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Unwind, 1

Unwind, 1

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Three teens fight for their lives and each other in this breathtakingly suspenseful first book in the twisted, New York Times bestselling Unwind Dystology series by Neal Shusterman.

After America's Second Civil War, the Pro-Choice and Pro-Life armies came to an agreement. According to their Bill of Life, human life may not be terminated from the moment of conception until the age of thirteen. But between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, the child may be gotten rid of by their parent through a process called "unwinding."

By repurposing a teen's organs and other body parts in living recipients, the unwound child's life doesn't technically end. According to society's leaders, unwinding leads to a healthier and safer community, as troublesome and unwanted teens are used for the greater good.

Curtis is a rebel whose unwinding was ordered by his parents. Rita, a ward of the state, has been slated for unwinding due to cost cutting. And Lev, his parents' tenth child, has been destined for unwinding since birth as a religious tithe. As their paths intersect, they start to fight for their own destinies. But do they stand a chance of escaping their fate or proving their lives are worth saving?

Author: Neal Shusterman
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Published: 11/06/2007
Pages: 352
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 0.95lbs
Size: 8.30h x 5.80w x 1.30d
ISBN: 9781416912040
Age Range: 13-17

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 5
Point Value: 14
Interest Level: Upper Grade
Quiz #/Name: 120008 / Unwind

Award: Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award - Nominee
Award: Virginia Readers Choice Award - Winner
Award: Nutmeg Book Award - Winner
Award: Nevada Young Readers' Award - Winner
Award: Iowa Teen Award - Nominee
Award: Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers - Nominee
Award: Black-Eyed Susan Award - Winner
Award: Texas Lone Star Reading List - Commended
Award: Tayshas Reading - Commended
Award: Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens - Recommended
Award: Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award - Winner
Award: Grand Canyon Reader Award - Recommended
Award: Colorado Blue Spruce Award - Nominee
Award: Rhode Island Teen Book Award - Nominee
Award: Delaware Diamonds Award - Nominee
Award: Isinglass Teen Read Award - Nominee
Award: Sequoyah Book Awards - Nominee
Award: Sequoyah Book Awards - Winner
Award: Beehive Awards - Nominee
Award: Evergreen Young Adult Book Award - Winner
Award: California Young Reader Medal - Nominee
Award: Gateway Readers Award - Second Place
Award: Florida Teens Read - Nominee

Review Citation(s):
Voice of Youth Advocates 10/01/2007 pg. 358 - Recommended - Better Than Most
Kirkus Review - Children 10/01/2007 pg. 1057
Booklist 10/15/2007 pg. 45
Publishers Weekly 11/26/2007 pg. 54
School Library Journal 01/01/2008 pg. 126
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 02/01/2008 pg. 262 - Recommended
Horn Book Magazine 03/01/2008 pg. 219
New York Times Book Review 03/16/2008 pg. 15
Voya Top 10 Qck Pick/Reluctant 04/01/2008 pg. 8
Hornbook Guide to Children 07/01/2008 - Superior,Well Above Average
Hornbook Guide to Children 10/01/2008 pg. 378 - Superior,Well Above Average
ALA Best Books Young Adults 01/01/2008 pg. 1
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