Thursday, April 7, 2016

Under Their Skin by Margaret Haddix - ESSENTIAL

Haddix, Maragret Peterson Under Their Skin, 311 pages.  Simon & Schuster, 2016.  $17.  Content: G.

Eryn and Nick’s mom has announced that she is getting remarried.  While the twelve-year-old twins are okay with their new stepfather, they are weirded out when their mom tells them that Michael also has twins, also 12, but Eryn and Nick will never meet them, because Jackson and Ava spends alternate week sat their mother’s house, just like Nick and Eryn spend alternate weeks at their father’s house.  This doesn’t set well with the two and they set out to discover what is so odd about their stepsiblings.  What they discover seems like it is out of some bad science fiction book and they set off a long-anticipated chain of events.

Shame on me for being initially skeptical when I started reading this book.  Haddix has actually exceeded my expectations masterfully and created another future-looking novel which should be mandatory reading by all of these computer scientists who are trying to create robots that think for themselves.  Books like these are why I will never own a car that drives itself – I’m going for a reasonably low level of technology in my life!

EL, MS – ESSENTIAL.  Cindy, Library Teacher

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