All Good Children

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My first young adult novel.

All Good Children by Catherine Austen (Orca Book Publishers, 2011) ISBN:

Quick-witted, prank-pulling graffiti artist Maxwell Connors is more observant than the average New Middletown teenager. And he doesn’t like what he sees.

New Middletown’s children are becoming frighteningly obedient, and their parents and teachers couldn’t be happier. As Max and his friend Dallas watch their classmates transform into model citizens, Max wonders if their only hope of freedom lies in the unknown world beyond New Middletown’s walls, where creativity might be a gift instead of a liability.

Winner of the 2012 Canadian Library Association Young Adult Book Award.

Winner of the 2012 Sunburst Award in the Young Adult category.

“Action packed, terrifying, and believable, this entertaining novel will provoke important discussions about subservience, resistance, and individual freedom.”Booklist, November 2011.

“Whether you need a rebuttal for someone who stubbornly insists on stigmatizing the YA genre, or you’re looking for a great read for yourself or a teenager you know, Catherine Austen’s novel All Good Children is an excellent choice….”The Montreal Review of Books.

Read more reviews on the author’s website.

  • Teen Fiction (ages 12+)
  • 312 pages, hardcover and ebook editions
  • Themes: friendship, responsibility, social control; dystopia
  • Published Fall 2011; ISBN: 978-1-55469-824-0

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For more information on All Good Children, to read the first chapter, or try some follow-up fun, visit the author’s website.

5 Comments on “All Good Children

  1. Hey, just wanted to say this book’s amazing. I’m even doing a book report.( The teacher gave my class permission to make a book report of any book. I chose this book, but I didn’t mention any of the “explicit” language used haha) You should write more teenage books please.

    • Thanks, Leo! (For liking the book and for taking the time to tell me – that just makes my day.) I will write more teenage books for sure – I just take a long time to do things. Maybe I’ll try to rein in my language in the next one. 🙂

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    • Alas, you’ll have to answer that question on your own. (I wrote the book; someone else can write the English assignments.) Best of luck.

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