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The First Twenty
     

The First Twenty

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by Jennifer Lavoie
 

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Humanity was nearly wiped out when a series of global disasters struck, but pockets of survivors have managed to thrive and are starting to rebuild society. Peyton lives with others in what used to be a factory. When her adopted father is murdered by Scavengers, she is determined to bring justice to those who took him away from her. She didn’t count on

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Humanity was nearly wiped out when a series of global disasters struck, but pockets of survivors have managed to thrive and are starting to rebuild society. Peyton lives with others in what used to be a factory. When her adopted father is murdered by Scavengers, she is determined to bring justice to those who took him away from her. She didn’t count on meeting Nixie.

Nixie is one of the few people born with the ability to dowse for water with her body. In a world where safe water is hard to come by, she’s a valuable tool to her people. When she’s taken by Peyton, they’ll do anything to get her back. As the tension between the groups reaches critical max, Peyton is forced to make a decision: give up the girl she’s learned to love, or risk the lives of those she’s responsible for.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
07/01/2015
Gr 7 Up—Twenty years after the collapse of civilization as we know it, two rival communities are trying to eke out an existence from what's left: the Settlers and the Scavengers. When a raid of the settlement goes wrong and Nixie, a dowser, is left behind, will she be able to escape? And with everything a settlement has to offer, will she even want to? Lavoie has written a not particularly new take on the postapocalyptic genre, without some of the more common dystopian elements seen in contemporary YA. What sets this title apart is its easy and unapologetic incorporation of gay and lesbian characters. The central romance is between two young women, the character whose death kicks off the narrative is gay, and his partner is an important parental figure in the narrative. Those looking for YA read-alikes to Veronica Roth's "Divergent" books (HarperCollins) won't often stumble across gay characters. Fans of Alex London's Proxy (Philomel, 2013) will enjoy. VERDICT An important, if flawed YA science fiction work with diverse representation.—L. Lee Butler, Hart Middle School, Washington, DC

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781626394148
Publisher:
Bold Strokes Books
Publication date:
05/05/2015
Pages:
264
Sales rank:
915,831
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
13 - 18 Years

Meet the Author


Jennifer Lavoie lives in Connecticut in the same city she grew up in. While growing up, she always wanted to be a writer or a teacher and briefly debated a career in marine biology. The only problem with that was she’s deathly afraid of deep water. Starting during a holiday season as temporary help, she worked in a bookstore for six years and made it all the way up to assistant manager before she left to take a job teaching. Jennifer has her bachelor’s degree in secondary English education and found a job in her town teaching middle school students. Along with another teacher and a handful of students, Jennifer started the first Gay-Straight Alliance at the school. She is also active in other student clubs and enjoys pairing students with books that make them love to read.

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The First Twenty 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. The reader will recognize areas that they travel within in out state today and shows how teenagers when called upon to keep a community safe and surviving can lead and make good decisions. There is an air of suspense and mystery and well as humanity and acceptances of differences. survival is first and foremost. I look forward to the next book to see where the next adventure in survival takes these teens as they grow older and wiser beyond their years It is a quick rad and i think preteens,  teenagers, as well as adults  will enjoy reading this book during the summer months on those laid back days..