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- Publisher: Pelican Publishing Co
- Format: Paperback | 224 pages
- Dimensions: 137mm x 211mm x 20mm | 295g
- Publication date: 1 April 2005
- Publication City/Country: Gretna, LA
- ISBN 10: 1589802543
- ISBN 13: 9781589802544
- Edition statement: Reprint
- Sales rank: 198,374
2001 Hal Clement Award Winner for Best New Science Fiction Novel for Young Adults2001-2002 Best of the Best for Young Adults, Missouri Library Association2002-2003 Read Aloud Books, Too Good to Miss, Indiana Library Federation2003-2004 Texas Lone Star Top 20 List2003 Young Adult Choice Title, International Reading Association"An entertaining, suspenseful thriller with a genuinely chilling villain. Good fun."-- Kirkus Reviews"Layne's tale is a heady mix of conspiracies, alternate identities, and sinister underground laboratories with a creepy schitzophrenic villain that readers will love to hate. Recommend this title to thriller fans who will enjoy the ride." --VOYASomething wicked this way comes; in this case it's high schooler Jack Barrett's father, whose inherent drive forperfection has spiraled into a raging obsession ever since he began working for the mysterious Eden Corporation. When his father forcibly relocates the family to Paradise, a village that is literally owned by Eden's enigmatic CEO, Jackuncovers a sinister plot that threatens the lives of everyone he loves. Delving even further into the secrets of the village, he soon learns just how high the price for perfection can be . . . and to what lengths some people are willing togo to obtain it.
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By TeensReadToo 28 Sep 2010
Jack's father has always been a perfectionist, but lately, his need to control every aspect of the family's life has stepped up a notch. Mr. Barrett, Jack's dad, has been offered a wonderful opportunity with the company he works for, the Eden Corporation. Eden owns a gated village in Paradise, a nearby town, where only the most successful and devoted employees are invited to live. The village is all-inclusive and there is no need to ever leave. The village even has a school for the children of the employees.
Mr. Barrett's family isn't handling the news of the move very well. His wife has been drinking more and more since Mr. Barrett's controlling nature has intensified. Troy, the youngest child, has used his rebellious attitude to spark conflict within the household. Gram, Mr. Barrett's mother and the boys' biggest protector, doesn't mince words when it comes to how crazy she thinks moving the whole family to a strange community is, and Jack, the oldest son, tries to keep the peace by attempting to please his father and trying to keep Troy under control.
Eventually, the day comes and the family packs up and moves to Paradise. Jack's mother has gone ahead in order to get the house ready so it is just Mr. Barrett, Jack, Troy, and Gram following the moving van. Once they reach the entry gate, Jack sees a site that leaves him speechless. Jori is a beautiful girl that works at the entry gate of Paradise and a girl that he definitely wants to get to know better, but for some reason, Mr. Barrett doesn't want him to have anything to do with her. His exact words are, "She doesn't belong in Paradise." This statement is just one of the things Jack, Troy, and Gram consider strange when they get settled in their new community.
Everyone seems too happy, their mother hasn't been seen since they've arrived, and Mr. Eden, the owner of the Eden Corporation, has been sneaking into the Barrett's house at night and taking Troy somewhere after knocking him out so he won't wake up. The boys, with a lot of help from Gram and Jori, attempt to get to the bottom of all the mysteries and find a way out of Paradise.
THIS SIDE OF PARADISE is a science fiction thriller reminiscent of THE STEPFORD WIVES. It was awarded the Hal Clement Award for best science fiction novel for young adults in the United States. This is Steven Layne's first novel and is far from perfect, but at the same time, has many characteristics that will appeal to young readers.
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"An entertaining, suspenseful thriller with a genuinely chilling villain. Good fun." "-Kirkus Reviews" "Steve Layne has a powerful, passionate vision and knows how to connect with young readers. The poignancy and empathy with which he tells this tale is a reminder that a book is more than mere words: it is a relationship between reader and author." "-"Neal Shusterman, author of "The Dark Side of Nowhere" "Part sci-fi thriller, part theme-park horror ride, this first novel is set in a paradise community where everything is perfectly controlled. The story is told in a wry contemporary voice by high-school junior Jack, who joins with his rebellious grandmother and resists his dad's plans to force the family into Paradise. What will hold teen readers is the horror of a parent prepared to do anything, even kill, in order to clone the perfect family." "-Booklist" Since Jack Barrett's father started working for the Eden Corporation, his desire for perfection has spiraled into a raging obsession that is out of control. When his father forcibly relocates the family to the village of Paradise, Jack uncovers a plot that threatens the existence of his entire family. Delving even further into the secrets of the village, he soon discovers just how high the price of perfection can be . . . and to what lengths some people are willing to go to obtain it. In this compelling thriller, Steven L. Layne takes readers on a suspenseful trek into the depths of the human psyche""posing provocative questions that linger long after the story's end. Read about Jack's continuing struggle with perfection in the exciting sequel, "Paradise Lost." Hal Clement Award, Best New Science Fiction Novel for Young Adults in the U.S. Best of the Best for Young Adults, Missouri Library Association Read Aloud Books Too Good to Miss, Indiana Library Federation Texas Lone Star Top 20 List Young Adult Choice Title, International Reading Association Accelerated Reader Program Selection Accelerated Reader and Scholastic Reading Counts! Selection
Steven L. Layne serves as director of the Master of Education in Literacy program at Judson University in Elgin, Illinois, where he teaches courses in reading methodology as well as in children's and adolescent literature. Dr. Layne is a respected literacy consultant, motivational keynote speaker, and featured author both in and outside of the United States.Dr. Layne has been honored with numerous awards for his work as an educator. In 2001, he received one of the Milken Family Foundation's Educaton Awards for excellence in teaching. He was also named to the 2001 All-USA Teacher Team by "USA Today" and was chosen as the Edwin A. Hoey Award winner for Outstanding Middle School Educator by the National Council of Teachers of English in 2001. He was the 2000 ICARE for Reading Award winner and the 1999 Junior High Reading Educator of the Year.Steven L. Layne is the author of several other books published by Pelican: "The Teachers' Night Before Christmas, " an International Reading Association/Children's Book Council Children's Choices selection"My Brother Dan's Delicious, " an International Reading Association/Children's Book Council Children's Choices selection"Over Land and Sea: A Story of International Adoption, " one of "Learnin"g magazine's Books for Special Kids for Back-to-School