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3.72  ·  Rating Details ·  5,929 Ratings  ·  428 Reviews
In the year 2000 Melly and Anny Beth had reached the peak of old age and were ready to die. But when offered the chance to be young again by participating in a top-secret experiment called Project Turnabout, they agreed. Miraculously, the experiment worked -- Melly and Anny Beth were actually growing younger every year. But when they learned that the final treatment would ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by Simon Pulse (first published October 1st 2000)
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Oct 19, 2007 Katrina rated it really liked it
Shelves: alreadyread
I just re-read a book called Turn About. In this story, two people come up with an experiment that can turn back people's ages, stopping the people from growing any older. Then, the scientists, after testing it millions of times on rats and other animals, they decide it's time to test it on humans. The most known scientists in the book are Dr. Reed and Dr. Jimson. These two scientists go out todifferent nursing homes and ask these 100 year old or almost 100, to sign a contract of selling their b ...more
Dec 13, 2008 Trin rated it did not like it
Shelves: sci-fi, ya, american-lit
There’s a long afterword at the back of this book about the Real Science Haddix used as the basis for the story. Even if there’s a kernel of truth in the premise—preventing certain chromosomes from shrinking could stop and even reverse aging—the way science is dealt with in this novel makes the ideas seem less plausible than exploding tumors. Amelia and Annabeth are two senior citizens who are injected, sort of without their consent, with a new anti-aging formula, developed by a scientist who’s ...more
Jul 27, 2010 Weina rated it did not like it
Shelves: children
This may be due to the fact that I'm taking so many biology classes so that entire concept of "unaging" is completely ridiculous, especially the fact that it is now known that telomeres does NOT cause aging. The only thing the two have in common is that as you age, telomeres shorten but whether or not it does cause aging is completely "untrue." Not only that, but I find that entire point of the story, pointless. Finding someone to take yourself is hardly a reason/purpose to live. Telling the wor ...more
Sep 18, 2008 Alice rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone!
Recommended to Alice by: my friend
Turnabout tells a story of two very old women (one is 100 years old and the other a few months away from being 100) that take a type of injection that makes them unage. The scientists expected to inject another medicine into them to make them stop unaging so they could be whatever age they wanted to be forever. But something goes wrong. They tried it on one man who wanted to stay around 70 and he disintegrated within seconds! So now, the two main characters have to deal with unaging. But what wi ...more
Aug 17, 2015 Naomi rated it liked it
A very interesting concept that grabbed me from the first page. I feel like it could have been at least twice as long of a book as it was (only 223 pages), because my imagination was running farther with this idea. It was, of course, strange to ponder, and a little dismaying.
Feb 12, 2014 Veronica rated it really liked it
Science Fiction is the genre of this book. It has to do with scientists that give these old people a drug that makes them younger. Melly and Anny Beth are the main characters in the story, and they take the drug that makes them older. However they do not like the things that are happening in the agency so they leave the agency hoping to find some peace, and to find a cure for the drug. They suddenly realize that the drug has no cure and they are becoming years younger very fast. They encounter a ...more
Elizbette Sanchez
Jan 29, 2015 Elizbette Sanchez rated it really liked it
Do you like books that take place in the future ? Then is this the book for you! Turnabout is a science-fiction book by Margaret Peterson Haddix.
I was very pleased by this book. Margaret Peterson Haddix is one of my favorite authors so any of her books I would enjoy. Turnabout is one of those books where once you picked up the book, it seemed like you can never place it down!

Turnabout is a book about two girls named Melly and Anny Beth. In 2000, they had both reached the peak of old age and wer
Aug 23, 2008 Jessica rated it liked it
Shelves: kidlit
I wanted more! MORE! One of Haddix's clever twists on the future, where a pair of very old ladies agree to an experiment that will make them young again . . . the catch being that it won't stop! As they grow younger and younger: fourteen, thirteen, twelve, who will take care of them?

I love the concept of this book, but Haddix didn't explore as much of it as I wanted her to.
Dec 08, 2008 Mandy rated it it was amazing
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Janelle Revier
Mar 17, 2010 Janelle Revier rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: ems students
a futuristic twist on unaging (if that is a word). this tale was more about what wasn't said. GOOD! it you liked the curious case of benjamin button you might like this.
Mar 25, 2016 Conrad added it
The book Turnabout, by Margaret Peterson Haddix, has a very interesting plot that you don't see too often in books or movies. However, despite this, this book just doesn't wow me and it just doesn't give me enough of that sweet, sweet character development that I love so much. The book also just seems to lack explanation; at the beginning it just troughs right you into the madness of it all. I don't like, though, the crazy switches between time periods. But, I have to say, for how unique it is I ...more
Oct 16, 2015 Jaina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: blogged
This review is also available on my blog, Read Till Dawn.

I'm named after my great-grandmother, who was born in 1900. I'm actually named after two of my great-grandmothers (Marie, my middle name, was my dad's grandmother's name), but it's the woman whose first name I share that really captures my fascination. She grew up in a completely different time, on a farm in rural Missouri. She lived a fascinating life full of ups and downs, and died an old woman living on the same farm she'd spent her ent
Mar 02, 2011 Cristy rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi, time-travel
TURNABOUT is a tough one for me to rate.. this book fell victim to bad timing for me. I started reading it just as my life got hectic (planning my twin boys 4th birthday party) and although I found the idea of un-ageing intriguing, the story it's self wasn't interesting enough to hold my attention over all the other craziness in my own life. Evidence shown in that it took me like a week to get through such a short book, that I would normally breeze through in one sitting before bed.

Anyhow to be
Oct 14, 2009 Valerie rated it it was amazing
The first page captivated me:

"April 21, 2085

My sixteenth birthday. Sad, sad day. What I mind most--what I've been dreading most--is losing my license. I could still pass for being older for at least another year or two, but the agency won't let me. Against the rules, they say. We know best, they say. How can they be so sure when this is all new territory. At least Anny Beth can still drive, since she's only eighteen. I don't know what I'd do without Anny Beth. I don't know what we'll do when she
Oct 25, 2011 Sarah rated it liked it
After four years of sitting on my (physical) to-read shelf, I've finally finished it! All in all, Turnabout was a pretty decent read about immortality, second chances, finding purpose and family--mostly immortality though. The latter three are just minor elements. Melly and Anny Beth are two interesting protagonists (both of them have been "selected" for Project Turnabout, an experiment about the elongation of the human lifespan) and it was fun reading about their childhood and their first lives ...more
Nov 19, 2013 Ann rated it really liked it
Shelves: okay-books
3.5 stars.

Turnabout... An interesting book, really. Had to read it in English class, so it was forced. Didn't really like it, even though the idea is really thought provoking. Which, I guess, is the point, because I had to do all of these PROJECTS and ESSAYS about it. Huh. And speaking of telomeres, I also had to research all about it and discovered quite a few head-scratching facts about it. Really interesting.

But I didn't say it was good, did I?

Amelia Hazelwood is a 100 year old woman living p
Sep 01, 2008 Linda rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, science-fiction, aging

Apr 22, 2016 Vidhi_desai rated it really liked it
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Sarah Crawford
Feb 01, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it really liked it
This novel is centered around the lives of two teenage girls, primarily, but also covers events happening to a larger group of people. Some scientists have discovered what they feel is something that will not only stop the aging process but will reverse it. They take a group of very elderly people and get them to agree to being part of the experiment.

The people are given the material and gradually they do stop aging and then start growing younger physically. Too late the scientists find out that
Lilly McCoy

Ten books that I plan to read this year are The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials, The Death Cure, The Kill Code, The Fever Code, Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant, The Clash Of Kings, and A Dance With Dragons. The book i read for this book love assignment was called Turnabout by Margaret Peterson. I chose this book because a friend recommended it to me. She read it over the summer and lended it to me to read it. Turnabout is about two girls that became friends after volunteering for a top secr
Sara Mumby
Jan 17, 2016 Sara Mumby rated it it was amazing
Review of Turnabout by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Turnabout by Margaret Peterson Haddix is sci-fi genre about unaging. It focuses on two main characters, Melly and Anny-Beth as they unage from 100 years old.
This book starts in the year 2000, when Melly and Anny-Beth are on their deathbeds. That is until their offered a part in a medical trial to unage. It sounded crazy but since they were going to die anyways- they agreed. Now they’re part of a group of 50 elders who received an unaging injection.
Aug 29, 2015 Lauren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
It was a very cool idea, and the thoughts, ideals, emotions, and stories shared throughout it were rather touching and lifelike. However, there was never really a huge threat. The biggest problem is the threat of possibly being overrun by reporters and tabloids for a few days ... very discouraging and embarrassing, yes, but not as horrible as the book would have you believe. Events happened very quickly, too, with no problem lasting very long. The reporter problem was solved within a couple days ...more
Lexi Hanson
Mar 03, 2015 Lexi Hanson rated it really liked it
Lexi Hanson

Book Review for Turnabout

The book Turnabout was written by Margaret Peterson Haddix and published in 2002 by the Aladdin division of Simon & Schuster, Inc. The book is about a Woman named Amelia Hazelwood who is about to die in a nursing home. She signs a form that she doesn’t know what’s on it that the doctors gave to her. Pretty soon she begins to be able to do stuff she was able to do when she was younger. I recommend this book because it is a thrill and a mystery. Although it
Feb 27, 2015 Imari rated it liked it
One day you'll thank me for giving you these suggestions. I mean, who can give you better ones? Ok enough, so the book I have now is called Turnabout by Margaret Peterson Haddix. At first this book had me confused but I read it over and got the hang of it. Margaret is actually a fantastic author and I'll love to read more of her books. If you are into projects and stuff similar to science then you'll enjoy this book because the genre is Science Fiction.

Amelia and Anny Beth were two really old wo
Ashley Brocious
Jan 03, 2015 Ashley Brocious rated it it was ok
Shelves: making-a-choice
Melly and Anny Beth are in young bodies (15 and 18 year old bodies) even though they are 185 years old. They participated in a study where they were injected as old women with PT-1 which would make them stop aging and start getting younger. The doctors--Dr. Reed and Dr. Jimson promise that they would have a "cure" that would stop them from aging once they hit the ideal age that they would like to stay at. However, they discover when one of the patients decides to get the "cure" at 75 that it doe ...more
Olivia Story
Nov 10, 2014 Olivia Story rated it liked it
Amelia Hazelwood and Anny Beth Flix are in nursing homes, practically waiting to die. Two doctors come to them and convince them to join this new science program they are trying out. They each sign their names, without realizing that they have just agreed to be turned young again and live forever. They become close friends and experience their younger years together for long years. Then out of the blue, an A.J Hazelwood, contacts Amelia wanting to meet, but she has technically died years and yea ...more
Haley Harland
Oct 31, 2014 Haley Harland rated it liked it
I liked this book for the most part, but I wish it would've had a different ending. What I really like about this book is that it is written in past and future, so it is easy to understand. The book is based on two women who were about to die of old age living in Kentucky, and were given a medicine called PF-11 that allowed them to be young again. They had to cut off all communication with their families, and live with the other 48 people who got the PF-11. They started aging backwards, and as t ...more
May 05, 2015 Christopher rated it really liked it
In the year 2000 there are too women that are reaching the end of life as they know it. Until a young man approaches them with an offer. He works with a secret project called project Turnabout. Pretty much what the project does is it make’s people that are old or getting close to old, young again. And of course they both accept the offer without a doubt or even ask what could go wrong if it doesn’t work. After years have passed they start to notice that it works, but their age is going the total ...more
Mar 29, 2014 Ri rated it liked it
Shelves: march-2014
Anny Beth and Melly had been injected with PT-1 in the year of 2000 so that they would "unage" every year, slowly changing back into an adult, then a teenager, then a child and finally an infant. Just about 85 years later, they have "unaged" into teenagers. They are almost children again and they need to find someone to take care of them before they are too young to take care of themselves. And then suddenly, they discover one of their descendants...

The book's title caught my eye. I have a tende
Julie Decker
Aug 19, 2014 Julie Decker rated it it was ok
Melly and Anny Beth are elderly ladies, but they're asked to participate in an experimental treatment that may reverse their aging and turn them young again. But they don't realize how long the process is going to continue to affect them or how they can make it stop. They don't want the media exposure that comes with their case, and they're on the run from those who would steal their privacy. But what will they do if they become so young they can't take care of themselves?

I thought the concept w
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Margaret Peterson Haddix grew up on a farm near Washington Court House, Ohio. She graduated from Miami University (of Ohio) with degrees in English/journalism, English/creative writing and history. Before her first book was published, she worked as a newspaper copy editor in Fort Wayne, Indiana; a newspaper reporter in Indianapolis; and a community college instructor and freelance writer in Danvil ...more
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