The Eleventh Plague

The Eleventh Plague

by Jeff Hirsch
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The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch

In an America devastated by war and plague, the only way to survive is to keep moving. In the aftermath of a war, America’s landscape has been ravaged and two-thirds of the population left dead from a vicious strain of influenza. Fifteen-year-old Stephen Quinn and his family were among the few that survived and became salvagers, roaming the country in search of material to trade. But when Stephen’s grandfather dies and his father falls into a coma after an accident, Stephen finds his way to Settler’s Landing, a community that seems too good to be true. Then Stephen meets strong, defiant, mischievous Jenny, who refuses to accept things as they are. And when they play a prank that goes horribly wrong, chaos erupts, and they find themselves in the midst of a battle that will change Settler’s Landing--and their lives--forever.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545388092
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 09/01/2011
Sold by: Scholastic, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 64,224
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

Jeff Hirsch graduated from the University of California, San Diego, with an MFA in Dramatic Writing, and is the USA TODAY bestselling author of THE ELEVENTH PLAGUE and MAGISTERIUM. He lives in Beacon, New York, with his wife. Visit him online at

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The Eleventh Plague 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 178 reviews.
FuzzyCoffeeBooks More than 1 year ago
What I Liked: 1) Stephen. Stephen has had to face a lot in his life and as a result, he's become very strong, but also very wary and untrusting. But what I really liked was watching him slowly change over the course of the book, learning what he was really looking for, and starting to trust the new people in his life. 2) Jenny. Honestly, I wasn't sure about this girl for a while. She was kind of closed off, a little like Stephen, so it was hard to get to know her at first. But then I learned a bit more about her and started to understand a bit more about why she was...the way she was, I guess would be the best way to say it. She's a major influence on Stephen, and changes the outcome of the story. 3) Emotional turmoil. I can always tell a book is really good when I experience a range of emotion while reading. There were tears, happiness, satisfaction, a lot of different emotions that all went into this book. 4) At the end of the book, you have to realize that there was this message that no matter what happens, people try to rebuild and reclaim the life that they always want. Among the many things to take away from this book, I think that was my favorite. What I Didn't Like: Do you remember when you first learned to drive a car? Was there a lot of stopping and starting as you got used to the amount of pressure needed to brake or drive? I felt like there was a little bit of that going on with The Eleventh Plague. Not stopping and starting, but hurry up and slow down. In future books by Jeff Hirsch, I'd hope to see a more even pace for the book. Overall thoughts: The Eleventh Plague is a great debut with some very real characters, and a plot line that will keep you guessing. If you are a fan of post-apocalyptic fiction without the dystopian slant that so many seem to have these days, add The Eleventh Plague to your TBR list!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i saw the book after i read the hunger game series and i thoought I need a book to read so I read it and it was amazing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was great from the start. I am certain you will like this book. Get it now.
Johnny_the_great More than 1 year ago
This book is good because it has a lot of action. The 11th Plague takes place in a post apocalypse united states, so if you like fallout this book is good for you. The boy in the book goes through a lot, and he never dies. The only bad part about it is the end and that it stays in one place. This book has a lot of shooting in it, people shoot each other in this book, that’s one of the big reasons why it’s good. The plague in it comes from china, there was a big war, so china sent over a plague, and that’s why people who like fallout will like this book. The boy Steven loses his grandpa at the beginning, but that’s on the first three pages. Later in the book something big happens with his dad. The end of the book could have been better. What I didn’t like is that most of the book takes place in one town, it’s post apocalypse united states, why would you only stay in one place. Some books stay in one place, but that’s because there better that way. If I was writing a book like this, I would make it many places. This book does have a good bit of choice words. If it’s the apocalypse you’re going to search for stuff, but they only do that once. My favorite part is when they go to the plane, but overall this is a good book. I do recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'd say that if you enjoyed the Hunger Games you would greatly enjoy this book. It had me captivated from the beginning.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I will begin by being totally honest: I bought this book because of the Susanne Collins' blurb on the front. This distopian story is one that boys would especially enjoy. I thought the ending was clever. All around good, quick read.
lovepassionbooks More than 1 year ago
This was my very first audio book that I made it a hundred percent through. I have tried many others, but I just couldn’t get into the ones. But then about a month ago a girl that I follow on Twitter tweeted about a website that was giving away free audio books during the summer months. So I was like well why not… And boy am I glad that I gave it a chance. This is probably one the best books to get you into listening to audiobooks. You meet Stephen and he is living the life that we all thought would never happen. The would have practically ended and they don’t know where there next meal is coming from. I think that would be the worst thing about living in a world like this. I know some people right now are living like this, but I could not be able to live like this. But then he is forced to live in a settlement that is trying to make their lives like the lives that they once knew. They go to school, hang out with friends, and even play baseball. You would think they had it made. But then reality strikes and life is back where they knew it would, The Eleventh Plague. Please do yourself a favor. Go and get this audiobook. It was so awesome. The narrator did a great job with the whole story. I truly loved every minute of it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was decent book, but it was simple and lacked finesse both in writing style and plot. I would have been happier if I had only paid $5 for a book of this quality.
Ree_Anderson More than 1 year ago
Oh, the promises made in the synopsis. I was so full of hope. I mean, it says, right there - "the world is faced with a choice..." THE WORLD, people. Of course we know that Stephen Quinn is going to be the main man. Of course we know that "the world" isn't going to be a character in this book. But really, shouldn't we get some kind of feeling like "the world" is involved? Instead, we're trapped in this tiny little settlement filled with tiny minds Now, that said, I do like that Mr. Hirsch explores some tough themes - racism, for one. I like the idea of his world. (But...what plague? It didn't feel very plague-like.) I like where the author was headed, but he just didn't manage to pull it off with any sort of finesse. Also, while I think Stephen could have been a well rounded character, I truly did not understand some of his choices. I can't really say which of them utterly blew me away without spoiling the entire book, but one or two really made my eyes bug out and my brows go up and I had to shake my head and mutter "Huh? What?" a few times. I really, really wanted to love this. I feel like the lack of world building (there was SOME, not a lot) and the choppy prose combined with a severe lack of detail and information made this one feel a little flat to me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Introduction The theme of the “Eleventh Plague” is don’t stay in one place for too long. The author’s purpose is to show what is like to survive from day to day. This was a great book. Description and summary of content This book is about a boy and his father surviving a post-apocalyptic world that a disease has destroyed. His dad and he are scavengers: people that scavenge what they can to survive. Evaluation This is the best book that I have ever read. I don’t really read that much but this book really changed my look on books. It is always exciting and you won’t want to put it down. Conclusion I recommend this book to anybody. Have fun and enjoy reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you're resding this book for non-stop action, you might be saddened. This book is somewhat of a laid back novel, kind of like To Kill a Mockingbird, only more exciting. But it has that sweet home kind of feeling that TKAM had. But I found myself wanting this book to never end, which I never really felt in anyother kind of book. You get in touch with the characters in a way you never really thought. Jeff did great job of writing this novel. He makes you fight and cheer for the characters and I loved that. I suggest this book for anyone looking for a gripping story. His other books are extremly good as well. I thibk the Darkest Path (which I'm currently reading) will be my favorite of his. Please read this novel! He deserves more praise than he already has. He should be a more popular author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It has a good story but the writng is terrible.compared to.ather books. As another person said, it seems like the author was in a hurry to write it. It gets confusing sometimes and loses interest easiy. If you are lookig for a goid book, i reccomend "Enders Game". Dont get this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was great! Full of acting, supence , and a little romance. Great book with a intresting plot and well decripted characters. Set in the future and really makes you think about the world today
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book it is an awsome book i would read this book twice or more
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It wasnt a bad story. In fact, it was great. I wouldnt recommend it to people who want a fast paced book because this book is one of those that some big things happen a few times in the book but not a lot in every chapter. Sometimes youl go about five chapters before something exciting happenes but then all of a sudden something exciting happens. Thank you for reading.!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and it reminded me alot of the fallout games. Great read , i highly recommend
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my faves. The name might make you think its about zombies or something like that. Still I love it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i meet the author and i didnt really intend to a buy a book but glad i did ! it was a very well told story i enjoyed it all the wat through. good job jeff!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
hello i am 13 years old and me and my friends have bought this book from our school's book fair. It was a great book afterall. It started off great. The first sentence was interesting and catchy. It made you think. I love this book so far and i am only on chapter 9. i cannot wait to finish and give my whole overview. if we are young and liking this book it is wonderful. i give props to jeff. this is awesome.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was amazing soo cool and it is full of advanture with a mix of horrer.
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mattp120 More than 1 year ago
In The Eleventh Plague, Jeff Hirsch tells the story of a boy named Stephen. Stephen was born just after World War two, with not only the struggle to survive after war, but also a deadly plague that was born wiping out even more people on earth. Stephen struggles to survive with his grandfather and father with no resources. After Stephen's grandfather dies, and his father falls into a coma after an accident, Stephen stumbles upon Settler’s Landing which is a community that seems to be thriving in Stephen's eyes. After spending a couple of days in the area Stephen may have changed his mind. The leaders at Settler’s Landing causes a disturbance by threatening to kill people because they aren't doing their job the way he believes they should. The citizens feel as though their leaders is unfair, therefore agreeing with Stephen.This causes Stephen to feel as though many of the people are not handling the issue in the appropriate way. In The Eleventh Plague, Jeff Hirsch, the author asks young adults to consider what it means to survive after war, and to be able to survive on your own with nearly nothing. For example, Stephen loses his grandfather early in the text to the horrid plague. This experience hits Stephen even harder than ever, when the family doesn’t own a home, and he loses an important adult figure in his life. Not only does it affect Stephen, but it affects his dad as well. “When he turned, the light caught tears cutting channels through the dirt on his face. I turned toward the woods as he sobbed, giving him what privacy I could, a knot twisting tighter and tighter inside me” (Hirsch 5). This is a good example in the novel of how important and special people can mean when life seems to be giving nothing in return. This relates to survival, because Stephen, his dad, and his grandfather struggled to move past the difficult circumstances. When Stephen’s grandfather passes away, the problems only seem to get worse. “Doing this gave me a rebel thrill. I don't have to worry about grandpa finding it now” (Hirsch 7). In this quote from the text, Stephen talks about his favorite book that he had been hiding from his grandpa. His grandpa didn't like Stephen reading because he believed it was a waste of time. This quote symbolizes Stephen’s acceptance to his grandpa’s death. Again this relates to survival, because his grandpa helped him with many things, and now Stephen feels as though he has to learn to survive on his own, without the help from his now deceased grandfather. Another quote from the book shows how desperate they are for food. “Dad turned it around so that the the light shone on the label. It read, simply, in black letters: Pears” (Hirsch 18). “I dug my hand in and pulled out a fat slice of pear, holding it up into the narrow beam on light. It glistened like a jewel. Perfect and impossible” (Hirsch 19). These two quotes show how desperate people are for the necessary things in life such as food when they are trying to survive. The constant question of where the family will find their next meal is constantly lingering. At this moment in the text, Stephen and his father’s only concern is about a simple can of pears. All in all, the author presents a well formated story to the reader on the conditions of surviving through solitude.