Unwind ~ Neal Shusterman

Unwind by Neal Shusterman

Connor, Risa and Lev are running for their lives.

The Second Civil War was fought over reproductive rights. The chilling resolution: Life is inviolable from the moment of conception until age thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, parents can have their child "unwound," whereby all of the child's organs are transplanted into different donors, so life doesn't technically end. Connor is too difficult for his parents to control. Risa, a ward of the state, is not talented enough to be kept alive. And Lev is a tithe, a child conceived and raised to be unwound. Together, they may have a chance to escape -- and to survive.

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2009 Black-Eyed Susan Award -- High School (Winner)

2009 Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award -- Grades 9-12 (Winner)

2010 Evergreen Young Adult Book Award -- Young Adult (Winner)

2010 Green Mountain Book Award -- Grades 9-12 (Winner)

2010 Nevada Young Readers' Award -- Intermediate (Winner)

2010 Sequoyah Book Award -- Intermediate (Winner)

2010 Virginia Readers Choice Award -- High School (Winner)

2011 Nutmeg Book Award -- Teen (Winner)

2008 Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens -- Fourteen and Up (Recommended)

2009 Florida Teens Read -- Grades 9-12 (Nominee)

2009 Gateway Readers Award -- High School (Second Place)

2009 Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers -- Young Adult (Nominee)

2009 Tayshas Reading -- Young Adult (Commended)

2009 Texas Lone Star Reading List -- Young Adult (Commended)

2010 Beehive Award -- Young Adult (Nominee)

2010 Colorado Blue Spruce Award -- Young Adult (Nominee)

2010 Grand Canyon Reader Award -- Teen (Recommended)

2010 Isinglass Teen Read Award -- Grades 6-8 (Nominee)

2010 Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award -- Young Adult (Nominee)

2010 Rhode Island Teen Book Award -- Ages 12 & Up (Nominee)

2010 Sequoyah Book Award -- High School (Nominee)

2011 California Young Reader Medal -- Young Adult (Nominee)

2012 Iowa Teen Award -- Young Adult (Nominee)

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Neal Shusterman Book List


Nov-2007 (hardcover)

Jun-2009 (paperback)

335 pages

author series

Unwind - 1

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Young Adult / Teens




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