description:
339 pages ; 22 cm.
Ellie and her friends, five Australian teenagers who survived the enemy invasion of their country, use guerrilla tactics to support a major counterattack by New Zealand troops.
General Note:
"Sequel to: The night is for hunting."--
Reading Level:
790 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 5.7 16.0 61395.

Reading Counts RC High School 6.9 22 Quiz: 33308 Guided reading level: NR.
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The Other Side of Dawn is the long-awaited, riveting, final title in the Tomorrow series about a group of teenagers in war-torn Australia. Since their home was invaded by enemy soldiers and transformed into a war zone, Ellie and her friends have been fighting for their lives. They have learned survival skills out of necessity and taken care of each other through impossibly dark times. Now, with a roar like a train in a tunnel, the war has entered its final days. There's no more sitting around, no more waiting. There's only fast decisions, fast action, fast thinking--and no room to get it wrong. As the enemy forces close in on their hideout in Hell, Ellie, Fi, Homer, Lee, and Kevin, and their adopted group of orphaned children, find themselves facing the last chapter of their struggle for freedom. But it may just be the most dangerous yet. And not everyone will survive.

Author Notes

John Marsden was born in Victoria, Australia in 1950. He was working as a teacher when his first book, So Much to Tell You, was published in 1987. His other works include the Tomorrow series and Ellie chronicles. He bought an 850-acre property just outside Melbourne, Australia where he ran writers' courses and camps for eight years. In 2006, he opened a school there called Candlebark.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 8^-12. Yes, this really is the final book in Marsden's Tomorrow series, and it may be a disappointment to Ellie's fans across the English-speaking world. The war finally grinds to an end as the five teens fight one last battle with the enemy, this time with the help of a New Zealand soldier and with supplies from the ubiquitous Colonel Finley. Marsden is at his exciting, if somewhat improbable, best when writing about Ellie's single-handed train sabotage and the teens' attempts to blow up a huge truck stop on the road to Cavendish. However, the prison-camp scenes become uncomfortably derivative of Holocaust fiction. And while a satisfying reunion with family and friends is the ultimate payoff for Ellie and readers alike, too much retelling rather than action will be the verdict about this last book in an otherwise very satisfying series. --Frances Bradburn

Publisher's Weekly Review

A crop of sequels and series additions greet fans this fall. Australian author John Marsden's The Other Side of Dawn brings his Tomorrow series to its dramatic conclusion. Bestsellers in Australia, the seven-book series revolves around a dwindling group of teenagers fighting for their lives and Australia's survival against a brutal invading army. Here, as the war enters a final phase, the dangers for narrator Ellie and her friends seem greater than ever. Who among them will find a lasting peace? (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-This final installment in the series takes place approximately one year after Ellie and a group of friends became reluctant guerilla fighters in the war that broke out while they were on a camping trip in the Australian bush. The teen and her surviving friends are asked to conduct raids and sneak attacks on the enemy, creating confusion among their troops at a critical point in the fighting. In spite of the great danger, they agree and the action intensifies. Ellie, the narrator, is a strong female character and the weight of her leadership responsibilities and the urgency of the situations the group faces are vividly conveyed. The action sequences are gripping and there is an expected amount of violence. The confusion, depression, and tensions that follow the end of the fighting are also realistically depicted. The book can stand alone, but the many references to the action and characters from the earlier titles make it a better choice for those already familiar with the series. Purchase where the previous books have been popular.-Michele Capozzella, Chappaqua Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.