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You'll Like It Here by Ruth White
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Jul 12, 2011

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bookshelves: good-reads-for-reluctant-readers, young-adult-books
Recommended to Beverly by: indiebound next list
Recommended for: 11-14 year olds
Read from July 11 to 12, 2011

You'll Like It Here is a cross of Farenheit 451, Star Trek and To Kill A Mockingbird. The Blue family are refugees from a distant planet trying to fit in and live a normal small town American life. When their secret is suddenly discovered, they are forced to flee without time to research best planet choices. They end up on a planet that at first seems to be very much like Earth, but is really a twisted parallel to Earth. Citizens of Fashion City are brainwashed, their days strictly controlled by The Fathers (which makes it almost impossible for the Blue Family to plan an escape)and books are illegal. Elvis is sent away for "gross uniqueness", and the resistance is led by Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King and Chief Seattle. Like many science fiction novels, You'll Like It Here will have students talking about important current cultural and political themes like the importance of art and creativity, political intolerance, and the dangers of not questioning authority. The sequel will likely have much more action as the Blue Family ends up with the resistance. I bet Meggie is going to go back to rescue L. Frank Baum and Elvis.

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