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Ms. Caldwell

Media Specialist


Companion Titles by Lois Lowry


Gathering Blue


Kira, an orphan with a twisted leg, lives in a world where the weak are cast
aside. She fears for her future until she is spared by the all
-
powerful Council of
Guardians. Kira is a gifted weaver and is given a task that no other community
member can do. While her talent keeps her alive and brings certain privileges,
Kira soon realizes she is surrounded by many mysteries and secrets. No one
must know of her plans to uncover the truth about her world and see what
places exist beyond.





Messenger


For the past six years, Matty has lived in Village and flourished under the
guidance of Seer, a blind man, known for his special sight. Village was a place
that welcomed newcomers, but something sinister has seeped into Village and
the people have voted to close it to outsiders. Matty has been invaluable as a
messenger. Now he must make one last journey through the treacherous
forest with his only weapon, a power he unexpectedly discovers within
himself.







The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm

By Nancy Farmer




‘It is the year 2194 in Harare, Zimbabwe. When the three over
-
protected
children of General Amadeus
Matsika

are kidnapped, they learn that their
country is a land of contrasts. Wealthy people live in homes staffed by
robots and protected by automatic Dobermans, while the poor live in a
neighborhood known as The Cow's Guts, mining for plastic within the
tunnels of Dead Man's
Vlei

(a toxic waste dump).
Resthaven

is an enclave
for people who cling to the ancient traditions, beliefs, and customs of the
Shona

tribe, but the nearby
MacIlwaine

Hotel is a mile
-
high vertical city of
apartments, schools, clinics, and supermarkets. As the children journey
from one predicament to another, three unlikely detectives from an
agency known as The Ear, the Eye and the Arm attempt to rescue them.
Narrator George
Guidall

does a brilliant job of conveying the complex
natures of a wide range of characters. Without resorting to vocal
stereotypes, he portrays military generals, adolescent girls, gang thugs, fey
tutors, ancient spirit mediums and small boys with equal skill.

Truesight


by David
Stahler
, Jr.


On a frontier world is a colony called
Harmony. Like everyone who lives there, Jacob
is blind. In his debut novel, David
Stahler

Jr.
vividly imagines a future where genetic
engineering has taken a startling turn. On a
distant planet, in a utopian community of the
blind, one remarkable young man will discover
just how much there is to see
--

if only he is
willing to look.

The Secret Under My Skin

by Janet McNaughton


In the year 2368, humankind must struggle to
survive under dire environmental conditions
and strict government control. In this startling
world, one brave young woman begins to
unravel a web of lies about life on Earth that
will empower her to discover, at last, who she
really is. McNaughton vividly imagines an all
-
too
-
believable future and celebrates the
impact that one person can make on the
world.

The Scorch Trials

by James
Dashner


Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end. No more puzzles. No more
variables. And no more running. Thomas was sure that escape meant he
and the
Gladers

would get their lives back. But no one really knew what
sort of life they were going back to. In the Maze, life was easy. They had
food, and shelter, and safety . . . until Teresa triggered the end. In the
world outside the Maze, however, the end was triggered long ago. Burned
by sun flares and baked by a new, brutal climate, the earth is a wasteland.
Government has disintegrated
--
and with it, order
--
and now Cranks,
people covered in festering wounds and driven to murderous insanity by
the infectious disease known as the Flare, roam the crumbling cities
hunting for their next victim . . . and meal. The
Gladers

are far from
finished with running. Instead of freedom, they find themselves faced with
another trial. They must cross the Scorch, the most burned
-
out section of
the world, and arrive at a safe haven in two weeks. And WICKED has made
sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them. Thomas can
only wonder
--
does he hold the secret of freedom somewhere in his mind?
Or will he forever be at the mercy of WICKED?

The Maze Runner

by James
Dashner




When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can
remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he's not
alone. When the lift's doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded
by kids who welcome him to the Glade
--
a large, open expanse
surrounded by stone walls. Just like Thomas, the
Gladers

don't
know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every
morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have
opened. Every night they've closed tight. And every 30 days a new
boy has been delivered in the lift. Thomas was expected. But the
next day, a girl is sent up
--
the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade.
And more surprising yet is the message she delivers. Thomas might
be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could
unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind.

Series by Margaret Peterson Haddix


The Missing Series
:


Found

(#1)



Sent
(#
2
)



Sabotaged

(#3
),



Torn

(#4)


Caught
(#
5
)

Twelve
-
year
-
old Jonah has always known that he was
adopted, and he has never thought it was a big
deal. Then he and a neighbor/friend, Chip, who
finds out he is also adopted, begin receiving
mysterious letters, saying things such as "You are
one of the missing" and "Beware! They're coming
back to get you". Jonah, Chip, and Jonah's younger
sister, Katherine, are plunged into a mystery that
involves the FBI, a vast smuggling operation, an
airplane that appeared out of nowhere

and
people who seem to disappear and reappear at
will... The kids discover they are caught in a battle
between two opposing forces that want very
different things for Jonah and Chip's lives. Over
course of tragic and exhilarating times the trio
uncover answers to their darkest questions




The Shadow Children Series


Among the Hidden



Among the Impostors



Among the Betrayed,


Among the Barons


Among the Brave


Among the Enemy



Among the Free



A dystopian country which suffers
food shortages

due to a drought
[1]

and the effects of the
government's totalitarian attempts to control
resources as a way to solidify its power.
[2]

The
Population Police enforce the government's
Population Law, killing or imprisoning "shadow
children," any third, fourth, fifth, etc. child.

Feed

by M. T. Anderson


Identity crises, consumerism, and star
-
crossed teenage
love in a futuristic society where people connect to the
Internet via feeds implanted in their brains. For Titus
and his friends, it started out like any ordinary trip to
the moon
-

a chance to party during spring break and
play with some stupid low
-
grav

at the Ricochet Lounge.
But that was before the crazy hacker caused all their
feeds to malfunction, sending them to the hospital to
lie around with nothing inside their heads for days. And
it was before Titus met Violet, a beautiful, brainy
teenage girl who has decided to fight the feed and its
omnipresent ability to categorize human thoughts and
desires

Uglies

Series

by Scott Westerfeld


Uglies


Pretties


Specials


Extras



S
et in a
future

post
-
scarcity

dystopian

world in which everyone is turned
"Pretty" by extreme
cosmetic surgery

upon reaching age 16. It tells the
story of teenager
Tally Youngblood

who rebels against society's enforced
conformity, Written for
young adults
,
Uglies

deals with adolescent themes
of change, both emotional and physical.


Under the surface,
Uglies

speaks of high profile government conspiracies
and the danger of trusting the omnipresent Big Brother. While the
underlying story condemns war and all the side effects thereof, the true
thrust of the story is that individual freedoms are far more important than
the need for uniformity and the elimination of personal will.


Clone Codes
Series

by Patricia, Fredrick, and John
McKissack



In the year 2170 an underground abolitionist
movement fights for the freedom of
cyborgs

and
clones, who are treated no better than slaves



The
Cyborg

Wars are over and Earth has
peacefully prospered for more than one
hundred years. Yet sometimes history must
repeat itself until humanity learns from its
mistakes.

House of the Scorpion

by Nancy Farmer



The House of the Scorpion is a dark, twisted,
but ultimately hopeful story about a young
clone named Matt who grows up in a
dystopian

world under the control of a drug
lord. Oh, and this drug lord happens to be the
man from whom he was cloned. As it turns
out, this guy, called El
Patrón
, cloned our
protagonist so that he might harvest Matt's
organs to keep himself alive later in life.


The Tripods Series

by John Christopher



1
The White Mountains



2
The City of Gold and Lead



3
The Pool of Fire



4
When the Tripods Came



Humanity has been conquered and enslaved by "the tripods", unseen alien entities (later identified
as "
Masters
") who travel about in gigantic three
-
legged walking machines. Human society is largely
pastoral, with few habitations larger than villages, and what little industry exists is conducted under
the watchful presence of the tripods. Lifestyle is reminiscent of the
Middle Ages
, but artifacts from
later ages are still used, giving individuals and homes an anachronistic appearance.


Humans are controlled from the age of 14 by implants called "caps", which suppress curiosity and
creativity and leave the recipient placid and docile, incapable of dissent. People who are capped are
happy to leave home and serve the tripods. The caps cause them to worship the tripods. Some
people, whose minds are broken (instead of successfully being controlled) under the pressure of
the cap's hypnotic power become vagrants, who wander the countryside. One of the books
contains a discussion among Masters that "
We should cap humans sooner, to reduce the risk of
precocious people getting independent
-
minded soon enough to try to evade being Capped, but we
cannot, because we cannot Cap them until their
braincases

have stopped growing.
"


Quantum Prophecy Series

by Michael Carroll


www.quantumprophecy.com
.



Ten years ago all the world's
superhumans

disappeared...


No one knows what happened to them: the
disappearance is one of the greatest mysteries of all
time.


But now two teenage boys discover that they are
developing strange, powerful abilities, and as the
mystery of the
superhumans

begins to unravel, the
boys become the nexus of spiraling events that could
very lead to the destruction of the human race.


Virtual War
Chronologs

by Gloria
Skurzynski


Imagine a life of virtual reality
--

a childhood contained
in a controlled environment, with no human contact.
Corgan

has been genetically engineered for quick
reflexes, high intelligence, and physical superiority. He
is unbeatable in battle. But he lives his life in a lonely
module. What is a real sunset like? Or a friend? When
he meets fellow teens
Sharla

and Brig,
Corgan

begins
to doubt the Federation, whose decisions he has
unquestioningly obeyed. Life outside virtual reality may
be for him. His fourteen years of training are about to
end as the real challenge approaches. But he can't lose
focus now: He must win a virtual war, or the Western
Hemisphere will be lost forever.



Lockdown

by Alexander Gordon Smith


Furnace Penitentiary: the world’s most secure prison for young offenders,
buried a mile beneath the earth’s surface. Convicted of a murder he didn’t
commit, sentenced to life without parole, “new fish” Alex Sawyer knows
he has two choices: find a way out, or resign himself to a death behind
bars, in the darkness at the bottom of the world. Except in Furnace, death
is the least of his worries. Soon Alex discovers that the prison is a place of
pure evil, where inhuman creatures in gas masks stalk the corridors at
night, where giants in black suits drag screaming inmates into the
shadows, where deformed beasts can be heard howling from the blood
-
drenched tunnels below. And behind everything is the mysterious, all
-
powerful warden, a man as cruel and dangerous as the devil himself,
whose unthinkable acts have consequences that stretch far beyond the
walls of the prison.


Together with a bunch of inmates

some innocent kids who have been
framed, others cold
-
blooded killers

Alex plans an escape. But as he starts
to uncover the truth about Furnace’s deeper, darker purpose,

Incarceron

by Catherine Fisher


Imagine a living prison so vast that it contains corridors and forests,
cities and seas. Imagine a prisoner with no memory, who is sure he
came from Outside, even though the prison has been sealed for
centuries and only one man, half real, half legend, has ever
escaped.

Imagine a girl in a manor house in a society where time has been
forbidden, where everyone is held in a seventeenth century world
run by computers, doomed to an arranged marriage that
appals

her,
tangled in an assassination plot she both dreads and desires.

One inside, one outside

But both imprisoned.

Imagine a war that has hollowed the moon, seven
skullrings

that
contain souls, a flying ship and a wall at the world's end.

Imagine the unimaginable.

Imagine
Incarceron
.


Invitation to the Game

by Monica Hughes


A

hard science fiction
dystopian

novel set in 2154,
[1]

a time
when
machines

and
robots

perform most jobs. Because of
this, very few people are employed, with many people
living on a
social welfare

system for support. The
unemployed people have nothing to look forward to,
except various
illicit drugs
. Some have formed gangs, some
are shown to be agitating for political reform (in chapter 5
there is a reference to leaflets printed up), and many are
involved in
organized crime

of some form or another. The
government, possibly the only government in existence at
this point, is shown to have complete control over its
citizens by restricting the unemployed to designated areas
(DAs), and having similar control over the working
-
class.
[2]

The Roar

by Emma Clayton


Mika lives in future London, behind The Wall: Solid
concrete topped with high
-
voltage razor wire and guarded
by a battalion of
Ghengis

Borgs
, it was built to keep out the
animals, because animals carry the plague.


Or so Mika's been told.


But ever since Ellie vanished a year ago, Mika's suspected
his world may be built on secrets
--
and lies. When a
mysterious organization starts recruiting mutant kids to
compete in violent virtual reality games, Mika takes the
chance to search for his twin sister
--
and the truth.



The City of Ember

by Jeanne
DuPrau


Lights shine in the city of Ember

but at the city
limits the light ends, and darkness takes over. Out
there in the Unknown Regions, the darkness goes
on forever in all directions. Ember

so its people
believe

is the only light in the dark world.


And now the lights are going out.


Is there a way to save the people of Ember? No
one knows. But
Lina

Mayfleet

has found a
puzzling document, and
Doon

Harrow has made
discoveries down in the
Pipeworks
. With these
clues, they start their search.


Silver World

by Cliff
McNish


In Book Three of the Silver Sequence, the Roar descends
upon
Coldharbour
, where millions of children huddle in
search of protection. Milo, the silver child, is the first line of
Earth's defense. Under his wings, Helen probes the Roar's
mind with her gift of telepathy, searching for a weakness.
The twins at last free the mysterious Protector from the
ocean floor, while Walter strives to keep everyone alive
while they search for a weapon that will destroy the Roar.
Only Thomas can release that weapon
-
if he can finally
discover the true purpose of his remarkable gift.
Meanwhile, from Earth's inner core, Carnac, the Roar's
firstborn, begins to emerge. Only
Tanni

and the
Unearthers

stand in his way...



The
Unwanteds

by Lisa
McMann


Every year in Quill, thirteen
-
year
-
olds are sorted into categories: the
strong, intelligent
Wanteds

go to university, and the artistic
Unwanteds

are sent to their graves.


On the day of the Purge, identical twins Alex and Aaron Stowe await
their fate. While Aaron is hopeful of becoming a Wanted, Alex
knows his chances are slim. He's been caught drawing with a stick in
the dirt
-
and in the stark gray land of Quill, being creative is a death
sentence.


But when Alex and the other
Unwanteds

face the Eliminators, they
discover an eccentric magician named Mr. Today and his hidden
world that exists to save the condemned children.
Artimé

is a
colorful place of talking statues, uncommon creatures, and artistic
magic, where creativity is considered a gift... and a weapon.


Fahrenheit 451

by Ray Bradbury


Set
in a bleak, dystopian future. Guy
Montag

is a fireman. In
his world, where television rules and literature is on the
brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them
out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities,
the printed book, along with the houses in which they are
hidden.


Montag

never questions the destruction and ruin his
actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and
wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television
“family.” But then he meets an eccentric young neighbor,
Clarisse, who introduces him to a past where people didn’t
live in fear and to a present where one sees the world
through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter
of television.


I, Robot

by Isaac Asimov


A collection of nine
science fiction

short
stories

woven together as Dr. Susan Calvin
tells them to a reporter (the narrator) in the
21st century. Though the stories can be read
separately, they share a theme of the
interaction of
humans
,
robots
, and
morality
,
and when combined they tell a larger story of
Asimov's fictional history of
robotics
.

Ender’s Shadow

by Orson Scott Card


Bean
, the main character, is a homeless child living in the hellish streets of
Rotterdam

in roughly
2170 after escaping as an infant from an illegal
genetic engineering

laboratory. Being hyper
-
intelligent and extremely young, Bean's experiences revolve primarily around his need for food. He
joins a huge gang of children led by a girl named
Poke

and sets up a system in which they can all
receive nourishment at a local soup kitchen. The draw
-
back on this is their increasing dependence
on the bully Achilles, who is ruthless, mad, and methodical. Luckily for Bean, his incredible mind,
creativity, and determination bring him to the attention of
Sister Carlotta
, a
nun

who is recruiting
children to fight a war against the
Buggers
. At the training facility,
Battle School
, Bean's true genius
becomes apparent. Not only is he smarter than average, he is smarter than any other child at Battle
School, including
Ender Wiggin
. Despite Bean's intelligence, it is Ender who has been chosen to
save humanity from the Buggers. Bean, being an extraordinary genius, begins to uncover secrets
and truths about the school. Bean struggles to understand what quality Ender has that he does not,
until he is assigned to draw up a "hypothetical" roster for Ender's army, and adds himself to the list.
At first, Ender does not appear to recognize Bean's brilliance, but time shows that he was grooming
Bean as his tactical support, putting him at the head of an unorthodox platoon challenged to
outthink the teachers who designed the game, and defeat their attempts to tip the balance of
advantages towards Ender's rivals.
[2]