The List

The List

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Age Level: 10 and up - Grade Level: 5 to 8

A beautifully moving tale about the power of language and how far we'll go in the pursuit of freedom

"The fantasy book of the year."--Eoin Colfer, bestselling author of Artemis Fowl

You are The Wordsmith now. Are you ready for the challenge?

The city of Ark is the last safe place on Earth. To make sure humans are able to survive, everyone in Ark must speak List, a language of only 500 words. Everyone that is, except Letta.

As apprentice to the Wordsmith, Letta can read all the words that have ever existed. Forbidden words like freedom, music, and even pineapple tell her about a world she's never known.

One day her master disappears and the leaders of Ark tell Letta she is the new Wordsmith and must shorten List to fewer and fewer words. Then Letta meets a teenage boy who somehow knows all the words that have been banned. Letta's faced with a dangerous choice: sit idly by and watch language slowly slip away or follow a stranger on a path to freedom . . . or banishment.

Great for parents and educators looking for:
A story about the importance of words and language
A beautifully written narrative suitable for young adults as well as middle grade readers
A story featuring a strong, brave female character

A 2018 Notable Children's Books Selection
A 2018-19 Maine Student Book Award Winner
A 2018 Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year (Ages 12-14)
A Junior Library Guild Selection
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Product details

  • 10+
  • Hardback | 353 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 32mm | 454g
  • Naperville, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1492647969
  • 9781492647966
  • 652,157

Review quote

"[A] gripping postapocalyptic thriller... It is a well-crafted page-turner, as well as a compelling commentary on censorship and the role of language, while also inviting discussion about what distinguishes humans from animals. For dystopian fiction aficionados, this well-paced entry offers plenty of food for thought." - School Library Journal
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Rating details

2,966 ratings
3.63 out of 5 stars
5 20% (606)
4 36% (1,058)
3 33% (967)
2 9% (273)
1 2% (62)
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