The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann

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A riveting middle-grade dystopian novel from New York Times bestselling Wake author Lisa McMann that Kirkus Reviews calls “The Hunger Games meets Harry Potter.”

When Alex finds out he is Unwanted, he expects to die. That is the way of the people of Quill. Each year, all the thirteen-year-olds are labeled as Wanted, Necessary, or Unwanted. Wanteds get more schooling and train to join the Quillitary. Necessaries keep the farms running. Unwanteds are set for elimination.
It’s hard for Alex to leave behind his twin, Aaron, a Wanted, but he makes peace with his fate—until he discovers that instead of a “death farm,” what awaits him is a magical place called Artimé. There, Alex and his fellow Unwanteds are encouraged to cultivate their creative abilities and use them magically. 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 divided between Wanted and Unwanted, and as Alex and Aaron’s bond stretches across their separation, a threat arises for the survival of Artimé that will pit brother against brother in an ultimate magical battle.
 

About Lisa McMann

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Lisa McMann is the New York Times bestselling author of the Wake trilogy, Cryer’s Cross, Dead to You, the Visions series, and the middle grade dystopian fantasy series The Unwanteds. She lives with her family in the Phoenix area. Read more about Lisa and find her blog through her website at LisaMcMann.com or, better yet, find her on Facebook (Facebook.com/McMannFan) or follow her on Twitter (@Lisa_McMann).
 
Published August 30, 2011 by Aladdin. 402 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books. Fiction

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The Hunger Games meets Harry Potter in this middle-grade departure from McMann's string of paranormal mysteries with romance for young adults.

Aug 16 2011 | Read Full Review of The Unwanteds

The Book Smugglers

I liked the book well enough and am certain that both children and older readers will enjoy it, too – but I cannot shake my irritation (even horror) at the central dichotomy for the book.

Aug 03 2011 | Read Full Review of The Unwanteds

KidsReads

As the doors to dry, dull and endlessly boring Quill closed behind the Unwanteds, Mr. Today introduced himself and the land of Artime.

Aug 30 2011 | Read Full Review of The Unwanteds

https://www.commonsensemedia.org

Wanteds go to the Academy, Necessaries get to work, and the Unwanteds, mostly creative kids, are sent to the Death Farm to be thrown into a lake of boiling oil.

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https://www.commonsensemedia.org

Wanteds go to the Academy, Necessaries get to work, and the Unwanteds, mostly creative kids, are sent to the Death Farm to be thrown into a lake of boiling oil.

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The Daily Fig

But Alex and his fellow Unwanteds get a surprise at the Death Farm: they’re rescued by a Dumbledore-ish magician named Mr. Today who welcomes them to Artime, a safe haven for Unwanteds.

Dec 02 2011 | Read Full Review of The Unwanteds

The Daily Fig

Each year, the next batch of Unwanteds is sent outside of Quill to the Lake of Boiling Oil, where they are mercilessly killed … or so the officials think, anyway.

Sep 20 2011 | Read Full Review of The Unwanteds

Wondrous Reads

I also love me some MG and am very surprised to hear that this is by Lisa McMann it certainly looks very different than her YA books but I love it when YA authors give other genres a try ^_^.Sandy.

Apr 20 2011 | Read Full Review of The Unwanteds

Hobbitsies

And while I definitely can see why someone would say that, I wouldn’t take that comparison into account while reading The Unwanteds.

Sep 01 2011 | Read Full Review of The Unwanteds

Back to Books

Murder - Mystery - Mayhem - le Morte - Macabre - Madness.

Oct 06 2012 | Read Full Review of The Unwanteds

Reading Teen

I would want to be Wanted, to go to a University and further my learning, but I would also like to be Unwanted because I love being creative!!

Sep 07 2011 | Read Full Review of The Unwanteds

Mundie Kids Children's Book Reviews

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.

Sep 13 2011 | Read Full Review of The Unwanteds

The Ramblings of a Kindle Addict

... Book Review: The Unwanteds. The Unwanteds. by. Lisa McMann. The Unwanteds Publisher: Aladdin (August 30, 2011). Length: 400 Page.

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Great Kid Books

I just sent this link to our 6th grade team as we are going to try making book trailers with our students next year.

Apr 10 2014 | Read Full Review of The Unwanteds

Book Chic Club

I've been waiting for this book and can not wait to read it.

Sep 03 2011 | Read Full Review of The Unwanteds

http://thebookmonsters.com

Every year in Quill, thirteen-year-olds are sorted into categories: the strong, intelligent Wanteds go to university, and the artistic Unwanteds are sent to their deaths.

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