Z for Zachariah (Paperback)

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For fans of Hatchet, Julie of the Wolves, or the I Survived series... 

Nuclear fallout has poisoned everything, Ann's family is gone, and her only companion is her brother's heartbroken hunting dog. But she's tough, she's self sufficient, and there's still clean water in the valley that her family's off the grid farm is located in. She's resigned to never seeing another human again. Until the moment she sees smoke from a distant campfire, getting closer with each passing day; and Ann is forced to consider if human company actually does equal safety, or if it's just another thing to survive.

— From Anje


In this post-apocalyptic novel from Newbery Medal–winning author Robert C. O’Brien, a teen girl struggling to survive in the wake of unimaginable disaster comes across another survivor.

Ann Burden is sixteen years old and completely alone. The world as she once knew it is gone, ravaged by a nuclear war that has taken everyone from her. For the past year, she has lived in a remote valley with no evidence of any other survivors.

But the smoke from a distant campfire shatters Ann’s solitude. Someone else is still alive and making his way toward the valley. Who is this man? What does he want? Can he be trusted? Both excited and terrified, Ann soon realizes there may be worse things than being the last person on Earth.

About the Author

Robert C. O’Brien was born in Brooklyn, New York. He attended Williams College and graduated from the University of Rochester. He was a writer and editor for Newsweek, National Geographic, and other publications. He lived in New York City and then in Washington, DC, with his wife and four children. Z for Zachariah—which is now a major motion picture starring Margot Robbie, Chris Pine, and Chiwetel Ejiofor—was completed by his wife and daughter, with the help of his notes, after his death in 1973. He is also the author of Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH and The Silver Crown.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781416939214
ISBN-10: 1416939210
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: July 10th, 2007
Pages: 240
Language: English