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Shift

Charlotte Agell

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

In fifteen year-old Adrian Havoc's world, Homestate rules every aspect of society: identity cards need to be carried at all times, evolution is a forbidden topic of discussion, and religious education is enforced in daily "rapture" doses. If life weren't hard enough, now come the threats that the end of the world--SHIFT--is quickly approaching. But Adrian refuses to accept things as they are. He sets out for the toxic Deadlands on a trip that may very well alter the course of the universe.

In this powerful, thought-provoking and by turns humorous novel, Charlotte Agell uncovers the painful consequences of war and uncertain governments in an imagined—yet disturbingly realistic—world.

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PART ONEDestination UnknownMom and I have been having the same argument for so many weeks now that we've got it down cold. We can run the long version or the short version, depending on what's up, but it never really changes. It would be funny, if it wasn't boring me to death."Adrian, you have to sign up for Vacation Bible School." She usually has her arms crossed, as if that makes what she's saying more serious."No.""It's a graduation requirement now. You know that."Silence. I can say a lot by not talking."If you don't do it soon, it's going to be too late.""Well, speaking of too late,
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"Thought-provoking and readable."—Kirkus
 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Charlotte Agell

  • Charlotte Agell is the author of Welcome Home, Or Someplace Like It. She grew up in Sweden, Canada, and Hong Kong, and has always been drawn to the northern reaches. An art educator for the past ten years, she lives in Brunswick, Maine with her family.

  • Charlotte Agell © Sarah Laurence
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