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very young age that she would kill her true love, so Blue has made the choice that she won’t kiss any boys. No kissing, no true love, problem solved, right? But when the boy from the graveyard, Gansey, shows up on her doorstep looking for a psychic, Blue soon finds that her resolve to never kiss a boy won’t be such an easy decision to keep. And keeping Gansey alive might be even harder. Then there is Divergent by Veronica Roth (HarperCollins, 2011), a book all about the choices we make and how they affect not only us, but also others. In a dystopian future, people divide into factions based on

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a set of virtues such as courage, selflessness and honesty. But with time, those virtues have become twisted. Just after she turns 16, Beatrice must choose her faction. It can mean leaving her family and everything she cares about. When her test results show she is Divergent, a person without a clear faction to chose from, she must hide that fact, or risk death because being Divergent also means others can’t control her. And it turns out that isn’t a good thing. There are plenty of other young adult books where we can watch and root for people, where we can see the types of choices they make and how those choices affect them. Books where we can analyze those decisions, possibly realize that not all the decisions would be ones we would make. Thankfully, we live in a society where our choices don’t often mean the difference between life and death—although choosing the correct university can seem like it! Linda Frear comes from a family of readers. She learned to read while waiting in the children’s department as her mom chose library books. Linda tried to instill that same love of reading in her children, and there are now books in every room in her house. www.IslandParent.ca

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