Unwind by Neal Shusterman
In America after the Second Civil War, the Pro-Choice and Pro-Life armies came to an agreement: The Bill of Life states that human life may not be touched from the moment of conception until a child reaches the age of thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, a parent may choose to retroactively get rid of a child through a process called "unwinding." Unwinding ensures that the child's life doesn’t “technically” end by transplanting all the organs in the child's body to various recipients. Now a common and accepted practice in society, troublesome or unwanted teens are able to easily be unwound.

With breath-taking suspense, this book follows three teens who all become runaway Unwinds: Connor, a rebel whose parents have ordered his unwinding; Risa, a ward of the state who is to be unwound due to cost-cutting; and Lev, his parents' tenth child whose unwinding has been planned since birth as a religious tithing. As their paths intersect and lives hang in the balance, Shusterman examines serious moral issues in a way that will keep readers turning the pages to see if Connor, Risa, and Lev avoid meeting their untimely ends. This book is not for the squeamish, but is ultimately one that should be discussed and dissected, no pun intended!!!! I loved it, and it is perfect for a great summer read. Don't miss out on one of my favorite books.

Your Summer Assignment
1. Read the book and enjoy! Fill out a PLOT SHEET!!!!!

2. Draw up a will; instead of possessions, it's your personality that you're giving away. List your personality traits. What parts of your personality (your sense of humor, your determination, etc.) would you give away and to whom? You need to list at least 10 personality traits.

3. Pick ONE of the following projects from the list below:

Project 1:
Risa’s band plays “Don’t Fear the Reaper” among other songs for the teens who are going to be unwound. Put together a set list of songs your band would play if you were performing at a Harvest Camp (use real songs, songs you've heard on the radio, etc). 7 song minimum with lyrics (just copy and paste) and a paragraph explaining WHY.

Project 2:
Write a newspaper article dated one year after the end of the novel. What news event has just happened? (For example, a new election, a riot, a new
terrorist attack.) Has it changed anything fundamental about the society or the Bill of Life? Has the law been repealed? One page typed minimum for this project.

Project 3:
In the novel, Sonia, the owner of the antique shop, has each of the teens she helps write a letter to someone they love. Write your own letter to someone you love and, like the kids in the novel, put everything you want to say to that person, good and bad, in the letter. Would you be willing to show this letter to the person you wrote it to? Why or why not? What about in three or four years?

www.storyman.com Visit the author's cool website for more insight into this awesome summer READ! You want to continue reading about Conor, Risa and Lev? Pick up the sequel, UnWholly. The third book is titled, UnSouled. Teens control the fate of America in the fourth and final book, Undivided, released October, 2014.

Now watch the amazing book trailer. This is ONE of many found on YouTube!!!!!!!