Title: The Unwanteds
Author: Lisa McMann
Recommended for: 4th – 8th Grade
Pages: 390 pages
Call Number/Link: J MCM
Synopsis: In a society that purges thirteen-year-olds who are creative, identical twins Aaron and Alex are separated, one to attend University while the other, supposedly Eliminated, finds himself in a wondrous place where youths hone their abilities and learn magic.
An excellent adventure series. A group of thirteen-year-olds from Quill are brought to the death farm to be killed for being creative. The group is shocked when they are not killed at the death farm, but welcomed to Artime. Artime is a secret, magical world where creativity is celebrated. Alex is a twin and the head mage is afraid to teach Alex magic because of his twin connection. The causes a lot of conflict between Alex and his classmates and also internal conflict for Alex. When he is finally allowed higher training that is when we see the bond between Alex and Aaron become a problem. This book sets up the series of seven books. (At this point) I have finished the first six books and it is a great series that I think children will enjoy. In each book you learn more about the world and its history.