The Girl Who Owned a City
O. T. Nelson
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A deadly plague has devastated Earth, killing all the adults. Lisa and her younger brother Todd are struggling to stay alive in a world where no one is safe. Other children along Grand Avenue need help as well. They band together to find food, shelter, and protection from dangerous gangs invading their neighborhood.
When Tom Logan and his army start making threats, Lisa comes up with a plan and leads her group to a safer place. But how far is she willing to go to protect what's hers?
window and paused. How neatly the papers were arranged on it! She couldn’t resist the temptation to discover something about the people who had lived in the house. When she sat down at the desk, she suddenly felt very tired. She glanced again at the futon. If only I were Goldilocks, she thought, laughing at herself. Then I could have a bowl of warm porridge and take a nap. But there was no time for resting. Most of the letters on the desk were about business. As nearly as she could figure out,
show us how? Books can’t teach us that. Forget about it, Lisa. We’re just kids.” How could she answer? He was probably right, but would they have to live like the people in olden times, working all day in the fields? Or, even worse, would they end up like those children in really poor places, begging, stealing, and having no time for fun? Would they grow old and tired while the jets on the runway rusted away? “Craig, I know it sounds crazy, but I think we can do it. We can make things work
run through their heads for hours. Lisa ended the evening with a special announcement: “Let’s declare that tomorrow will be the first holiday in Grandville. Sleep late if you like, but let’s meet by the lake at noon.” They roared approval and sang their new song all the way to their doors. CHAPTER NINE T he melody still ran through Lisa’s head as she climbed into bed next to Todd. “You were a brave guy, Toddy-boy. Will you come with me tomorrow night to the Secret Place? I need your help.
So she waited and thought. Lisa became more and more interested in Jill’s children. They liked Jill for her kindness. And she really was kind to them. Still, there was something wrong, something that was troubling them. They didn’t play as they had in the old days. Instead they wandered about and whined for attention or treats. They wanted to feel useful. Lisa could sense it by the way they smiled whenever they had a new idea. “Jill, let’s make a garden,” one of them had said. “The flowers will
The other people of the town were very poor, and they didn’t have much time to help the two orphans out, so the boy and girl had to take care of themselves. The town hadn’t always been poor. There used to be a big factory where the men and women worked. But the owner of the factory died, and no one wanted to keep it going anymore. Many people moved away, but a few families stayed. They got poorer and poorer, but they stayed. The father of the boy and girl had held a good job in the factory. It