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Darkness Be My Friend: Library Edition

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Ellie and her friends had been rescued. Airlifted out of their own country to the safe haven of New Zealand, they'd arrived burnt and injured and shocked, with broken bones, and scars inside and out. They did not want to go back. But five months later the war is not over, the nightmares continue, and there are two compelling reasons for them to return: a planned sabotage of the air base in Wirrawee and, most important, the families they left behind. In this most recent episode of the tale begun in Tomorrow, When the War Began and continued in The Dead of Night and A Killing Frost, John Marsden takes us back to Hell, the outpost for a group of teens in a war-ravaged country. "Fans of this powerful series will not look forward to an early armistice." (The Bulletin)

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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

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Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 6.72" Width: 6.59" Height: 1.12"
Weight:   0.41 lbs.
Binding  MP3 CD
Release Date   Mar 30, 2008
Publisher   Bolinda Publishing
ISBN  1921334916  
ISBN13  9781921334917  

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the tomorrow series  Mar 20, 2008
John Marsden once again, writes one of the best. this book shows even more struggles for the teens. they are sent right into the battlezone, by the people who were supposed to protect them. they suffer even more emotions, and losses.
A interesting change of pace  Feb 20, 2008
It was nice to see that Ellie and her friends were able to get some down-time and for them to take a step back and see how the war had changed them all on profound levels. War is always difficult, and it comes across as that much more detrimental when your heart just isn't in it. While there weren't the massive explosions in this book as seen in the first three, this was still a heart pounding account of survival.
Devoured It!  Oct 19, 2005
Huh? I don't understand some of the negative reviews. I've been reading this series in order and I think this book is as good as the rest. I would have read it in one sitting if I didn't have to get up to go to work the next day. I'm not a fast reader either, but I finished it in record time. There's plenty of action and lots of tension, so you won't be bored. I can't wait to get my hands on the next book in this series.
If you DON'T like Sad Endings--DON'T READ THIS!!!  Jul 31, 2004
This book is OKAY, I mean, Book I and Book II are the BEST books in the Tomorrow Series.
Anyway, I thought this book was rather boring and it didn't have as near as much good stuff in it that the first three had. When, I finished this book, I was greatly dissapointed because I HATE books with sad endings. It just tears my heart away.
This is the last book I read in the series because it got SO boring when I got half way through the 5th book. And, I hate the way the series ends (I took a sneak peak in the last book and found out what happened--lol). So therefore, I advise you, if you DO NOT like books with sad endings, don't read this!!!
John Marsden be my friend  Dec 14, 2003
Although not as action-packed and satisfying as the previous books in the series, Darkness Be My Friend stands out as one of the best. It would be a mistake to say the book is slow, however-there are still several suspensful scenes of action. This book may let readers down by lacking a huge, explosive victory from our protagonists, but this serves to make the series even more realistic. Darkness Be My Friend also contains what is surely the saddest scene in the entire series. This is a must-read, of course, for anyone who enjoyed the previous books.

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