Wednesday, November 2, 2016


The Kidliterati Ten is an interview series with young readers. We ask them about a favorite book and hope you enjoy the answers.

Tell us a little about yourself: what is your first name, how old are you, and what is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Liliana. 11. My favorite ice cream is chocolate extreme. I think that’s what it’s called. It has a LOT of chocolate.

What book did you read and why did you choose it?
I read GONE by Michael Grant. I chose it because it was in my English teacher’s room and I liked the description on the back.

Can you describe this book in one word?

What was your favorite part of this story?
[Spoiler alert] When Sam saves his friends and kills the coyotes. That was the first real time we used his power.

If you had a problem similar to the main character's problem, what would you do?
[laughs] Probably break down, maybe, then try to round up everyone I could find. Definitely breaking down first, though. My parents and big sister would be gone. I think that’s pretty break-down worthy.

What would you say to your best friend to convince them to read this book?
I would say it’s the perfect blend of action and adventure. It kept me reading and reading until really late. Don’t tell my mom.

What do you think about the book's cover?
It gives the right mood.

Would you want to read a similar book? Why or why not?
Yes. Books like this are now very, very high on my list.

Can you name another book that reminds you of this one?
Actually, no. It’s very unique. It has it’s own power.

If you could ask the author one question about this book, what would it be?
Did you come up with any other acronyms for FAYZ? Was that your first choice?

Thank you, Liliana!

GONE by Michael Grant

In the blink of an eye, everyone disappears. Gone. Except for the young.

There are teens, but not one single adult. Just as suddenly, there are no phones, no internet, no television. No way to get help. And no way to figure out what's happened.

Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents—unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers—that grow stronger by the day. It's a terrifying new world. Sides are being chosen, a fight is shaping up. Townies against rich kids. Bullies against the weak. Powerful against powerless. And time is running out: On your 15th birthday, you disappear just like everyone else... 

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