You'll Like It Here (everybody Does)

You'll Like It Here (everybody Does)

Book - 2011
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Although Meggie Blue seems to be an average sixth-grader she is abnormally frightened when residents of her small, North Carolina town become fixated on aliens, and soon she and her family are forced to flee, making it clear that all is not as it seems.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385908139
038590813X
9780385739986
0385739982
Branch Call Number: WHITE R
Characteristics: 258 p. ; 22 cm

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branch_reviews Mar 14, 2012

here is more to pre-teen Maggie Blue that she herself knows - or her teenaged brother, mother or grandfather is letting on. A childhood memory of a crazed man almost attacking her at school triggers recurrent nightmares. When she succumbs to her panic attacks she screams wildly - in an alien language. When rumours spread that the Blues are aliens, they flee from the fear and fury of their once-loving friends and neighbours. This fast-paced dystopian novel takes the Blues from the ordinary comfort of their life in a small North Carolina town to another world where they are challenged to blend in once again. This new world –with its friendly, welcoming folks – provides everyone with food, clothing, employment, shelter and free vacations post-retirement. But it is also a world that does not tolerate “gross uniqueness”, individual enterprise or talent. Can the Blues keep their uniqueness from showing? Can they adjust to this environment that promises a lot but delivers little? Or must they search for a “better” world. This thought-provoking simply-written story can be read easily by a pre-teen; but the deeper issues and philosophy that underlie it can be better discerned or debated by teens. Reviewed by KB

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branch_reviews Mar 06, 2012

There is more to pre-teen Maggie Blue that she herself knows - or her teenaged brother, mother or grandfather is letting on. A childhood memory of a crazed man almost attacking her at school triggers recurrent nightmares. When she succumbs to her panic attacks she screams wildly - in an alien language. When rumours spread that the Blues are aliens, they flee from the fear and fury of their once-loving friends and neighbours. This fast-paced dystopian novel takes the Blues from the ordinary comfort of their life in a small North Carolina town to another world where they are challenged to blend in once again. This new world –with its friendly, welcoming folks – provides everyone with food, clothing, employment, shelter and free vacations post-retirement. But it is also a world that does not tolerate “gross uniqueness”, individual enterprise or talent. Can the Blues keep their uniqueness from showing? Can they adjust to this environment that promises a lot but delivers little? Or must they search for a “better” world. This thought-provoking simply-written story can be read easily by a pre-teen; but the deeper issues and philosophy that underlie it can be better discerned or debated by teens.
Reviewed by KB

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