Not a Drop to Drink: Book summary and reviews of Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

Not a Drop to Drink

By Mindy McGinnis

Not a Drop to Drink
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  • Published in USA  Sep 2013,
    320 pages.
    Age range: Young Adult


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Teenage Lynn has been taught to defend her pond against every threat: 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. But when strangers appear, 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...

New York Times bestselling author Michael Grant says Not a Drop to Drink is a debut "not to be missed." With evocative, spare language and incredible drama, danger, and romance, Mindy McGinnis depicts one girl's journey in a frontierlike world not so different from our own.

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"A high-quality survivalist story for readers who enjoy internal story arcs as well as external dangers." - Kirkus

"The story might appeal to teens who can't get enough of dystopian survival stories, but in a crowded field, this one offers nothing new." - Library Journal

"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. Ages 14–up." - Publishers Weekly

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Mindy McGinnis is an assistant YA librarian who lives in Ohio and cans her own food. She graduated from Otterbein University magna cum laude with a BA in English literature and religion. Mindy has a pond in her backyard but has never shot anyone.

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