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Is middle school drama scarier than an asteroid heading for Earth? Find out in this smart and funny novel by the author of The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl.

Every day in middle school can feel like the end of the world.

Eleanor Dross knows a thing or two about the end of the world, thanks to a survivalist grandfather who stockpiles freeze-dried food and supplies--just i
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Hardcover, 368 pages
Published September 3rd 2019 by Random House Books for Young Readers
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Laura Gardner
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to @mrsoslibrary for sharing this ARC with #kidlitexchange! The World Ends In April by @stacymcanulty comes out 9/3/19!
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I loved Miscalculations of Lightning Girl so SO much so I knew I would read anything @stacymcanulty wrote. This one isn't quite as good (4⭐), but it's still wonderful. Elle, Mack and Londyn are quirky, lovable and fully human just like Lucy, Windy and Levi. The way Elle and Londyn especially almost wish an asteroid would end the world as they know it is in turns heartb
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Michele
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
But what if it doesn't? Even if the asteroid doesn't end the world as we know it, many things will never be the same for Eleanor. I think this book would be a great read-aloud. While teachers wouldn't want to encourage all of Eleanor's behaviors, she does have to face the consequences of her actions. Tons of STEM elements are explored as well as a discussion on the reliability of information sources. When Eleanor believes the asteroid is going to hit the Earth, she doesn't sit back and worry wit ...more
Ms. Yingling
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Eleanor Dross is not having a successful middle school experience. Aside from her best friend, Mack, she has few people with whom she connects, and once she tries to dye and cut her own hair, she gets a lot of negative comments from her peers that make her even more anxious about everything. Londyn, who was somewhat friendly in elementary school, is downright scary now, and throws a ball in Eleanor's face in gym class. When Eleanor finds out that an asteroid is headed
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Amber Webb
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
April is coming. Are you prepped and ready for TEOTWAWKI? Eleanor and Mack have been friends for forever, but it seems like things are changing just a bit and now the end of the world is coming! Prepping for the end, making new friends, learning about yourself and those around you; middle school is tough!
The story was entertaining and a fun read. What I love about McAnulty’s middle grade books is the characters. She writes about middle school kids that are often on the outskirts and who have th
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Susan
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: j-fic
Tale about an anxious kid who preps for the end of the world. Her relationships with family and friends felt fleshed out and believable, and the characters were interesting. Nice parallel between preferring the the end of the world as we know it to a best friend leaving. The plot dragged a bit in the middle, and I could have done without some of the drama between Eleanor and her new goth friend.
Violet Sinclair
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, contemporary
DISCLAIMER: I received a digital review copy of THE WORLD ENDS IN APRIL via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

3.5 stars

I was quite excited to read this when I found out it was coming out. The premise seemed interesting, and given that I like McAnulty’s other middle-grade contemporary, THE MISCALCULATIONS OF LIGHTNING GIRL, I was sure I was going to love this one as well.

Granted, this book did seem to drag during the middle portion, but overall, it was a great story with great writing a
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Lesley
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
“We’re stuck in the world as we know it.” (311)
And the world as Eleanor Dross knows it is not a happy world, especially middle school. “I follow my team to our court. My plan is to stay out of the way and not draw attention to myself. This is always my plan when it comes to sports or any class participation. I’m basically an armadillo during school hours. If you don’t move, you become invisible.” (22-23)

Middle-school student Elle lives with her father and two younger brothers. She has only one
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Lizz Axnick
I LOVED The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl. I recommended it to many people. I was so excited to get my hands on this book. I will say this, Stacy McAnulty is a great writer. She creates great settings and wonderful, relatable characters.

My problem with this book, which McAnulty goes so far even to mention, is reliable sources. Eleanor Dross finds this website, takes the guy kind of at face value and starts preparing for the end of the world. It helps (or adds to her paranoia) that her grand
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Lizz Axnick
I LOVED The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl. I recommended it to many people. I was so excited to get my hands on this book. I will say this, Stacy McAnulty is a great writer. She creates great settings and wonderful, relatable characters.

My problem with this book, which McAnulty goes so far even to mention, is reliable sources. Eleanor Dross finds this website, takes the guy kind of at face value and starts preparing for the end of the world. It helps (or adds to her paranoia) that her grand
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Andrea
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The World Ends in April by Stacy McAnulty was such an unconventional premise, but it worked really well. Eleanor is a middle schooler, but she learns the end of the world is coming. She is first familiar with "prepping" because her grandpa is all about that life. Doing her own research she realizes that a Harvard professor has predicted an asteroid is going to hit early, and it will have deadly consequences. Eleanor tells her f
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Angie
Eleanor isn't really into her grandpa's prepper activities. She doesn't enjoy keeping a bugout bag or any of grandpa's little test runs. Then she reads that an asteroid is going to hit earth in the spring. Suddenly it is The End of the World As We Know It and she wants to be prepared. She starts reading everything she can find from the Harvard professor who has predicted the asteroid strike. She even convinces her friend Mack to start a survivalist club at school. Then she and Londyn start a new ...more
Alexa Hamilton
Jul 17, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tween
Eleanor's grandfather is a prepper, so of course, she thinks about the end of the world a lot more than other kids. So when she finds a weird website saying that an asteroid will hit earth in April, she latches on to it, creating a club at school around it, convincing her friends that school doesn't matter because the world as we know it is going to end.

She is very convincing, her club goes well, but her father hates this prepper part of her. She gets scared, she scares her brothers. It's all ab
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Jaymie
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I adored the author's first book, so I had to pick this one up. I didn't click with the characters in the same way, but this was fascinating. My heart broke for Elle in the end as she puts herself out of her comfort zone to warn her peers about the coming asteroid, and then deals with the repercussions from there. It took me awhile to catch on to WHY Elle found herself where she did in the end, but once I caught on, it endeared her to me even more. There are some fascinating family dynamics in t ...more
Rebecca
Jul 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a sweet book about friendship and the end of the world. Eleanor is a middle school student who becomes convinced that an asteroid is on a collision course with Earth, which will mean TEOTWAWKI (the end of the world as we know it). Together with her "prepper" grandfather and her best friend Mack, she sets out to ensure that her family and friends are ready to survive. She faces both surprising obstacles (her father does not believe her at all) and surprising support (an enemy at school wh ...more
Lori
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great storyline, and as a read aloud, could open the door to so many discussions. Likely we all have an Eleanor in our classrooms. And that’s a good thing.

This is a story about family, friendship, figuring it all out: set with a focus on prepping for an asteroid as a diversion that helps Eleanor, Mack and Londyn, and the Nature Club get through another year of middle school.

(Only struggle in my ARC was reference on pg 177: putting Londyn’s bike in the “trunk of the minivan.” No such thing in a m
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Tory
*see-saw hand gesture* While the plot was a bit lacking for me, I LOVED the representation of her blind friend Mack, and all the great explanation that went along with him. I learned a lot about the various levels of blindness in a very gentle way! The plot felt a little stretched out and thin at times. I kind of needed a fast-forward button. But I liked that she wasn't free from the consequences of her actions (whether they were good-intentioned or not) and the cover is excellent. I won't stock ...more
Amanda
Sep 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the build of the story, and the fact that she insisted her knowledge was true even though other sources discredited it. Good, fiction based "lesson" on managing the constant information available on the internet. I did want to go get a water purifier and some MREs a few times throughout the book :)
Terri M.
This book had me laughing out loud! April and her friends bond over the end of the world, but should they trust everything they read on the internet?

A fun read with excellent lessons with resources to facilitate discussions about preparedness and finding honest sources on the internet.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Jess
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book will be a great addition to any middle school (or upper elementary) library. Such an interesting premise for a middle school story - lots to discuss about credible sources! Highly recommend!
Danielle Wood
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This was a cute MG read. I felt like something was missing, though I’m not sure what it was. I really enjoyed the characters and the “end of the world” plot. I think my kiddos would like it! 4/5 stars for me!
Mr. Salerno
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eleanor learns that an asteroid headed towards Earth will cause TEOTWAWKI (the end of the world as we know it). Is that better or worse than surviving middle school without your best friend?🏫 🌎 ☄ 👨🔬 🕶 💻 ...more
MayorEmma
I received an arc from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book kind of dragged for me... it didn't move very fast and it got a little bit too dramatic in parts. I liked the blind friend though.
Jenny Mock
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review of ARC: I love it when I learn something new and this book taught me quite a bit about preppers. The end-of-the-world makes for an appropriate background for a middle grade novel dealing with the changing nature of friendships. I really appreciate the website evaluation tips.
Lisa D
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! Another great book by this author I love! A great end of world story with great characters and a terrific story , also great book for kids who love science .
Chari
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute
Nitza Campos
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! Fantastic!!!
Chelsea Stringfield
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-ms
Love the honest look at anxiety and middle school friendships.
Brenda Kahn
Loved the voice in this one. Eleanor is such an interesting character as were the people around her.
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Stacy McAnulty is a children’s book author, who used to be a mechanical engineer, who’s also qualified to be a paleontologist (NOT REALLY), a correspondent for The Daily Show (why not), and a Green Bay Packer coach (totally!). She is the 2017 Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Honor Recipient for Excellent Ed, illustrated by Julia Sarcone-Roach. Her other picture books include Earth! My First 4.54 Billion ...more