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.
Gr 7 Up-At 16, Gaia performs her midwife duties solo for the first time and dutifully turns the child over to the Enclave. When soldiers of the Enclave arrest her parents and she learns that they will be executed, she begins to question everything she ever believed about her society. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
"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