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McMann, Lisa.
New York : Aladdin, 2011
IL 3-6, RL 3.7
ISBN 1442407689

2 booktalks
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Booktalk #1

 Wanted…Necessary…Unwanted… The annual Day of the Purge has arrived, the day when all the 13-year-olds of Quill will learn their ultimate fate. Identical twins Alex and Aaron have grown up together in this harsh, colorless, totalitarian society where creativity and emotion are forbidden, and strength and conformity are given highest honor. Motto: “Quill Prevails When the Strong Survive!”

Aaron is labeled a Wanted, and sets out to begin his career in the military. Artistic Aaron, however, is deemed Unwanted, and is put on the bus to the Death Farm, to be burned in the Lake of Boiling -Oil. But a stunning and magical surprise awaits him when he enters the gates… Along with newfound joy and peace come many dangers, however. A gripping journey into dystopia! (Booktalk written by Luci Albertson- GSF Committee/Bedford Public Library)

Booktalk #2

The Unwanteds is like The Giver meeting Harry Potter. Thirteen years-olds in Quill are assigned a category on Purge Day. The Wanteds go on to the University, The Necessarys do the farming and other necessary jobs and those who are creative are the Unwanteds and sent to be purged at the Death Farm. Once they get to the Death Farm they discover Mr. Today who helps them learn magic and prepares them to fight the Quillians, if necessary. This fantasy, adventure is for those who are dystopian fans. (Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award nominee, 2014)

SUBJECTS:     Creative ability -- Fiction.
                        Magic -- Fiction.
                        Brothers -- Fiction.
                        Twins -- Fiction.

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