The Girl Who Owned a City

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A killing virus has swept the earth, sparing only children through the age of twelve. There is chaos everywhere, even in formely prosperous mid-America. Gangs and fierce armies of children begin to form almost immediately. It would be the same for the children on Grand Avenue but for Lisa, a yen-year-old girl who becomes their leader. Because of Lisa, they have food, even toys, in abundance. And now they can protect themselves from the fierce gangs that roam the neighborhoods. But for how long? Then Lisa ...
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Overview

A killing virus has swept the earth, sparing only children through the age of twelve. There is chaos everywhere, even in formely prosperous mid-America. Gangs and fierce armies of children begin to form almost immediately. It would be the same for the children on Grand Avenue but for Lisa, a yen-year-old girl who becomes their leader. Because of Lisa, they have food, even toys, in abundance. And now they can protect themselves from the fierce gangs that roam the neighborhoods. But for how long? Then Lisa conceives the idea of a fortress, a city in which the children could live safely and happily always, and she intends to lead them there.

When a plague sweeps over the earth killing everyone except children under twelve, ten-year-old Lisa organizes a group to rebuild a new way of life.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Paula Demichele
Time: 20th century. Place: Planet Earth. Crisis: a catastrophic virus has sweept the world and killed everyone EXCEPT children under twelve. This is the world drawn by O.T. Nelson. How do children survive in a town with no adults to feed, clothe and protect them? Lisa, her brother Todd and their friends must choose between forming a gang of their own, or finding creative ways to build a "kingdom of happiness." Together they take over an empty school building and make it impregnable to gangs, grow their own food, teach classes for younger children, learn to weld. When Lisa is wounded by a gang leader who wants her position, everything seems lost-but is it? Nelson gives us an eye-opening look at the toughness and clear sight of young children adults see as needing their protection to survive. A teaching guide is available. 1995 (orig.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761350866
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/28/2012
  • Pages: 198
  • Sales rank: 67,266
  • Age range: 10 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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  • Posted April 4, 2011

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    CRAZY idea that made you really think

    It's like a Zombie book with live people almost. Coolest book I read as a kid. Even in high school I would pick up the book and read it though. just a really great fun and inventive book. Make you wan to read the whole thing

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2008

    Severly Underestimated!!!!

    The Girl Who Owned a City should be compulsory literature in every classroom. Thought-provoking, fascinating, and inspiring, it remains one of the most underestimated piece of literature for young children that exists. Initially, when read, you may find yourself either instantly enthralled or equally repulsed. This is a normal reaction to the unusual critical stimulation within this novel, and subseqently compounds the novel's power.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2011

    Will Lisa Survive

    The Girl Who Owned a City Book Review by class 315 If you are the type of person who could survive on a terrifying planet, then you are the right of person to read The Girl Who Owned a City by O. T. Nelson. The Girl Who Owned a City is about kids who are 11 years old and younger. Lisa is only 11 years old and she is the captain of every child on Grand Avenue. Lisa protects every child because a virus killed every person 12 and over. Lisa is very brave. She is learning how to drive, so she could find food for the kids on Grand Avenue. Lisa also needs to find food and be brave because she needs to take care of her brother Todd. Lisa is also trying to teach at least 6 kids on Grand Avenue, too. She is teaching them, so they could find factories, farms, and grocery stores. If they do find food, they will take it with them, but if they don¿t, they will look somewhere else. I think this book is sad and mysterious, because I imagine trying to survive alone with no parents. It would be hard for a person to live there with no food. But if you do have food, then you will need to have your eyes opened because the cherester gang will break in your house and steal your food. What will happen next? What are you waiting for? Go home and read The Girl Who Owned a City.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2011

    Never join a riot at a grocery store...

    I remember reading this in middle school and loving it. 20 years later, the thing I remember the most: If there is a disaster, skip the riot at the grocery store and head to the industrial warehouses.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2008

    An Important Literary Contribution

    I read this book in the sixth grade and it changed the way I've read books and viewed life since. I think that all young adults should be given the chance to read this book.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 11, 2011

    EXCELLENT!

    This book is very good, it shows how kids will survive with out the help of adults. It is very good book for anyone to read.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2006

    My opinion of this book changes every time

    As often as I've read this book, I can't decide on it. I like it, and hate it. Lisa is very human - easy to sympathize with, and also easy to hate. And where are all the dead bodies? Rotting in hospitals? They can't all be- after all, some people would've refused to go to a hospital. Yet there is no mention of the children handling bodies or worrying about finding one. Perhaps the author considered it too macabre, but kids can read eerier, more horrific, and more realistic books than most adults realize, and understand them, too. My opinion is mixed. I loved it the first time I read it, hated it the second, and my view ever since then is just that this book makes me think. And that's why I'm continually drawn back to it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2013

    This was a great book

    I love this book! We read this in school and it was so hard to stop reading! The begining us a little scrambled but i think its great. The book is also informational. This is a great book, i recomend it to people who like adventure and who liked to entertained!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2012

    Aamazing

    Im reading this in class aanld it is SO hard not to readd ahead..Grrre

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2012

    BOOKS 2 READ

    Ok i read this over the summer last year........I LOVED IT! It is such a good read

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2012

    GOOD!!

    It was great! I really enjoyed it.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2010

    great class book

    This wa a great book to use with my class. It provided text for good discussions, comparison and characterizations.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2014

    Good :p

    I am reading this book in my class and it is a good book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2014

    10 stars

    I read this book a long time ago and loved by far the higjlight of my 2nd grade year. get it!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    GREAT!

    Amazing book!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2013

    Wow

    It is a really eye opening book. Especially if you consider the possibilty of a viral outbreak, which is now very high.



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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2012

    Lisa

    Lisa had got killed and todd was very sad and lonely about it and she had blood driping down her face all over her face it was very sad though and every body thouht she was dead but she wont dead she was alive and every one thought it was todd falt she got killed but she wont realy dead and every one was so happy when they fond out she was not dead and she told every body about the whold thing.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2008

    didactic and cliche

    Let me start by saying that I didn't finish the novel in fact, I didn't get past chapter 5. I kept thinking to myself that it would get better, but as the plot got rolling the unrealistic elements leaped out even more strongly than before. From the first page I felt the writing was less than ought to be acceptable in a published novel. (And when I saw the author's dedication to 'Lisa and Todd' I knew that one such large conceit as super-characterizing your own children would lead to many, many others.) The protagonist, Lisa, is amazingly prescient, especially in comparison to the other children. She also exhibits rather dated, contrived child-speak and emoting that many adult authors used to force from their diminutive characters on a regular basis -- after all, children are just miniture adults, right? Otherwise, they think and talk and interact like robots. The prose in general felt stilted, and the author was way too eager to spout his philosphy. Unfortunately, he does it rather clumsily. (Don't compare yourself to the American founders and then set yourself up as a benevolent dictator.) There are a number of very well-written post-apocalyptic young adult and juvenile novels that are far more worth your time than this one.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2008

    review of the book

    This book was so great from the beginning to the end. It was a book that I just couldn't put down. I absolutely loved it. It was always and enjoyment to pick the book up and read the way the world could be without adults. I especially loved to imagine myself as a child that has gone through this struggle of survival. The part when Lisa is shot and the gang considers her 'dead' I thought that the rest of the story would be about Tod. The only question I have was when will the sequel come out? The way they left the story of the King of Chicago was just written with sequel all over it! The book was so thrilling all the time from finding the warehouse filled with all the great supplies, then finding the new establishment for everyone at Glendale high school. I just loved the book i would recommend it to everyone who likes to read at all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2007

    Its a good book, no matter what

    this is a story of survival and inspiration. when you finally close the book you are motivated to,well, do anything really. it does have hidden messages, but every book does. here i think its mainly about the way you use power, for your own good or the greater good. both the protagonist and antagonist are dictatiors in thier own way but there is no doubt that lisa helps more than hurts. if the charecters in the book had been a democracy it can be said that it would have been better, but i think its more a case of to many cooks spoil the meal. even democratic athens had a dictator in times of heavy Crisis. Anyways, its an amazing book wiether you read into it or just read the actual plot. So go and read.

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