Posted by kacates on June 17, 2010
Looking for a fast-paced, exciting summer read? You can't do better than John Marsden's Tomorrow, When the War Began series. First published in Australia, these seven books tell the story of Ellie and her friends, who decide to spend their summer vacation camping in the Australian bush, only to find out when they try to return home that their country has been invaded and their families killed or captured. Now they have some choices to make: Do they return to the bush and stay hidden to avoid capture? Do they let themselves be taken so they can at least be reunited with their families? Or…do they fight back?
Since, as I mentioned, it's a seven-book series full of crazy action, you might be able to guess what these teenagers choose. With only the weapons available to them from raiding abandoned farms and ranches, they become guerrilla warriors, fighting back against their country's occupation. I promise, once you start reading these books, you won't be able to put them down! You can find all seven in the series section of the YA department here at the Normal library. Plus, if you finish the books and still can't get enough, Marsden later wrote The Ellie Chronicles, a trilogy covering what happens to Ellie and her friends when the war is finally over.
While interest in the series has been picking up recently here in the States, in Australia, these books were absolutely HUGE, selling millions of copies. Now, a movie is getting ready to be released there in September. I can only hope it eventually makes it over here so I can see it! Here's the most recent trailer to be released – the cast looks great, and from what I can tell it sticks fairly close to the book: