All Good Children
All Good Children
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Annotation: In the not-so-distant future, Max tries to maintain his identity in a world where the only way to survive is to conform and obey.
Catalog Number: #5097922
Binding Type: Publisher's Hardcover
Publisher: Orca Books
Copyright Date: 2011
Edition Date: c2011
Pages: 300 p.
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-554-69824-3
ISBN 13: 978-1-554-69824-0
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2011929259
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Subject Heading: Individuality. Fiction.
Language: English
Reviewing Agencies:
ALA Booklist (11/1/11)
Horn Book (4/1/12)
Kirkus Reviews
Publishers Weekly
School Library Journal (12/1/11)
Wilson's Junior High Catalog
Word Count: 73,559
Reading Level: 4.1
Interest Level: 4-7
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.1 / points: 10.0 / quiz: 147391 / grade: Middle Grades+
Reading Counts!: reading level:3.7 / points:18.0
Lexile: 650L
Living with hope is like rubbing up against a cheese grater. It keeps taking slices off you until there's so little left you just crumble.

It's the middle of the twenty-first century and the elite children of New Middletown are lined up to receive a treatment that turns them into obedient, well-mannered citizens. Maxwell Connors, a fifteen-year-old prankster, misfit and graffiti artist, observes the changes with growing concern, especially when his younger sister, Ally, is targeted. Max and his best friend, Dallas, escape the treatment, but must pretend to be "zombies" while they watch their freedoms and hopes decay. When Max's family decides to take Dallas with them into the unknown world beyond New Middletown's borders, Max's creativity becomes an unexpected bonus rather than a liability.