Rash by Pete Hautman

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Consumption of alcohol: Illegal.

Football and other "violent" sports: Illegal.

Ownership of guns, chain saws, and/or large dogs: Illegal.

Body piercings, tattoos: Illegal.

It's late in the twenty-first century, and the United Safer States of America (USSA) has become a nation obsessed with safety. For Bo Marsten, a teenager who grew up in the USSA, it's all good. He knows the harsh laws were created to protect the people. But when Bo's temper flares out of control and he's sentenced to three years of manual labor, he's not so down with the law anymore.

Bo's forced to live and work in a factory in the Canadian tundra. The warden running the place is totally out of his mind, and cares little for his inmates' safety. Bo will have to decide what's worse: a society that locks people up for road rage, or a prison where the wrong move could make you polar bear food.

About Pete Hautman

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Pete Hautman is the author of many books for young adults and adults, including the National Book Award winner Godless and The Big Crunch, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Award. About The Cydonian Pyramid, he says, "I could never resist a tough, spunky, conflicted heroine. Following Lahlia through the diskos was an incredible journey. She still scares me a little." Pete Hautman splits his time between Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Published February 7, 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 272 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books. Fiction

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In a cutting and comic gem, Bo Marsten is in trouble with the law: He’s insulted a classmate, neglected to take his anti-anger medication and gone running without kneepad liners (required to prevent chafing).

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that Bo had been creating in science class, achieves self-awareness and independently tracks Bo down in prison with a plan to spring him—but can Bo survive on the outside?

May 08 2006 | Read Full Review of Rash

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Even his old Gramps (who remembers the good old days of the 1990s) doesn't have enough V$ (short for Visa dollars -- the currency of the era) to hire a good enough lawyer to get Bo off the hook this time, and Bo is shipped off to a prison where he'll make pizzas for sixteen hours a day: ...

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