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Girls With Sharp Sticks
Contributor(s): Young, Suzanne

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ISBN: 1534426132     ISBN-13: 9781534426139
Publisher: Simon Pulse
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Binding Type: Hardcover
Published: March 2019
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Annotation: A new series set in a subversive near future follows a group of students at the Girls of Innovations Academy, where lessons about obedience and troublesome personal interests give way to dark secrets and the truth about their identities. 50,000 first printing. Simultaneous eBook.

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Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Schools; Fiction.
Cyborgs; Fiction.
Science fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2018033509
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 10-12, Age 15-18
Series: Girls With Sharp Sticks
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.75" H x 6.00" W x 1.75" (1.02 lbs) 393 pages
 
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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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