The Limit by Kristen Landon

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An eighth grade girl was taken today . . . With this first sentence, readers are immediately thrust into a fast-paced thriller that doesn't let up for a moment. In a world not too far removed from our own, kids are being taken away to special workhouses if their families exceed the monthly debt limit imposed by the government. Thirteen-year-old Matt briefly wonders if he might be next, but quickly dismisses the thought. After all, his parents are financially responsible, unlike the parents of those other kids. As long as his parents remain within their limit, the government will be satisfied and leave them alone. But all it takes is one fatal visit to the store to push Matt’s family over their limit—and to change his reality forever.

About Kristen Landon

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Kristen Landon lives with her family in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Limit is her first middle-grade novel.
Published September 7, 2010 by Aladdin. 308 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books. Fiction

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Matt's family scoffs at others who can't keep track of their finances until they, too, overspend, and Matt finds himself carted off to a high-rise facility.

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No matter, since “Matt” as his family calls him is the oldest of the Dunston children and still in middle school, if they did go over their limit the government would simply put them on “supervised spending or some other penalty program.” Everyone knows the government never takes kids under high-...

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Deseret News

But when the limo with tinted windows pulled up outside their house, a woman explained, “you are required to meet the obligations of FDO 169-D….Come along, Matthew.” Matthew was sent to the workhouse Top Floor with other gifted students fulfill...

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