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Not the End of the World

3.36 of 5 stars 3.36  ·  rating details  ·  296 ratings  ·  54 reviews
Everyone knows the story of the Flood, the men God chose to survive, the animals that went in two by two. But what about the others that sailed on the Ark - the women and the children? This adventure story asks what it was really like when the heavens opened and the world drowned - and what might have happened in the days that followed. wife, Zillah, concerned for the welf ...more
Paperback, 174 pages
Published March 31st 2005 by Oxford University Press (first published October 7th 2004)
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Linnae
A retelling of the Biblical story of Noah. Mostly told by Timna, an unmentioned daughter, but other characters get a chapter or two--even some of the animals. Think of Noah more as deluded cult leader than prophet and you'll be about on the same wave length as this book. The family, who start out at least somewhat united and normal relationship-wise, become more and more dsyfunctional as the story progresses. The longer everyone is on the ark, the more unhealthy they all get, animals included, u ...more
Joni
Apr 28, 2008 Joni rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teens/grownups
A very well-written tale, telling what is probably a more accurate account of the dilemmas faced by Noah and his family than many story-books and 'bible stories for children' books do. The writer chose to tell the story using different points of view, primarily Timna, the daughter of Noah whose name has supposedly been overlooked in the Biblical account as 'a daughter is not the same blessing as a son.' My only niggle is the fact that the book did actually contradict the bible, instead of just s ...more
Jane

What a lovely story! This is a book written for children but with so many layers to it that anyone can enjoy it as their own level. In fact, it is a classic example of how to do it well.
The plot line—animals two by two, ark, flood, Noah’s sons repopulating the earth—we all know it. This retelling brings us the nitty-gritty of life on the ark in a sensitive, realistic way. McCaughrean sets out complex ideas and emotions in a simple, no nonsense way.
Although many voices, including some of the ani
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Brielle
Mar 19, 2008 Brielle rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 14-16 years
An interesting perspective on the experiences of Noah and his family, but I didn't really like it. It was well-thought out and as realistic as possible, but it just didn't sit well. It seemed to end with the message that "every man of God is crazy and deluded, and the only way to survive is to sneak behind their backs".
Lowed
Dec 09, 2010 Lowed rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
The water boiled with people. They were swimming, or clutching hold of logs, doors, cartwheels. Animals, too, were swimming among them--dogs and horses, cattle, goats. The sky was full of displaced birds, circling, circling, with nowhere to land.

If some of the interpretations of the Mayan calendar were right about December 21 [or 23?] 2012 being the end of the world, I just hope it will not be this tragic. NOT the end of the of the WORLD is actually a childrens lit. A re-telling of the story of
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Jww
Bible thumpers beware: this is not the book for you. If you rely on faith more than reason and if you believe in the literal truth of the Bible more than the latter as parables, you will not like this book. I, on the other hand, loved it. It is a very smart take on the Noah story but also much more. It seeks to make one question anyone calling themselves a prophet who speaks for or claims to know the intentions of a god. It critiques blind faith and even more those who become radicalized in it. ...more
Gail Gauthier
"Whatever made me (or anyone else) think the story of the destruction of mankind was a fun tale for the kiddies?

In McCaughrean's take on Noah, Timna, his daughter, who knows she doesn't matter and won't be remembered (explaining why she isn't mentioned in the Old Testament), tells the first-person story of the days preceding and following The Wave. Their neighbors thought Noah and his sons were mad for building that giant boat until the water came. Then they begged to be saved--and were rebuffed
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Sandra Dutton
A very insightful and entertaining story of Noah's Ark through the eyes of Noah's daughter (never mentioned in the Bible, of course).
Manisha Kerai
Brilliant, a fantastic take on the Noah's Ark story.
Alvera
A fascinating re-telling of the familiar Noah's Ark story from several points of view of animals and people, but most notably Timna, Noah's unnamed daughter. McCaughrean has truly found a way to make a familiar story fresh and to provoke thoughts and feelings about what it might have been like aboard the giant ship.

"God wept, and his tears have drowned the world. But first he reached out and plucked me and my family to safety. So why can't I lift up my heart in praise? I must be so ungrateful, s
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Vickie Ramage
This sounds like a really cute story right? Simple little book, no more than 200 pages, perfect for a lazy afternoon with you grab a giant bag of cheese puffs and try and keep the cheese dust away from the pages. Well... I'd put the cheese puffs down because if you eat while reading this book, you're going to have to explain the cheese coloured vomit on your book.

This book is seriously gross. I was taken aback by it because it won a Children's Award back in 2004, so I really was expecting a cute
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Rosemary
Timna is the teenage daughter of Noah, and she's afloat in the Ark with her parents, brothers, sisters-in-law and a large number of smelly, dirty, noisy and often predatory animals. Noah has heard the voice of God telling him to build the Ark for his own family only, so the sinning neighbours must be driven away from the sides and left to drown.

But Timna finds she can't live with that, and when she has the chance to save a little boy and his baby sister she takes the risk, even though she half-b
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Mitchell
Apparently, the Bible left out loads of detail from the story of Noah. Not the End of the World is not only well written; frankly it was hard to put down. The characters are classic yet each character is given the spotlight. Before reading this book, I did not see the classic story from any character’s perspective or really what the characters were like individually. Above all, I liked the inclusion of the animals in the story. Animals like minks and quexolans, are they from the same place as He ...more
Mrs. Foley
From Follett, "Noah's daughter, daughters-in-law, sons, wife, and the animals describe what it was like to be aboard the ark while they watched everyone around them drown."

Very interesting! Tells what it might have really been like on the Ark...definitely not a very pleasant experience!

Review from Booklist:
Gr. 7-10. Using diverse voices from the ark, McCaughrean offers a story of the voyage that is brutal, physically and mentally, even as some aboard find their humanity. This is not the familiar
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Rain Misoa
Jan 24, 2011 Rain Misoa rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christians
Recommended to Rain by: Picked up
Okay... I had a lot of issues with this book. It wasn't a bad book but neither was it the best I've ever read. I didn't like some of the messages contained in the book then again... I never really do when it comes to religion type books such as these. I was trying to look at it from a out source type of person but... I couldn't.

The characters... well... they all annoyed me. All except Japheth and Zillah. Everyone else... yeah. They got under my skin. But I guess that was just their personalities
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Kelsey Ice
This book follows the story of Noah's Ark. But it is mostly from the view of Timna, a daughter of Noah. The story begins with the rains, and soon the earth floods. But not everyone drowns right away, and her brothers spend their time pushing survivors away tfromhe ship. This really bothers Timna and her younger brother, Japheth, to see. Before they leave the family kidnaps Zilla to be a wife to 12-year-old Japheth, and neither of them are happy about it. So, when they find a young boy and his in ...more
Jennifer
Like many young children, I grew up with the story of Noah and the Ark by heart...the flood, the fuzzy cuddly animals living two by two in the huge expanse of the Ark, the dove and the rainbow and the happily ever after. But what if it wasn't like that? What if Noah had a daughter who didn't necessarily agree with her father's actions?

Most of this book is told by Timna, Noah's daughter, who is quietly cynical about knowing her place in the family ("A daughter is not the same blessing as a son,
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kyliemm
This fabulous semi-fantasy, semi-historical novel is a postcolonial, postmodern retelling of the story of Noah and the Flood from the Bible. The story is told largely from the point of view of Timna, Noah's thirteen-year-old daughter, who doesn't question her father's patriarchal religious authority most of the time, until she starts to wonder if letting all their neighbors drown can really be God's will. While the novel is mostly from Timna's viewpoint, the novel also expresses the animals' vie ...more
Libby Ames
I have very mixed feelings about this book. It is beautifully written and thought provoking, but I am not entirely comfortable with it. McCaughrean presents an interesting and very realistic picture of what Noah and his family might have experienced on their ark. Told mostly through the eyes of a daughter of Noah, the story reveals all the psychological and sociological struggles as well as the natural struggles that come from living on a boat filled with animals and people who don't naturally g ...more
Zen Cho
Noah's ark, from the point of view of the women and children.

I liked this: McCaughrean is a very good writer, and her prose makes quite enjoyable reading, if a bit overdone in parts for me. But I kept getting knocked out of the narrative by things like a man in a lime-green coat -- did they have lime-green coats back in those days? Did they wear coats? How did they get them lime-green?

It is probably silly of me to worry about these details when it's a story about all the animals going two-by-two
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Louise
Life must have been tough on a boat of 500 X 30 cubits carrying Noah's family and two of every species. The author mentions the smell, noise and dung and goes light on the how the people and animals were fed, how the lions and other predators were caged and the host of sanitation issues. She focuses, instead, on Noah's family dynamics.

Noah is a self-righteous patriarch, rivaled in his sense of entitlement by his son, Shem. Noah tells the family that the whole world is wicked and they have been c
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Elizabeth
A very different look at Noah's Ark and the Flood.

It don't know how to give this book a rating. I'm still trying to digest it and figure it out, and I think I will still be trying to comprehend it years from now in the moments I remember it. I don't know what message the author was trying to get across. Maybe she was just trying to get her readers to think. It certainly did that.

It was written in a different style, randomly shifting between people's (an animals) points of view, sometimes backt
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Katrina
Apr 26, 2010 Katrina rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 13-17 Year Old Girls Who wouldn't get Offended By the Topic
Shelves: fantasy, teen, girl-read
I don't know the details of the biblical Noah and the Ark story, so I can't expound upon the "accuracy" of this story. But I liked how it was told in many voices (even some of the animals had a say), the message the book gave, and the take it had on this event. Such as: all the drowning people that were begging for help; all the poop!; the dampness and moldiness of everything; the carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide poisoning; how crazy the sound of rain for 40 days and nights can make a person; ...more
Toni
We all know the story of Noah and the Ark but did you ever wonder what happened on the Ark while Noah and his family were waiting for the flood to subside? This novel may give a view you hadn't thought about. Timna, Noah's daughter, narratesthe story of what happened after the rain started. Some of the animals and other occupants of the Ark also get a word in. Did Noah have a daughter? Could these events have occurred? Maybe, maybe not but it was a book workth reading - comical in some spots but ...more
Jessica Burns
Most of us have heard about Noah and the Great Flood. Well, this book makes you think about it in a whole different light. Mainly told from the perspective of Noah's daughter, we find ourselves aboard a huge, smelly, drifting ship. You are there as drowning people are pushed away from the boat and left to fend for themselves. You are there as two young strangers are stowed away. You are there as one by one the passengers on the ark start to slip into madness. So many things I had never thought a ...more
Abigailann (Abigail)

This retelling of the Noah's Ark story is incredibly thought-provoking. Graphic, tearful moments are combined with theological questions. The perspective is a little girl's most of the time, but then switches to that of other characters to reveal a deeper insight to what is going on. Each has a different outlook on events, and a personality that will shape them. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to delve deeper into the events in the bible, or just wants a good children's dystopian-style
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Christina
I really liked the idea of this book (the story of Noah and his family on board the Ark during the Flood). It tells the story from several different character perspectives, including some of the animals. However at times it was sacrilegious, which really bothered me. I didn't read it for a few days because the plot line drags on a bit (after all, they are on a boat almost the entire length of the book). Overall, I'm glad I read this book but I'm not sure it's one I would read again.
Heather
An original, interesting re-telling of the Noah's Ark story. The story is told by Noah's daughter, daughters-in-law and the animals on the ark. It's a gritty, desperate story of disaster and survival that doesn't gloss over the uglier aspects of life on a big boat crammed to the rafters with people and animals for an extended period of time.

I couldn't put this one down!
kelly
wish i had 3.5 stars - The victors write the history and nowhere is that more apparent that in the Old Testament. What if Noah had a daughter, and what if that daughter thought that maybe, just maybe Noah or God had it wrong? Well-written and accessible to those beginning to question the hows and whys of authority.

Ginger
While I appreciated the book by the ending, I had difficulty with the structure of the entry. Multiple POVs were distracting for me, particularly because we never return to many of the POVs again: they're a one-shot character blip, a cheap way of showing character. A better way exists; it just requires more work.
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Geraldine McCaughrean was born in 1951 and brought up in North London. She studied at Christ Church College of Education, Canterbury and worked in a London publishing house for 10 years before becoming a full-time writer in 1988. She has written over 120 books, 50 short plays for schools, and a radio play.

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