The One Safe Place

The One Safe Place

Book - 2014 | 1st ed. --
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"What is this place?"

In a drought-stricken world, Devin and his grandfather have barely scraped out a living on their isolated farm. When his grandfather dies, Devin knows he can't manage alone and heads for the nearest city to find help. But in the city he finds only children alone like him, living on the streets. Then a small act of kindness earns Devin an invitation to the Gabriel H. Penn Home for Childhood--a place with unlimited food and toys and the hope of finding a new home.

But Devin soon finds out that the Gabriel Penn Home is no paradise. A zombie-like sickness afflicts many of the children who live there--and it will claim Devin, too, unless he can become the first to find a way out of this dystopian nightmare.

"[A] chilling and engrossing tale . . . A standout." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Fast-paced and gripping. An original dystopian story." -- School Library Journal, starred review

"A timeless story that deserves to become a children's classic for decades to come." -- The Christian Science Monitor

A Summer 2014 Kids' Indie Next List Pick
One of the Christian Science Monitor's 25 Best New Middle Grade Novels of 2014

Publisher: Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, c2014.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9781616203290
Characteristics: 295 p.


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Siyuan Huang
Jun 27, 2016


A really creepy thriller that starts slow and builds into something amazing and terrifying. This book is great for a wide range of ages. Don't miss it!

snicholson76 Jun 04, 2014

This well-written, original story is suspenseful and terrifyingly believable. Highly recommended!

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Jun 28, 2014

violet_flamingo_86 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over


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Siyuan Huang
Jun 27, 2016

Devin doesn't remember life before the world got hot; he has grown up farming the scorched earth with his grandfather in their remote valley.


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Siyuan Huang
Jun 27, 2016

'"Fact is," she said, "we're on our own."'


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