The Girl Who Owned A City, O.T. Nelson
Perfect for a Rainy Day Because: you can read the whole thing in a few hours, so it’s perfect for a passing storm.
Plot: Set in the 1970’s, (as in: “What’s a cell phone?”) an awful plague takes the lives of everyone over the age of 12, leaving kids and preteens to fend for themselves. 12 year-old Lisa Nelson, the resourceful heroine, tries to protect her little bro while finding food and safety. This book is old school—it beat many of today’s post-apocalyptic tales to the punch—and while it reads a bit hokey at times, Girl is unique, enthralling, and Lisa Nelson is one of the original butt-kicking young ladies.