A beautifully crafted dystopian novel from award-winning author Meg McKinlay.A thought-provoking and challenging middle grade novel about an isolated society rocked by the consequences of a tiny discovery.Jena is the leader of the line, a job every girl in the village dreams of. Watched over by the Mothers as one of the chosen seven, years spent denying herself food and wrapping her limbs have paid off. She is small enough to tunnel into the mountain and gather the harvest, risking her life with each mission. This has always been the way of things, but change is coming. When her suspicions begin to heighten, Jena starts to question things and the boundaries of her world shift irrevocably.
by Heather Hansen
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"Lauren Ezzo's somber tones reflect the harsh world of the girls who risk their lives in mountain tunnels to bring the harvest to their isolated village. Through inflection and pacing, Ezzo imbues McKinlay's words with an enduring sorrow. Her greatest strength lies in her characterizations. There is a dogged curiosity to the young children and a cagey determination to key members of the village who are working to shape the lives of their people. The story captures the experiences of the villagers throughout the years, focusing primarily on Jena--a girl who yearns for life beyond the mountain and who works to uncover the secrets behind the rules of her society. A good listen for fans of dystopian fiction and mysteries. K.S.B. © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine"
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