I'm soooooooooo very excited to host today's stop on the The Unwanteds blog tour. I started seeing press aobut this book awhile back and because very ineterested in it. I love Lisa McMann's others books and wanted to see what she could do with a middle grade book.
Lisa McMann lives and writes in the Phoenix area. Her books include theNYT bestselling paranormal WAKE trilogy, CRYER’S CROSS, and thedystopian fantasy series beginning with THE UNWANTEDS (coming Aug. 30, 2011).
About The Unwanteds - goodreads, amazon, B&N, Indie Bound,Books-A-Million, Powell's
Every year in Quill, thirteen-year-olds are sorted into categories: thestrong, intelligent Wanteds go to university, and the artistic Unwantedsare sent to their deaths.
Thirteen-year-old Alex tries his hardest to be stoic when his fate is announced as Unwanted, even while leaving behind his twin, Aaron, a Wanted. Upon arrival at the destination where he expected to be eliminated, however, Alex discovers a stunning secret—behind themirage of the “death farm” there is instead a place called Artime.
In Artime, each child is taught to cultivate their creative abilities and learn how to use them magically, weaving spells through paintbrushes and musical instruments. Everything Alex has ever known changes before his eyes, and it’s a wondrous transformation.
But it’s a rare, unique occurrence for twins to be separated between Wanted and Unwanted, and as Alex and Aaron’s bond stretches across their separation, a threat arises for the survival of Artime that will pit brother against brother in an ultimate, magical battle.
Doesn't that sound just plain fantastic?
I love the quote at the top of the cover:
"The Hunger Games Meets Harry Potter."
Ok and even cooler I got to ask Lisa McMann a question and she answered it in a video!!
My students always want to know what kind of student an author was - they always assume a perfect "A" student. Listen to hear what Lisa says!
Contest Info: Are you Unwanted? Gather entries to be entered to win the grand prize book club class pack (up to 20 books!) by explaining which camp you’d be in: Wanted or Unwanted:
- leave a comment +1entry
- provide a picture of you that shows what you'd be (be creative) +2 entries
- provide a video and tell us what you would be! +5 entries
Link can be provided in the comments of this post, on the Kismet Book Touring Facebook page or on Lisa's Facebook page.
Contestants under 18 years of age must have parental consent to enter.
Hmmmmmmm which would I be - WANTED or UNWANTED. I think WANTED because if the UNWANTED are creative etc I don't think I'd fully fall within that camp! :)
If you have more questions or want to check out more of Lisa McMann's guest posts go to The Unwanteds tour page at the Kismet site.
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