Birthmarked

The Birthmarked Trilogy (Volume 1)

Caragh M. O'Brien

Square Fish

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In the future, in a world baked dry by the harsh sun, there are those who live inside the wall and those, like sixteen-year-old midwife, Gaia Stone, who live outside. Gaia has always believed it is her duty, with her mother, to hand over a small quota of babies to the Enclave. But when Gaia’s mother and father are arrested by the very people they so dutifully serve, Gaia is forced to question everything she has been taught to believe. Gaia’s choice is now simple: enter the world of the Enclave to rescue her parents, or die trying.

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BIRTHMARKED (Chapter 1)The Baby Quota

IN THE DIM HOVEL, the mother clenched her body into one final, straining push, and the baby slithered out into Gaia's ready hands.

"Good job," Gaia said. "Wonderful. It's a girl."

The baby cried indignantly, and Gaia breathed a sigh of relief as she checked for toes and fingers and a perfect back. It was a good baby, healthy and well formed, if small. Gaia wrapped the child in a blanket, then held the bundle toward the flickering firelight for the exhausted mother to see.

Gaia wished her own mother were there to help, especially with managing

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Praise for Birthmarked

"Readers who enjoy adventures with a strong heroine standing up to authority against the odds will enjoy this compelling tale." School Library Journal

“A wonderful addition to the dystopian genre.” —TeensReadToo.com

“Reminiscent of both 1984 and a Brave New World, this gripping page-turner is a perfect intro to futuristic, dystopian fiction . . .  Readers accompany the novel's inspiring heroine on an undertaking brimming with danger, intrigue, and romance.” —Education.com

“O’Brien’s  . . . impulsive and spirited heroine . . .  is the kind readers adore.”Booklist

“This science fiction adventure is a brisk and sometimes provocative read, thanks to solid pacing, a resourceful heroine, and a few surprise twists.” Publishers Weekly

“Well-written and fast-paced.”VOYA

“In grand dystopic tradition.” —Kirkus Reviews

"It was a very good book that made me think."Abby, age 12

"I love dystopian futures. Birthmarked is great dystopian future."—Sam, age 16


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About the Author

Caragh M. O'Brien

Since earning an MA in the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University, Caragh M. O’Brien has been a high school teacher, an author of romance novels, and now a novelist for teens. Her novels Birthmarked and Prized were named YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults.  Birthmarked was also a Junior Library Guild Selection and chosen for the ALA 2011 Amelia Bloomer List.  She lives with her family and writes from her home in Connecticut.

More about the author and her novels can be found at www.caraghobrien.com.

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American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults, Arkansas Teen Book Award ML, Capitol Choices Noteworthy Titles for Children and Teens, Georgia Peach Book Award Master List, Rhode Island Children's Book Award, Texas TAYSHAS High School Reading List

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Square Fish
October 2011
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312674724
ISBN10: 0312674724
Young Adult Fiction
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 384 pages
Age Range: 12 to 18
Grade Range: 7 and up
$9.99

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Roaring Brook Press
March 2010
Hardcover
ISBN: 9781596435698
ISBN10: 1596435690
Young Adult Fiction
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 368 pages, Includes one map
Age Range: 12 to 18
Grade Range: 7 and up Information for Librarians

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AR Quiz Number: 136279
AR Book Level: 5.4
AR Points: 16

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March 2010
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429922654
ISBN10: 1429922656
Young Adult Fiction368 pages
Age Range: 12 to 18
Grade Range: 7 and up
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