Welcome to Stories Come to Life. I am your host, Kathryn Lopez Luker. During this time of Covid, many people aren’t able to use the library in the same way as in the past. To help bring more stories to more readers, the publishing companies of Penguin Random House, Simon and Schuster, and MacMillan Publishers are allowing books that are normally unavailable for copyright reasons to be read out loud and shared with others until September 30, 2021. The stories that fall under that special permission will all be taken down on that date, so listen now, while they’re available! Today’s story is shared with permission of MacMillan publishing company.
Here are the last two chapters of The White Mountains: We Fight a Battle, and The White Mountains. While Will is resting after he and Henry and Beanpole have tried, futilely, to lose the Tripod that is somehow following them, Henry notices a strange metal button embedded in Will’s skin. It is some kind of a tracking device! That explains how the boys were never able to escape from the Tripods. But even though the boys have four grenades that Beanpole saved from the Great-City metro, these weapons seem useless against the terrible invaders. What can the boys do to escape and cover the last distance to their goal, where people live free with hope for the future?
To find out, sit back, relax, and listen to this story come to life.