Darkness Be My Friend (Tomorrow Series #4)

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The battle continues as five ordinary kids must journey back into the heart of an epic conflict.

Five months into World War III, Ellie and her four remaining friends have barely escaped the Australian town of Wirrawee with their lives and their sanity intact.
But as the next step becomes clear, they realize they must once again sacrifice their hard-won comfort and safety. A group of soldiers has recruited the...

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Overview


The battle continues as five ordinary kids must journey back into the heart of an epic conflict.

Five months into World War III, Ellie and her four remaining friends have barely escaped the Australian town of Wirrawee with their lives and their sanity intact.
But as the next step becomes clear, they realize they must once again sacrifice their hard-won comfort and safety. A group of soldiers has recruited the kids to guide the way to the Wirrawee air base.
What could possibly motivate Ellie and her friends to return? This risky sabotage mission may be their only hope of rescuing their families, too.

As survivors of an enemy invasion of their homeland, Ellie and her friends return to Australia as guides for soldiers from New Zealand who plan an attack on the Wirrawee airfield.

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Editorial Reviews

KLIATT - Claire Rosser
First published in Australia, this suspenseful series was reviewed extensively in KLIATT when released in the US in hardcover editions and also as audiobooks. Now, the volumes are available as trade paperbacks, and this is the chance for all YA libraries to get copies. The basic plot of the series is that a group of high school friends in Australia are away on a camping trip when their country is attacked and terrorized by an unnamed enemy. They become an insurgency group, doing whatever they can do to make things difficult for the occupying forces. Their parents and families have been placed in concentration camps, demoralized. The teenagers, making use of their intimate knowledge of their own hometown, stage raids and then retreat to the outback to regroup. The narrator is Ellie, who is filled with rage sometimes and remorse at other times. She is a realist, knowing that they have to do what they are doing if they expect to get their homeland back. All kinds of moral issues are raised. Also compelling are their feelings about each another. This represents the best of YA literature—exciting, honest, gripping. (Look for the final two books in the series to be released shortly—there are seven in all.)
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up-The fourth volume of Marsden's saga of teenage survival and defense of their homeland during war continues the tale at its customary breakneck pace. In the previous books, Ellie and her continually dwindling troop of friends arrived home from a week's camping in the bush to discover that their small town-and, seemingly, all of Australia-has been overtaken by an unnamed enemy army. This latest volume takes up the tale as Ellie and her four remaining buddies leave the safety of New Zealand to return to their old campsite, planning to infiltrate the enemy-held town of Wirrawee under the protection of New Zealand soldiers. The soldiers soon disappear, however, leaving the teens once again on their own. In this middle book of the tale-which runs to seven titles in Australia-the teens learn the fates of their families and manage to survive without further losses. There are hair-raising adventures aplenty, including a break-in at the general store that goes awry, as well as Ellie's unintentional mortal dispatch of an enemy officer. As with previous titles, the ending leaves readers hanging in wait for the succeeding books. The adventures here are finely wrought and enough new background detail is supplied to keep loyal followers of the series engaged in the characters' development. However, this isn't a story to approach midstream. It needs to be read from the beginning, and teens will want to continue once they have done that, for Marsden's style is as surefooted as his independent band of teens.-Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley Public Library, CA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439858021
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/2006
  • Series: Tomorrow Series , #4
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 237,497
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


John Marsden accidentally put himself through the perfect training to become a novelist.

He read vast numbers of books, acquired a love of language, and became insatiably curious about other people. He also had a variety of jobs, 32 at the last count, including working in abattoirs, hospitals, morgues and a haunted house.

In 1985, rather to his own surprise, he found himself teaching English in the Australian bush, at Timbertop School. Noticing a complete lack of interest in reading among his Year 9 students he tried his hand at writing a short novel that he thought they might enjoy.

The rest is history. John Marsden, author of the Tomorrow series and Ellie Chronicles, is now the world's most successful author of teenage fiction. He has sold a million and a half books worldwide, and has won awards in Europe, America and Australia. His first love however is still teaching, and he spends most of his time running writing camps at his property, near Hanging Rock, Victoria.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2000

    Tomorrow Series

    John Marsden has the unique ability to peer inside the mind of someone else; the person he's writing about. His books are incredibly, the ones I've read so far. I'm always looking for more of his work. the Pain, suffering, and hardships, that Ellie and her friends had to go through is portrayed beautifully and passionatly in each book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2014

    Cursed Cubit: Chapter 5

    Two days later, Flain, Zaptor, and Crokedilia stayed behind to guard the underground room, while the other Mixels searched the surface. Nobody is back yet. Crooked was playing with a yellow pegasus plushie with a pink mane and tail and a white unicorn plushie with a purple mane and tail. Zaptor occasionally tried to tell a joke to brighten the situation, though it failed. "SH<_>ADAAAAAAAAP!" Crooked finally said. Flain heard footsteps coming from the tunnel. "Back already?" he said, but it wasn't a Mixel. Eight Nixels stumbled through the tunnel, confused expressions on thier face. Then one of them saw the Mixels. "NIX NIX NIX!" it screeched, and the Nixels proceeded to attack.<p>Two Nixels went after Flain. He kicked one of them in the face before another jumped on his back. Flain ra<_>mmed the cl<_>awing Nixel against the wall, making it lose it's grip on his back. Zaptor pu<_>nched a Nixel, el<_>ectrocuting it in the process. Crokedilia was repeatingly hi<_>tting one with a plushie, and though it didn't harm the Nixel, it annoyed the Nixel. Eventually, Flain and Zaptor took care of the Nixel Crooked was hi<_>tting. Then another sprang at Flain. He hi<_>t it in mid-air just by holding out his fist in the direction of the Nixel. Zaptor el<_>ectrocuted two more, and Crooked finished off the last one by hitting the Nixel with a fairly large rock. As Flain and Zaptor dragged the un<_>concious Nixels to the surface, Flain suddenly noticed that one of them was clutching a Cubit. It was black with red, glowing lines racing towards the center. Even though they already had four Cubits with them, Flain quickly took the Cubit that the Nixel was holding. And then Flain and Zaptor went back to the underground room.

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  • Posted January 26, 2013

    Better than Hunger Games!

    I saw the movie and noticed that is was based on a book, so I came to B&N to look for the nook books and was excited to see that it was a series of 7. Please read series in order!

    This is supposed to be a youth/teen book, but they did not write them this way when I was young. I recommend that parents glance through these books to be sure they think that their child can handle the "war time" theme.

    But anyway, i loved the series and really was sad when it was over!! In it's own way, this is educational on survival that unfortunately may be needed one day.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2009

    Good but sad:(

    I love this series. The books are amazing, but I had to stop reading them because I was upset because so many characters were being lost.

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