Multcolib My Librarian Diana: Dystopia for middle-schoolers

The Giver
The Giver By Lowry, Lois Book - 1993 j LOWRY

Annotation:Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.

The City of Ember
The City of Ember By DuPrau, Jeanne Book - 2003 j DUPRAU Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 0 copies

Annotation:In the year 241, twelve-year-old Lina trades jobs on Assignment Day to be a Messenger to run to new places in her decaying but beloved city, perhaps even to glimpse Unknown Regions.

Among the Hidden
Among the Hidden By Haddix, Margaret Peterson Book - 1998 j HADDIX Available in some locations

Annotation:In a future where the Population Police enforce the law limiting a family to only two children, Luke has lived all his twelve years in isolation and fear on his family's farm, until another "third" convinces him that the government is wrong.

The White Mountains
The White Mountains By Christopher, John Book - 2003 j CHRISTOPH Available in some locations

Annotation: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.

The Boy at the End of the World
The Boy at the End of the World By Van Eekhout, Greg Book - 2011 j VANEEKHOU 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:Born half-grown in a world that is being destroyed, Fisher has instinctive knowledge of many things, including that he must avoid the robot that knows his name.

Life as We Knew It
Life as We Knew It By Pfeffer, Susan Beth Book - 2006 y PFEFFER All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Through journal entries, sixteen-year-old Miranda describes her family's struggle to survive after a meteor hits the moon, causing worldwide tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions.

The Unwanteds
The Unwanteds By McMann, Lisa Book - 2011 y MCMANN 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:In a society that purges thirteen-year-olds who are creative, identical twins Aaron and Alex are separated, one to attend University while the other, supposedly Eliminated, finds himself in a wondrous place where youths hone their abilities and learn magic.

The Adoration of Jenna Fox
The Adoration of Jenna Fox By Pearson, Mary Book - 2008 y PEARSON Available in some locations

Annotation:In the not-too-distant future, when biotechnological advances have made synthetic bodies and brains possible but illegal, a seventeen-year-old girl, recovering from a serious accident and suffering from memory lapses, learns a startling secret about her existence.

Memory Boy
Memory Boy By Weaver, Will Book - 2012 y WEAVER 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:Sixteen-year-old Miles and his family must flee their Minneapolis home and begin a new life in the wilderness after a chain of cataclysmic volcanic explosions creates dangerous conditions in their city.

Downsiders A Novel By Shusterman, Neal Book - 2001 y SHUSTERMA 2001 Click here for more »

Annotation:A fourteen-year-old boy who lives in the subterranean world beneath New York City meets a girl from above ground. When she visits him down below, she discovers his world is not what it appears to be.

The Declaration
The Declaration By Malley, Gemma Book - 2007 y MALLEY Available in some locations

Annotation:In 2140 England, where drugs enable people to live forever and children are illegal, teenaged Anna, an obedient ''Surplus'' training to become a house servant, discovers that her birth parents are trying to find her.

Gregor the Overlander
Gregor the Overlander By Collins, Suzanne Book - 2004 j COLLINS 2004 Available in some locations

Annotation:When eleven-year-old Gregor and his two-year-old sister are pulled into a strange underground world, they trigger an epic battle involving men, bats, rats, cockroaches, and spiders while on a quest foretold by ancient prophecy.

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