Available now (Aug. 2011)
Review copy provided by publisher and Kismet Book Touring
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.
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 the mirage 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.
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So, Lisa, any advice for teen writers?
Contest: ARE YOU UNWANTED?
Personally, I'd be designated an "Unwanted" so fast, my head would spin. Maybe they'd kick me out of Quill because I labeled my papers "Mary the Great" in second grade. Or maybe they'd kick me out because of my coloring attacks, when I'd get home from school and have to spend an hour just coloring pictures. I wouldn't even make it to thirteen. It'd be bye-bye Mary as soon as I picked up my first instrument. What about you? Are you a rule-following Wanted or a rule-breaking Unwanted?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 (creativity counts!) +2 entries
- provide a video and tell us what you would be! +5 entries
About Lisa McMann - website, facebook, twitter
Lisa McMann lives and writes in the Phoenix area. Her books include the NYT bestselling paranormal WAKE trilogy, CRYER’S CROSS, and the dystopian fantasy series beginning with THE UNWANTEDS (coming Aug. 30, 2011).
For more info about the guest posts, visit The Unwanteds tour page.
Monday August 29th - Danny and Pushy, Bewitched Bookworms
Tuesday, August 30th (The Unwanted's Book Birthday!) - Katie, The Mundie Moms
Wednesday, August 31st - Alyssa, Teens Read and Write
Thursday, September 1st - Heidi, YA Bibliophile
Friday, September 2nd - Becky, Stories & Sweeties
Monday September 5th - Jill, The O.W.L
Tuesday, September 6th - Mary, Book Swarm
Wednesday, September 7th - Reading Teen
Thursday, September 8th - Melissa, I Swim For Oceans
Friday, September 9th - Sab, YA Bliss
Monday September 12th - Cynthia, A Blog About Nothing
Tuesday, September 13th - Nancy, Amusing Reviews
Wednesday, September 14th - Michelle and Leslie, Michelle and Leslie's Book Picks
Thursday, September 15th - Darkfallen and Greta, Paranormal Wastelands
Friday, September 16th - Alice, Alice Marvels
Tuesday, September 20th -Grand prize announcement on Lisa McMann's blog!