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The List

The List

Audio Library Digital

08/08/2017

491 minutes

9781520076775

Audio Retail Digital

08/08/2017

491 minutes

9781520076782

Audio CD

08/08/2017

7 Audio CD

491 minutes

9781520076751

Audio MP3 CD

08/08/2017

1 Audio MP3 CD

491 minutes

9781520076799

Playaway

08/08/2017

491 minutes

9781520076805

Playaway

08/08/2017

491 minutes

9781974950430

Description:

In the post-apocalyptic, neo-medieval city of Ark, speech is constrained to five hundred sanctioned words. If somewhere were to speak outside that approved lexicon, they'd face banishment. The only exceptions to this rule are the Wordsmith and his apprentice, Letta. Together, they are the keepers and archivists of all language. But when Letta's master dies, she is suddenly promoted to Wordsmith and finds the situation more complicated than she knew. While fulfilling her charge to collect and save words, she uncovers a sinister plan to suppress language and to rob Ark's citizens of their power of speech. Soon, she realizes that it's now not only up to her to save Ark's language but also its entire culture...

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This book is important because it targets the dangers of global warming and the power of communication, love and expression. Without these words that we have, our lives would be unimaginably different. I would definitely recommend this book to all keen readers out there., The Guardian (UK)

A novel that truly stands apart for its originality and relevance...a book about words, about language, about their power to civilise - and, in the wrong hands, to abuse and dehumanise. For a writer to deal with such themes it is the most basic of requirements that she herself should handle words in a manner which exploits their potential richness and resonance. Forde rises magnificently to the challenge...Forde's novel blends the futuristic with the retrospective, demanding that her readers consider their own language histories and their underlying philosophies. That she does this in the context of an engaging narrative accessible to a young readership is a gratifying bonus., Robert Dunbar, , The Irish Times

Imogen Wilde's solid narration spans the lyrical lilt of inquisitive Letta to the sneering madness of John Noa., School Library Journal

[The List] is warm, original, but most of all a tremendous page-turner., School Library Association

Forde's pacing and characterization are compelling..., Kirkus

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