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Restoring Harmony

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ISBN13: 9780399252815
ISBN10: 0399252819
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The year is 2041, and sixteen-year-old Molly McClure has lived a relatively quiet life on an isolated farming island in Canada, but when her family fears the worst may have happened to her grandparents in the U.S., Molly must brave the dangerous, chaotic world left after global economic collapse — one of massive oil shortages, rampant crime, and abandoned cities.

Molly is relieved to find her grandparents alive in their Portland suburb, but they are financially ruined and practically starving. What should have been a quick trip turns into a full-fledged rescue mission. And when Molly witnesses something the local crime bosses wishes she hadn't, Molly's only way home may be to beat them at their own game. Luckily, there's a handsome stranger who's willing to help.

Restoring Harmony is a riveting, fast-paced dystopian tale complete with adventure and romance that readers will devour.

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"Adeptly combining adventure and romance, Anthony's debut is a tense and often charming tale that never lets its use of the oh-so-trendy dystopian future trope overwhelm some great characters. Molly, a 16-year-old fiddler who lives with her family on a small Canadian island, sets out for Portland, Ore., to see to the health of her grandparents. Various environmental and economic calamities have made communication and travel difficult, and Molly learns many of the harsh realities as she travels south. Once she reaches her grandparents, lacking the money to return home, she puts her gardening skills to use to help her neighbors and meets a handsome boy who goes by the name of Spill. Her troubles are compounded when she learns of the local criminal organization, and her mother's pregnancy makes getting back to Canada more urgent. Anthony occasionally misfires — some of Molly's naïveté toward the outside world is overdone, and the complex rules the criminals follow are silly and contrived — but for the most part, the focus is on Molly's toughness and ability to handle and overcome problems. Ages 12 and up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

The year is 2041, and 16-year-old Molly McClure has lived a relatively quiet life on an isolated farming island in Canada, but when her family fears the worst may have happened to her grandparents in the U.S., Molly must brave the dangerous, chaotic world left after global economic collapse.

About the Author

Joëlle currently lives on a tiny island in British Columbia with her musician husband, Victor Anthony. As for the future, their only plan is to avoid real jobs, write and play guitar in front of the wood stove, and live happily ever after.

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Cathy from Olympia, Washington, November 17, 2010 (view all comments by Cathy from Olympia, Washington)
The year? 2041. 16-year-old Molly McClure and her family are lucky. They have a home, each other and enough to eat. They lead a quiet, self-sufficient life on their own farm in a small island community in British Columbia. When her family is unable to contact relatives in the U.S., they fear the worst may have happened to her estranged grandparents, and Molly is sent to Oregon alone to try and bring them back to the island. She must brave the chaotic world left after global economic Collapse of 2031. The oil-dependent U.S. has been particularly hard hit by massive energy shortages, rampant organized crime, abandoned cities, and wide-spread poverty. After an exhausting trip of several days, Molly finally arrives in Gresham, Oregon (a suburb of Portland), and discovers that her grandparents are alive, though penniless and nearly starving. How can Molly bring her grandparents safely up to B.C. when all she has to offer is farming know-how and a musical gift as a fiddler? A vivid, sometimes disturbing read about an all to possible dystopian future.


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Courtesy of Mother Daughter Book Club com, June 10, 2010 (view all comments by Courtesy of Mother Daughter Book Club com)
Sixteen-year-old Molly is on the adventure of her life. Sneaking into the U. S. from her family’s farm in Canada, she’s on a mission to find out if her grandparents are still alive and living near Portland, Oregon. Travel is severely restricted in a time when most of the world’s oil has run out, and governments tightly control what’s left. Communication is sporadic, and Molly must adjust to changing and unanticipated circumstances before she makes her way to her grandparents’ doorstep.

She finds them alive, but they are eking out an existence with little food and no prospects for the future. Molly must convince them to leave the city and return to Canada with her, even though the journey is sure to be difficult and uncertain, with no way to determine how long it will take. She must also figure out a way to escape the local Mafia, which is intent on keeping her around after she overhears them threaten to kill a neighbor. But with the help of her new friend, Spill, she just might find a way for all of them to go home.

Restoring Harmony by Joelle Anthony will transport you into life in the 2040s. Anthony paints a vivid picture of this world without ready gasoline. With no strong government to support infrastructure, organized crime controls most routine transactions. Food is hard to come by. Travel and communication is sparse. Health care is limited.

Molly is a great heroine for her time. Raised on a farm, she has learned self-sufficiency, and she’s not afraid to work. Spared of the realities of a tough city life, she still believes in the goodness of people. She plays the fiddle to restore her own inner harmony and to soothe others as well.

Topics to discuss include the book’s portrayal of this future world and book club members’ own perceptions of what the future may bring. You can also talk about family relationships, adapting to uncertain circumstances, being self-sufficient, contributing to a community, discovering a new friendship, and finding a possible love interest. Anthony has a great book trailer as well as recordings of some of the music highlighted in the book on her website, http://joelleanthony.com/. I highly recommend Restoring Harmony for mother-daughter book clubs with girls aged 13 and up.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780399252815
Author:
Anthony, Joelle
Publisher:
Putnam Publishing Group
Author:
Anthony, Jo'elle
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Islands
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Edition Description:
B-Hardcover
Publication Date:
20100531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 7 up to AND UP
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.44x5.90x1.07 in. .96 lbs.
Age Level:
12-12

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Product details 320 pages Putnam Publishing Group - English 9780399252815 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Adeptly combining adventure and romance, Anthony's debut is a tense and often charming tale that never lets its use of the oh-so-trendy dystopian future trope overwhelm some great characters. Molly, a 16-year-old fiddler who lives with her family on a small Canadian island, sets out for Portland, Ore., to see to the health of her grandparents. Various environmental and economic calamities have made communication and travel difficult, and Molly learns many of the harsh realities as she travels south. Once she reaches her grandparents, lacking the money to return home, she puts her gardening skills to use to help her neighbors and meets a handsome boy who goes by the name of Spill. Her troubles are compounded when she learns of the local criminal organization, and her mother's pregnancy makes getting back to Canada more urgent. Anthony occasionally misfires — some of Molly's naïveté toward the outside world is overdone, and the complex rules the criminals follow are silly and contrived — but for the most part, the focus is on Molly's toughness and ability to handle and overcome problems. Ages 12 and up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , The year is 2041, and 16-year-old Molly McClure has lived a relatively quiet life on an isolated farming island in Canada, but when her family fears the worst may have happened to her grandparents in the U.S., Molly must brave the dangerous, chaotic world left after global economic collapse.
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