by Lisa A. Kramer

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BN ID: 2940150288454
Publisher: Word Hermit Press LLC
Publication date: 12/01/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 296
File size: 756 KB

About the Author

Lisa A. Kramer has spent her life learning, creating, and exploring the world through theatre, writing, travelling and collaborating as an educator. She has lived in nine states and two countries (including Japan). She holds a PhD in Theatre for Youth, an MFA in Theatre Directing, and a BA in English Language & Literature and Theatre. She has published non-fiction articles in journals specializing on Theatre for Young Audiences, as well articles aimed at young people for Listen Magazine. In addition to young adult novels, she has ventured into the world of short stories, and has stories for adults in several of the Theme-Thology series published by HDWPBooks.com and available on Kindle, Nook, and Kobo. When not writing, Lisa shares her love of the arts and the power of story as co-founder of heArtful Theatre Company and as adjunct faculty at various colleges and universities. She also spends time enjoying New England with her husband, daughter, and two dogs from her home base in central Massachusetts. To learn more visit her at Lisa A. Kramer: Woman Wielding Words (www.lisaakramer.com).

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P.O.W.ER 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous 20 days ago
Good idea, poor execution. Writing style felt very superficial and I couldn’t sink into the characters or the story. Does not have the obsessive reader quality of other dystopian teen books. A good base story that could be improved with some significant re-writing and delving into the characters. Couldn’t bring myself to finish.
Caitlyn Brennan More than 1 year ago
I can't begin to express how important the message of this novel is. When I first picked up the book I knew I would enjoy it simply because I am a feminist and the dystopian world in which it is set was very much an interest to me. What I didn't know was how much this novel inspired me. Aside from the excellent writing of the novel, the main character Andra is one that most women can relate to. She strong and speaks her mind, something that is not always accepted even in today's society. I relate very much to Andra simply because my own words have gotten me in trouble more times than I can count. But the message that Andra brings is that every woman has words and every woman has a power that must be celebrated and revered. Even in a so-called advanced society that we claim to live in, women as still viewed as less than equal and it is often a surprise if a woman has a talent that a man does not possess. This novel highlights the importance of women around the world and really forces her female audience to look inside oneself and discover the power you were born with. As an aspiring writer I truly looked at Andra and the way she used her words as guidance. Never have I been so truly convinced of the influence of words until I read this book. I have always believed that words trump violence, and now I think it is time for society to recognize that as well. Kramer truly has a way with words in her ability to create a world that is fantastical, and yet not so different from the world we live in. While the message of the book pertains to the innate strengths of women, everyone learns that they have a strength to be celebrated, not hidden away and shamed. Everyone should read this book because of the sheer ability it has to present a different message to every audience and peak the interests of every reader.
Lisa_A_Listwa More than 1 year ago
What if you loved words? What if you loved words and were told you could not use them? No reading. No writing. No words. If you were told you had to give up words completely, would you stop? Could you? Andra BetScrivener has a secret power. But her life – and the lives of those she loves – may be in grave danger if it is discovered. Andra is faced with the challenge of finding a way to utilize her gifts without jeopardizing her own safety or anyone else’s. Her position is less than enviable. Step into Lisa A. Kramer’s P.O.W.E.R. and join Andra as she learns about herself, her powers, and the dark secrets of New North. If you’ve read some of my other reviews, you know that I am not a big reader of YA literature. But every now and then a book comes along that makes me reconsider my stance. P.O.W.E.R. is one of those books. Kramer’s tale is immediately engaging and the characters are believable, likable, and real. Andra is intelligent and creative, passionate and brave. Her doting father is town between wanting his daughter to celebrate and develop her gifts and wanting to keep her safe. Family friend Brian loves them both and helps them find their way. The atmosphere of P.O.W.E.R. reminds me much of one of my favorites, Orwell’s 1984, but with an absorbing modern adventure story that had me rooting for the characters every step of the way as they fought against injustices suggestive of the evils our world faces today. P.O.W.E.R. has strong messages for girls and young women today- messages for everyone, really. P.O.W.E.R. beautifully portrays themes of love, of family and friendship, or loyalty. It encourages creativity, determination, and courage. It celebrates the strength of the individual and the strength of community. It gives the reader a clear vision of what can happen when women – or any of us – stand united and support one another. Kramer’s P.O.W.E.R. is now on my list of must-read suggestions for any teen or young adult girls – or anyone, for that matter. The story is accessible across age and gender lines and would be a smart addition to high school reading lists for the future adult members of our society. We need more books like this to inspire them to work together toward a better world. It is my understanding that for each copy of this book sold, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to causes that support women and children around the world. An investment in the future is high on my list of things worth supporting. If you haven’t read Lisa Kramer’s P.O.W.E.R., what are you waiting for? Grab a copy today and get ready to be drawn into a world that while seemingly desolate is filled with possibility and hope.
Taochild More than 1 year ago
I had the privelege of seeing the transformation of this book from a basic idea to an eye opening novel. Despite several readings at different stages, the final product was still filled with entertainment, both for the simple joy of well written words ... and the lessons that those words manage to convey while entertaining. This is a must read just for the concepts that it brings out into the open. The story is a very strong possible future for a society that is quickly losing its way. It brings out many relevant ailments we deal with today in such a way that one might actually want to take action to prevent such realities from being created. We learn of the danger of blind faith, lack of education, and dehuminization based on the silliest of criteria. While it focuses on the battle to lessen woman, it really applies to all persecutions, whatever they may be based on. Only by learning to work together, and choosing non-combative modes for change do we really have hope for a better future.  And who knows what the human brain is cacpable of when it has the need? Read this!! You will NOT be disappointed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
P.O.W.ER is a fascinating look into the not so distant future where women are not allowed to read and write. While I hope our society never comes to this, Lisa A. Kramer's debut novel shows how frightening the world would be for women living with such a reality. Andra BetScrivener is one of my favorite characters in recent fiction. She's spunky, determined, and learns how to use her formidable power to change her society. In our current world, where young women are bombarded by mixed messages and are increasingly unwilling to define themselves as feminists, Andra is a desperately needed role model. One of the things about P.O.W.ER that I enjoyed the most are the blurred lines that are so aptly depicted. No one character is all perfect or all evil. Kramer does a spectacular job fleshing out the inhabitants of New North and showing us how and why they act as they do. I also appreciate that so many of her male characters are allies for the women working to regain their place in society.  While this novel has a powerful and important social commentary, it's also a joy to read (something that not all dystopian fantasy achieves). The story and characters are accessible and exciting as they put forth a strong message that everyone, especially today's young men and women, needs to hear. It was hard to put down this quick moving story, and I highly recommend it for all ages. It left me thinking and wondering long after I finished it what I can do with my own power. 
Nathan010 More than 1 year ago
Imagine where our world will be in 20 yrs. It's hard to grasp with the news media sensational portrayal of our current world and the political climate of the United States. The future world in P.O.W.ER could come from this. Each and everyone of us can take a message to the necessity of: being good, learning, and working with our fellow person. There are well developed characters that interact in this future country of New North. Other reviews have comparison to the recent dystopia YA literature such as Hunger Games, but this novel is closer to City of Ember in the characters and arc of the story.There is action and adventure that will appeal to all readers. I loved how the teen characters expressed the realistic feelings: "I tried to avoid awkwardness as I slid into the booth. I didn't know where to look, or what to do with my hands I focused on the view; the glow of the mysterious city in the distance fascinated me. The sky began to fill with bright stars. I wasn't often out at night so took a moment to appreciate the beauty." Lisa Kramer created a well written story that has not only has wonderful characters but a great meaning. **Spoiler** Unlike the the current trend in dystopian youth literature killing is used sparingly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful read for anyone who believes that everyone should have a chance to discover their on abilities and use them to make the world a better place.