Middle school students have reading interests that run the gamut from Diary of a Wimpy Kid to Twilight. Sometimes as a parent it is hard to know what is age appropriate for your child. Through this blog, I will try to help parents make informed decisions about what is available in our library. I am hoping that this blog will be a resource for our parents, and that we can all work together to make our students life-long readers!

Saturday, November 3, 2012


by Caragh M. O'Brien
From Goodreads:
"In the future, in a world baked dry by the harsh sun, there are those who live inside the walled Enclave and those, like sixteen-year-old Gaia Stone, who live outside. Following in her mother’s footsteps Gaia has become a midwife, delivering babies in the world outside the wall and handing a quota over to be "advanced" into the privileged society of the Enclave. Gaia has always believed this is her duty, until the night her mother and father are arrested by the very people they so loyally serve.
Now Gaia is forced to question everything she has been taught, but her choice is simple: enter the world of the Enclave to rescue her parents, or die trying.
A stunning adventure brought to life by a memorable heroine, this dystopian debut will have readers racing all the way to the dramatic finish."

This is the first book in a trilogy and was a very enjoyable dystopian novel.  The plot was very original, and the main character was inspiring, loyal and brave.   It was at times heartbreaking, nail-biting, and inspiring.

There is no bad language in this novel.  Themes that might be of concern are childbirth and intense action/escape sequences.

Suggested ages:
Publishers Weekly - Ages 12 +
School Library Journal - Grades 7 +

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