by Mindy McGinnis
2014 YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers Nominee
2014 Ohioana Book Award Finalist
Autumn 2013 Kids’ Indie Next List
ABA Best Book for Children 2013
One girl’s dangerous and romantic journey for survival in a frontier-like world not so different from our own.
Regret was for people with nothing to defend, people who had no water. Lynn knows every threat to her pond: drought, a snowless winter, coyotes, and, most important, people looking for a drink. She makes sure anyone who comes near the pond leaves thirsty or doesn’t leave at all.
Confident in her own abilities, Lynn has no use for the world beyond the nearby fields and forest. Having a life means dedicating it to survival and the constant work of gathering wood and water. Having a pond requires the fortitude to protect it, something Mother taught her will during their quiet hours on the rooftop, rifles in hand.
But wisps of smoke on the horizon mean one thing: strangers. The mysterious footprints by the pond, the nighttime threats, and the gunshots make it all too clear Lynn has exactly what they want, and they won’t stop until they get it….
North American publisher: Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins, September 2013
Audiobook publisher: Harper Audio
Foreign rights sold: Brazil (Darkside Books); German to Heyne; Hungarian to Cartaphilus Konyvkiado
Foreign rights contact: Katherine Tegen Books
Film/TV rights contact: Allison Devereux, Wolf Literary Services
An understated but gripping debut … Character-driven but with intense moments, this story works best because of its narrow scope and focused setting, with world-building details largely left to the imagination.”—Publishers Weekly
The intensity of action moves the story forward … The honest and hopeful ending—while not “happily ever after”—will resonate with readers and leave them asking for more.”—VOYA
A high-quality survivalist story for readers who enjoy internal story arcs as well as external dangers.”—Kirkus Reviews
Those in search of fierce female survivalist characters need look no further than this.”—Booklist
A brutally beautiful debut, not to be missed. Not a Drop to Drink is an unwavering story with incredible drama, danger, and power. This writer is for real.”—Michael Grant, bestselling author of Gone
Set against the grim backdrop of an all-too-possible future, McGinnis’s very fine coming-of-age novel doesn’t stint on life’s hard lessons—or its triumphs. Lynn’s story is what Laura Ingalls Wilder might’ve penned if she’d traveled a frontier imagined by Cormac McCarthy.”—Ilsa Bick, award-winning, bestselling author of Ashes