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Westerfeld, Scott. Uglies.

WESTERFELD, Scott. Uglies. Simon & Schuster, Pulse. 426p. c2005.0-689-86538-4. $6.99. JSA *

Tally is a perfectly normal girl. She goofs off with her Uglyville friends and longs for her 16th birthday, when she'll have the operation that will make her pretty--perfectly beautiful, like all adults in her society. Then she can move to New Pretty Town and party all the time. But her new friend Shay isn't so sure about the operation. Shay would rather keep her own ugly face. So she runs away to Smoke, a legendary settlement outside the city, where there are no pretties and everyone has to work the land to survive. The city authorities want to find and destroy Smoke, so they give Tally a choice: follow Shay, find Smoke, and give away its location to them ... or never turn pretty at all.

This book, the first in a trilogy, asks engaging questions about the meaning of beauty, individuality, and betrayal. Highly recommended for SF fans or anyone who likes a good, thoughtful adventure. Samantha Musher, Lib. Science Student, Simmons College, Boston, MA

J--Recommended for junior high school students. The contents are of particular interest to young adolescent and their teachers.

S--Recommended for senior high school students.

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Author:Musher, Samantha
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Date:Mar 1, 2005
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