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In this powerful conclusion to The List, Letta wields the power of words to save the world.
The city of Ark is no longer safe. Before the rebellion, everyone could only speak List, a language of just 500 words. But when Letta became the Wordsmith, the keeper of all the words that have ever existed, she learned that being able to express yourself is what makes us human.
And now, the new ruler has wicked plans to eliminate language once and for all: If babies never hear a single word, they will never learn to speak.
Letta and the other rebels must find a way to defeat the evil for good before they lose the very thing that will set them free.
Praise for The List
• 2018 Notable Children's Books for Older Readers (ALA)
• Junior Library Guild Selection
• 2018-19 Maine Student Book Award Title
• 2018 Best Children's Books of the Year (Bank Street College of Education)
“An intriguing speculation about authoritarian futures with a terrific cover.” —Kirkus Reviews
“An electric sci-fi novel with a strong ecological and moral stance.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
"[A] well-crafted page-turner, as well as a compelling commentary on censorship and the role of language."—School Library Journal
“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
“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
“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