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The Darkest Path

By Jeff Hirsch   

Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780545512237 Hardcover
336 Pages | 5.78" x 8.54" | Ages 12 & Up

Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780545512251 Ebook
336 Pages | Ages 12 & Up

USA Today bestselling author Jeff Hirsch once again creates a futuristic world with stunning, dramatic realism.

For the last several years, a civil war has raged between the Glorious Path — a militant religion based on the teachings of a former US soldier — and what's left of the US government. The Glorious Path seeks complete control of the country, and those they capture are given the Choice: convert or be killed.

Fifteen-year-old Cal and his younger brother were captured and forced to convert five years ago. Cal gets along until he befriends a stray dog named Bear, and then kills a commander who wants to train Bear to be a brutal attack dog. This sends Cal and Bear on the run and sets in motion a series of events that will test Cal's loyalties and beliefs, ending in a brutal battle that the fate of the entire country rests on.

Raves & reviews:

Praise for The Eleventh Plague

"The Eleventh Plague hits disturbingly close to home, vividly depicting a world that has nose-dived into a futuristic nightmare . . . An excellent, taut debut novel." —Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games

"A gripping survival drama." —USA Today

"Sure to be a hit among fans of dystopias." —Booklist

"An impressive story with strong characters." —Publishers Weekly