The List


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$9.99  $9.29
Sourcebooks Young Readers
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5.5 X 8.2 X 1.0 inches | 0.82 pounds

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About the Author

Patricia Forde has published several picture books as well as three novels for children with Little Island Books. She has won two White Raven Awards and has twice been shortlisted for the Children's Books Ireland Book of the Year. The List is a Library Association of America Notable Book for Children. Bumpfizzle the Best on Planet Earth was the Dublin UNESCO Citywide Read 2019.


"An electric sci-fi novel with a strong ecological and moral stance." - The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"[A] gripping postapocalyptic thriller... it is a well-crafted page-turner, as well as a compelling commentary on censorship and the role of language, while also inviting discussion about what distinguishes humans from animals. For dystopian fiction aficionados, this well-paced entry offers plenty of food for thought.
" - School Library Journal
"Forde's pacing and characterization are compelling... An intriguing speculation about authoritarian futures with a terrific cover." - Kirkus
"Forde's exploration of language as both weapon and savior is a noble one, and environmental undertones bolster its power. Pair with Patrick Ness' The Knife of Never Letting Go.
" - Booklist
"This novel could be compared Jeanne DuPrau's The City of Ember (Random House, 2003) where the corrupt government controls the necessities of life."" - School Library Connection
"Patricia Forde crafts a richly imagined future society, the development of which feels all too plausible in today's climate... This is a story with a message and a purpose, one full of relevance and originality. With this novel, Forde reminds us that words do hold power, both to heal and to destroy, and that because of this we should be mindful of how we employ them. This is a love letter to the ways love and art can lift our spirits and replenish our souls in a world that often seems dark.
" - BookPage
"compelling to readers of all ages, The List is a spellbinding book about language, the environment, and humanity's role in protecting them both...A beautiful and absorbing read you won't soon forget." -