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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks (October 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 043985802X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439858021
  • ASIN: B00BV2M55E
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There are only five of them left now. Ellie and her four friends, Lee, Homer, Kevin, and Fi, have reluctantly returned to New Zealand from Australia to lead more guerrilla attacks on the enemy (who invaded their country in the previous book, Tomorrow, When the War Began). The group has staged raids on their captive hometown Wirrawee from the wilderness sanctuary they call Hell, blowing up and burning enemy headquarters and bridges and supply depots, and killing with their bare hands when they must. By the end of the two sequels, The Dead of Night and A Killing Frost, they are strong and resourceful, but tired and soul-sick with the pervasive violence. Two of them have been killed, and one has killed himself in despair. When they were rescued and airlifted to New Zealand, they thought the nightmare was over. But now they have been sent back to Wirrawee to guide a party of adult raiders on a planned sabotage of a strategic airfield. Something goes wrong; the adults never come back from the raid, and Ellie and her friends are again left on their own to do what they can--and must--to survive.

Like John Marsden's other books, this story is immersed in darkness and dread. It's packed with almost unbearable suspense and breathtaking action, as the personalities and relationships of these decent country kids are eroded by the imperative for violence. Marsden fans will elbow each other aside for a copy of this one, and will look forward to the three new installments on the way. (Ages 12 and older) --Patty Campbell --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From School Library Journal

Grade 8 Up-The fourth volume of Marsden's saga of teenage survival and defense of their homeland during war continues the tale at its customary breakneck pace. In the previous books, Ellie and her continually dwindling troop of friends arrived home from a week's camping in the bush to discover that their small town-and, seemingly, all of Australia-has been overtaken by an unnamed enemy army. This latest volume takes up the tale as Ellie and her four remaining buddies leave the safety of New Zealand to return to their old campsite, planning to infiltrate the enemy-held town of Wirrawee under the protection of New Zealand soldiers. The soldiers soon disappear, however, leaving the teens once again on their own. In this middle book of the tale-which runs to seven titles in Australia-the teens learn the fates of their families and manage to survive without further losses. There are hair-raising adventures aplenty, including a break-in at the general store that goes awry, as well as Ellie's unintentional mortal dispatch of an enemy officer. As with previous titles, the ending leaves readers hanging in wait for the succeeding books. The adventures here are finely wrought and enough new background detail is supplied to keep loyal followers of the series engaged in the characters' development. However, this isn't a story to approach midstream. It needs to be read from the beginning, and teens will want to continue once they have done that, for Marsden's style is as surefooted as his independent band of teens.
Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley Public Library, CA
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 6, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I have just completed the final book in the series, book seven: 'The Other Side of Dawn' and I have to say that it was every bit as good as the other six, although I think some readers might be a little disconcerted by the ending. 'Darkness Be My Friend' may lack the action and romance of the other books, but I think that Marsden was more interested in portraying some of the mental distruction of war and violence. Fighting battles can not be all about winning, not every plan can succeed and people pay for it both physically and psychologically, but if they're strong enough they can overcome it, and go on to fight some even more spectacular battles. I personally really apreciated this book, because I wouldn't have found the series as believial if it was all about death, destruction and win, win, win. Life is simply not like that.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 5, 2000
Format: Hardcover
These books are incredible. There are not words to describe exactly how incredible. When you read these books, you get so swept up in them, so caught up in the realness of the emotion and the experiance and the characters, that you can't break loose - you are so completely caught up that you must, must must without a doubt read on till the end, unstopping. And then you've got to run to the bookstore and get the next one or go mad trying. These books affect you emotionally - they are powerful beyond logic. For example. When I finished the third book, I sat, clutching the book so hard my fingers turned white, for almost half an hour. Then I started to cry. I was in shock the entire weekend. This is one of the rare series that affects you mind and soul. Read it, if you want a powerful read, and incredible read beyond words. You will never, ever forget it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 2, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Don't you get tired of when there is just NOTHING to read?-well here is the ultimate answer: From when you start this book untill you finish it, you will never get tired... of course it would be better to read all the other books of the series before reading this one-but you know, if you MUST(you must!) I was eleven when i first read this book and i still enjoy it till this day forth. YOU MUST GET THIS BOOK!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 31, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is the fourth of seven books in the famous Tomorrow series, i am from Australia where the whole series is out, this book lacks action but was needed it is what life's all about, you can't win all the time and this book shows that john marsden can acknowledge this and not make the series into a hollywood movie style fairytale where everything ends up good and everyone does everything right, life's not as good as all that. The next three: Burning for revenge, The night is for hunting and The Other Side of Dawn are heaps better, and i have read them, you'll have to wait a while to read them in the USA and other countries but it's worth the wait!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 2, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I love this book, and the whole series. I had read the other three pretty quickly, however, for some strange reason, I was hesitant to read this one. Took me a few months to pick it up. I start this book about 5 days ago, and finished it last night at 1:30 am! I read 130 pages that night! I just couldn't stop! It was so great and I can't wait to read the last three. John Marsden is such a genius in his writing. Though this book didn't have as much action as the previous ones, it was still very fulfilling and worth my time. I bet the next three will be the best!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "debsc111" on August 17, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book is an essential part of a great series. From reviews the series can look really 'bad' with too much action, but once you get past the back cover and onto the reading, no one i know has been able to put it down - and that goes for the whole series. Once you have read the first book, everyone just wants to read them all. If you are reading the reviews after having read the first books, what are you doing? Just order the rest of the series and devour them. I have read all the books through at least 5 times in 2 years, all my friends have read them too. One bit of advice: buy the hardback version so that the spine doesn't bend so much from use that you can't read the titles! These are all great books, with 'realistic' storylines - because whp knows what would/could really happen? These books are so good i phoned my cousin in Oz to make sure it wasn't real. When you read any one of these, you feel like you're sitting on Ellie's shoulder, and that you are feeling and experiencing every feeling (physical and mental) with her. Everytime you read these books, the feelings will get stronger and harsher as you feel like you actually know the characters; if you haven't cried at least twice by the end of the series, what's wrong with you? Everyone should read these, and then think about how you would feel if someone invaded and occupied your home, destroyed your life and hurt you irreparably. War will never seem the same again, it may be necessary but it will always seem evil. We've just seen Iraq being invaded, in order to get rid of Sadaam right? Well when you watch the news and there are people in the background, imagine yourself as one of them. Bombs falling around your ears, people you can't understand shouting and waving guns at you, and expecting you to understand and change every thought and feeling you have been brought up to have. That's what happens to Ellie. Just think about it as real and then i dare you not to feel the pain with her.
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