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Year of the Crystal Children by E.M. Chandler

Thursday, June 18, 2015
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A realistic story that encourages teens to learn independently.

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When Bailey stumbles upon some strange men injecting a liquid into oranges intended for her and her classmates at school, and reports what she witnessed to the authorities, her world is turned upside down. She finds herself charged for breaking and entering, and vandalism; she is tried for these crimes, found guilty, and is sent to a minimum-security facility for juvenile offenders.

In the facility she soon discovers that her story is not unique; in one way or another, almost every other teen in the facility witnessed something similar and got locked up for it.

In this young adult suspense novel, readers follow Bailey and her new friends as they piece together the mystery behind the weird happenings in the area. Will they find enough evidence to alert the community, their parents, and the authorities as to what is happening, or will they fail and be locked away forever?

3 out of 5 rating, book review, On My Kindle

I really don't enjoy government-conspiracy type books, which is what Year of the Crystal Children reads like. The foreword that Chandler added to the book only added to my initial misgivings about the book; however, I appreciated it once I realized that it was meant to encourage teens to do some research and discuss some of the ethical dilemmas that we are presented with as we discover new technology.

The book's setting is a real region here in the U.S. and the characters are believable; this adds to the book's realism. I really liked the fact that the ethical dilemmas were defined in a way that teens can relate to and understand. I also liked the questions that the author posed at the end of the book. I wish that more authors did this so that teens would be inspired to learn independently and develop the critical thinking skills that they will need later on in life.

I think that I would have enjoyed this book as a teenager because it would have inspired me when writing reports for school; the subject matters of privacy and technology are research paper paydirt. For that reason alone, it's a decent read for teens.
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Year of the Crystal Children is available at:

Amazon.com - $4.99 eBook, $11.99 paperback
B&N.com - $11.99 paperback

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