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|Island of silence|
Author: McMann, Lisa
Book 2--As the Wanteds, Unwanteds, and Necessaries struggle to adjust to changes in their society, Mr. Today begins training fourteen-year-old Alex to replace him as Artime's leader one day while Alex's disgraced twin, Aaron, connives to take over Quill.
Unwanteds, Book 2
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 5.40
Points: 11.0 Quiz: 153742
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 6-8
Reading Level: 6.40
Points: 17.0 Quiz: 59729
Common Core Standards
Grade 3 → Reading → RL Literature → 3.RL Key Ideas & Details
Grade 3 → Reading → RL Literature → 3.RL Craft & Structure
Grade 3 → Reading → RL Literature → 3.RL Integration & Knowledge of Ideas
Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Key Ideas & Details
Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Craft & Structure
Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Integration & Knowledge of Ideas
Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → Texts Illustrating the Complexity, Quality, & Rang
Kirkus Reviews (08/01/12)
School Library Journal (02/01/13)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 09/02/2012 Book two of the Unwanteds fantasy series explores the aftermath of war and the uneasy peace that has settled over militaristic Quill and magical Artimé. Alex finds himself the unexpected heir to magician Mr. Today, while his twin brother, Aaron, plots revenge and a return to his former status within Quill. Also of interest to Alex and his friends are the mysterious islands that surround their own—especially after two silent castaways drift into Artimé. The development—or rather, stagnation—of Quill continues to be the least compelling story line. Aaron often sounds more like a petulant teenager than a savvy instigator of political machinations, and it’s difficult to believe anyone would accept him as a leader. But the titular island holds potential for a truly engaging plot twist, and it will hopefully feature more prominently as the story continues. After a devastating cliff-hanger where all that was won is seemingly lost, and the fate of several central characters is uncertain at best, it is clear that there are many scores still to settle and secrets yet to be revealed. - Copyright 2012 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 02/01/2013 Gr 4–7—This sequel to McMann's Unwanteds (S & S, 2011) begins in a much happier place than its predecessor. The dictatorial leader of the regimented land of Quill is dead, and its citizens are now free to travel or relocate to the magical land of Artimé. Mister Today, Artimé's leader, is grooming Alex Stowe for leadership, and Alex and his friends Meghan, Lani, and Samheed continue to be some of the most creative and talented magicians of Artimé. In Quill, Alex's power-hungry twin, Aaron, gathers support to attack Artimé and rule Quill. As Quillens begin sporadic raids into Artimé, two children wash up on Artimé's beach, their necks pierced with iron thorns. In the space of a single, horrible day, Alex's friends vanish, Quillen forces attack, and Mister Today disappears. It is up to Alex to don the mantle of leadership and save the day. This work does not stand on its own but it does serve nicely as a continuation of the series. McMann allows her characters to grow as, indeed, does her world. The situations follow logically, and the author gives readers some hope for the future, despite the dire circumstances at the conclusion.—Eric Norton, McMillan Memorial Library, Wisconsin Rapids, WI - Copyright 2013 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.