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Whisper by Chris Struyk-Bonn
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really liked it
bookshelves: we-own-a-real-copy

I was wary of this book at first- was it going to be yet another dystopian young adult novel? I was pleasantly surprised.
As I began reading, there were a number of clues that placed the novel in the United States in the near future and I felt incredulous. The author describes a place where babies are abandoned because of birth defects and simple surgeries are withheld that can vastly improve a child's chance of success. Children are forced to beg on the streets and live in brothels. Sewage and industrial waste contaminate the water supply. And yet there are educated people living in the same cities that have no idea the tragedies being lived out under their noses. As I read I felt that the society the author was describing was unrealistic, there was no way that our country could become like that in such a short time...
BUT...
As I read, the descriptions started sounding familiar. I've been here and I've seen this. This book is NOT set in the future. This story is now, being lived by thousands of children. Maybe not in the United States, at least not where I have lived. But this book is a portrayal of reality for children in countries around the world. I love when I'm surprised by a book. This book was a punch in the stomach but I still enjoyed it in a "wake up and take a look at the real world and then go out and make a difference" kind of way. This would be an excellent book to read in the classroom as part of discussion on inequality in the world and the rights of children.

(Note: Prostitution is discussed in a general way but details are not given and there are no sex scenes in the book. There is some violence but it is not graphic or described in detail. This book would be appropriate middle school, maybe earlier depending on the maturity of the reader.)

I received an ARC of this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway in return for my honest review.
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Reading Progress

March 1, 2014 – Started Reading
March 1, 2014 – Shelved as: we-own-a-real-copy
March 1, 2014 – Shelved
March 7, 2014 – Finished Reading

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