Birthmarked: Chapters 1-5

Caragh M. O'Brien

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Download Chapters 1-5 in Birthmarked, the first installment in the trilogy by Caragh O'Brien.

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)

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.

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About the Author

Caragh M. O'Brien

Since earning an MA in Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University, Caragh O'Brien has been a high school teacher, a published author of romance novels, and now a novelist for teens. Her novels BIRTHMARKED and PRIZED were named YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults.

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Birthmarked: Chapters 1-5
Caragh M. O'Brien

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Roaring Brook Press
September 2012
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ISBN: 9781466826908
ISBN10: 1466826908
eBook Original32 pages
Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Range: 7 and up
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