Birthmarked

By: Caragh M. Oâ??Brien

Sixteen-year-old Gaia Stone and her mother faithfully deliver their quota of three infants every month to the Enclave. But when Gaia's mother is taken away by the very people she serves, Gaia must question whether the Enclave deserves such loyalty.

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ISBN: 9781596435698

JLG Release: Jun 2010


Sensitive Areas: Mild language, Discrimination,
Topics: Class division , Genetics , Science fiction , Pregnancy and childbirth , Adoption , Code-breaking

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Awards & Honors

2011 Amelia Bloomer List, Fiction, Young Adult; 2011 ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist, The Horn Book Guide, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

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As apprentice to her midwife mother, Gaia is expected to "advance" a quota of babies for adoption into the Enclave. When her parents are taken for questioning about the adoptions, Gaia and a rebel soldier challenge the Enclave's authority. With high tension and higher stakes, this dystopian thriller projects a bleak future, but one in which individ As apprentice to her midwife mother, Gaia is expected to "advance" a quota of babies for adoption into the Enclave. When her parents are taken for questioning about the adoptions, Gaia and a rebel soldier challenge the Enclave's authority. With high tension and higher stakes, this dystopian thriller projects a bleak future, but one in which individual choices do have great power.

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• From its first page, Birthmarked will have readers hooked. A memorable premise and strong writing will keep them flying through the pages.
• As the novel progresses, Gaia is forced to make increasingly complicated moral choices—choices that will affect the lives of everyone she knows.
• Gaia also must crack a secret

• From its first page, Birthmarked will have readers hooked. A memorable premise and strong writing will keep them flying through the pages.
• As the novel progresses, Gaia is forced to make increasingly complicated moral choices—choices that will affect the lives of everyone she knows.
• Gaia also must crack a secret code, created by her father and handed down to her by her mother. Puzzle lovers will enjoy the challenge of solving it along with her.
• Fascinating discussions of DNA, genetics, and disease set Birthmarked apart from other dystopian fare.
• An intense love story—and a game-changing plot twist late in the book—will have readers impatiently awaiting the planned sequel.

Book Details

ISBN

9781596435698

First Release

June 2010

Genre

Dystopian fiction.

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

5 1/2" x 8 1/4"

Page Count

368

Accelerated Reader

Level 5.4; Points: 16;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 6.3; Points: 24;

Lexile

Level HL800L

Format

Print Book

Edition

-

Publisher

Roaring Brook

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Mild language, Discrimination,

Topics

Class division, Genetics, Science fiction, Pregnancy and childbirth, Adoption, Code-breaking,

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