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Girls with Sharp Sticks
Contributor(s): Young, Suzanne (Author)

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ISBN: 1534426132     ISBN-13: 9781534426139
Publisher: Simon Pulse
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Binding Type: Hardcover - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: March 2019

Annotation: In the near future at a girls-only private high school isolated in the Colorado mountains, Mena and her classmates--under the watchful eyes of their Guardian, professors, and analyst--are trained to be beautiful and obedient for their sponsors and investors.

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BISAC Categories:
- Young Adult Fiction | Science Fiction - General
- Young Adult Fiction | Girls & Women
- Young Adult Fiction | Social Themes - New Experience
Dewey: FIC
LCCN: 2018033509
Age Level: 13-17
Grade Level: 8-12
Lexile Measure: 660(Not Available)
Series: Girls with Sharp Sticks
Physical Information: 1.5" H x 5.9" W x 8.4" (1.00 lbs) 400 pages
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Contributor Bio(s): Young, Suzanne: - Suzanne Young is the New York Times bestselling author of The Program series. Originally from Utica, New York, Suzanne moved to Arizona to pursue her dream of not freezing to death. She is a novelist and an English teacher, but not always in that order. Suzanne is also the author of Girls with Sharp Sticks, All in Pieces, Hotel for the Lost, and several others novels for teens. Visit her online at AuthorSuzanneYoung.com or follow her on Instagram at @AuthorSuzanneYoung.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2019 February)

Gr 9 Up–"The only worthy girls are well-behaved girls." So teaches the staff at Innovations Academy, proud of producing the best girls, who are "beautiful, quiet, and pure." Mena trusts the men running the academy to know what's best. Yet when one of her friends disappears, Mena begins to question whether these men are acting out of protection or some darker purpose. Mena's journey out of complacent ignorance is harrowing and exhilarating. Young imbues her narrator with a keen intelligence that has been stunted with drugs and lies, and as Mena rids herself of those impediments, she unravels mysteries and learns how to fight back. This novel, the first in a planned series, is like The Stepford Wives refashioned for teens coming of age in our volatile modern era. The curriculum of the Innovations Academy is basically the ideology of rape culture made explicit: girls are expected to please and acquiesce to men, men cannot be expected to control themselves, and girls who have not remained pure are considered "devalued." Mena's initial parroting of these ideas, slowly giving way to questioning and then outrage, creates a suspenseful and claustrophobic atmosphere that eventually threatens to boil over with vindictive violence. The real fodder for ethical debate arises as Mena and her friends decide how to react to the truths they've uncovered. Readers will be inspired by Mena's awakening, and particularly by the unbreakable and loving sisterhood she shares with her classmates. VERDICT Highly recommended.—Elizabeth Lovsin, Deerfield Public Library, IL

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