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The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza

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The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza

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“Surreal, brainy, and totally captivating.” —Booklist (starred review)
“Provocative and moving.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Hutchinson artfully blends the realistic and the surreal.” —School Library Journal (starred review)

From the critically acclaimed author of We Are the Ants and At the Edge of the Universe comes a mind-bending, riveting novel about a teen who was born to a virgin mother and realizes she has the power to heal—but that power comes at a huge cost.

Sixteen-year-old Elena Mendoza is the product of a virgin birth.

This can be scientifically explained (it’s called parthenogenesis), but what can’t be explained is how Elena is able to heal Freddie, the girl she’s had a crush on for years, from a gunshot wound in a Starbucks parking lot. Or why the boy who shot Freddie, David Combs, disappeared from the same parking lot minutes later after getting sucked up into the clouds. Other things that can’t be explained are the talking girl on the front of a tampon box, or the reasons that David Combs shot Freddie in the first place.

As more unbelievable things occur, and Elena continues to perform miracles, the only remaining explanation is the least logical of all—that the world is actually coming to an end, and Elena is possibly the only one who can do something about it.

Shaun David Hutchinson is the author of numerous books for young adults, including The Past and Other Things That Should Stay BuriedThe Apocalypse of Elena MendozaAt the Edge of the Universe, and We Are the Ants. He also edited the anthologies Violent Ends and Feral Youth and wrote the memoir Brave Face, which chronicles his struggles with depression and coming out during his teenage years. He lives in Seattle, where he enjoys drinking coffee, yelling at the TV, and eating cake. Visit him at ShaunDavidHutchinson.com or on Twitter @ShaunieDarko.

by Kiersten

Thu, 05/28/2020 - 1:10pm

A 16-year-old Starbucks barista, the product of a virgin birth, discovers she has miraculous healing powers. The catch? Whenever she heals someone—like the girl she’s had a crush on for years—other people disappear into the sky. And don’t even get her started on the voices she keeps hearing in her head. This surreal coming-of-age romp is a little bit about first love and a little bit about the end of the world, but mostly it’s about finding your own reasons to hope. If a teen likes both John Green and Good Omens, this is for them.

From Teen Reads for Dark Times

ISBN: 9781481498555

ISBN-10: 9781481498555

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: 05/21/2019 - 12:00am

On Sale: 05/21/2019 - 12:00am

Pages: 464

Language: English


Young Adult Fiction / Science Fiction

Young Adult Fiction / Social Themes / Depression

Young Adult Fiction / LGBT