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The White Mountains

New York : Macmillan, [1967]
Physical Description:
184 pages ; 21 cm
Number in series:
General Note:
Sequel to: When the tripods came.

Sequel: The city of gold and lead.
Young Will Parker and his companions make a perilous journey toward an outpost of freedom where they hope to escape from the ruling Tripods, who capture mature human beings and make them docile, obedient servants.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader MG 6.2 7.0 397.


Call Number
Christopher, J.
Christopher, J.

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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.

Author Notes

Christopher Samuel Youd was born on April 16, 1922, in Knowsley, Lancashire, England. He entered the Royal Signals corps during World War II. He published a dozen novels while working at an office job in London, writing in the evenings and on weekends. The success of a 1956 novel, The Death of Grass (titled No Blade of Grass in the United States), allowed him to become a full-time author. He wrote under the following pen names: Stanley Winchester, Hilary Ford, William Godfrey, William Vine, Peter Graaf, Peter Nichols and Anthony Rye. Under the pen name John Christopher, he wrote the Tripods trilogy, The Sword of the Spirits trilogy, and The Fireball trilogy. He died from complications of bladder cancer on February 3, 2012 at the age of 89.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Publisher's Weekly Review

Now in 35th-anniversary editions, John Christopher's Tripod trilogy, about a race of three-legged machines who rule the planet, appears with a new introduction from the author and revised texts. The White Mountains introduces 13-year-old Will as he flees the capping ceremony, a rite of passage in which the Tripods enslave their subjects by fitting them with metal headgear, and heads to Switzerland's White Mountains in search of the world's only remaining community of free people. The follow-up, The City of Gold and Lead, finds Will and friends living in Switzerland and training to overthrow the Tripods. But he must travel to the City of the Tripods, from which few return, to acquire vital information. In the final installment, The Pool of Fire, Will and friends fight against time to defend the human race from extinction, the end result of the Tripods' scheme. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Horn Book Review

These remarkable science fiction novels raise questions about society and free will that are as intriguing as ever. Although the books have never been out of print, revised editions that were published in England in 1995 were not published in the U.S. These thirty-fifth anniversary editions contain the revised texts and informative introductions that Christopher wrote for each volume. [Review covers these Tripods titles: [cf2]The City of Gold and Lead, The Pool of Fire,[cf1] and [cf2]The White Mountains[cf1].] From HORN BOOK Fall 2003, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Booklist Review

Three boys, in a futuristic world, determine to avoid the "capping" ceremony performed by the Tripods, who control their destinies.