The White Mountains (Mass Market Paperback)

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As a 10 year old boy, it was hard to get me to focus on anything for
long... let alone a book. There were forests to explore and lakes that
must be jumped into, but one series that got my undivided attention was
the Tripod Trilogy from John Christopher. The first book in the series,
White Mountains, begins in a small English village. The rich
descriptions give you the feeling that the book is set in the late
1700's, but gradually, little clues indicate that this is not a tale
from our past but from a time yet to come. We learn that all of the
children in this society have a cap placed on their heads at a certain
age by mysterious towering tripods during a ceremony that is considered a
passage into adulthood. We also learn that sometimes these "caps" fail
and it turn the child into a "vagrant." When a few young boys decide
they'd rather live as they are and not be "capped" they are forced to
flee their tranquil town and begin a journey that will only end when the
mystery of the Tripods is fully revealed. This is a wonderful and
adventurous trilogy of books that is perfect for boys 7-11.

— Matt


Long Ago, The Tripods -- huge, three-legged machines -- descended upon Earth and took control. People no longer understand automation nor machines, and unquestioningly accept the Tripods' power.

But for a time in each person's life -- in childhood -- he is not a slave. Will still has time to escape.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780020427117
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: October 30th, 1988
Pages: 192

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