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Ten-year-old Lisa has lived through a devastating plague that has killed her parents, as well as all of the adults in the world. She and Todd, her younger brother, must compete for survival with roaming, lawless gangs in suburban Chicago. Can Lisa and Todd organize the other kids in their neighborhood to rebuild a new way of life?
A killing virus has swept the earth, sparing only children through the age of twelve. There is chaos everywhere, even in formerly prosperous mid-America. Gangs and fierce armies of children begin to form almost immediately. It would be the same for the children on Grand Avenue but for Lisa, a ten-year-old girl who becomes their leader. Because of Lisa, they have food, even toys, in abundance. And now they can protect themselves from the fierce gangs that roam the neighborhoods. But for how long? Then Lisa conceives the idea of a fortress, a city in which the children could live safely and happily always, and she intends to lead them there.
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