Turnabout by Margaret Peterson Haddix

March 17, 2010
I want you to close your eyes and imagine this. You are a shriveled up, wrinkly, old woman, a hundred years old. Yeah, yeah, I know, “What in the world is up with this person?” But trust me, it gets even worse. Imagine that your family doesn't want you anymore, because you are a burden. Hence, they send you off to a nursery home, promising you that they'll come and visit and call and check on you….but what do you know? Zip, zing zero. You never find out how your daughter's great granddaughter's baby is doing, if your son's grandson's cancer is healing, and so on and so forth. Nobody cares if you care about them. And why would they?
You're going to die any time now.
So you are waiting to die, and be carried off by angels from this polluted, icky planet into the stars and skies of the heavens. (I overdid it a bit haven't I? Anyway….carrying on…)
THEN. Then, one day you squint your damaged eyes which had seen all that had to be seen “back in those days” and there are these men in white coats are sitting on your small bed smiling at you, and they ask you, “Mrs. Hazelwood, how would you like to become YOUNGER?” And you croak, “Heck yeah!” and they inject you something called PT-1 and BAM.
Welcome to Project Turnabout, my friends.
As Amelia Hazelwood and Anny Beth rejuvenate, their stories of the past are revealed every other chapter switching from the past. 2000, to the “present,” 2085. The minute both characters hit their teens, that question arises….
What's going to happen when they hit zero?
This futuristic, science fiction novel by Margaret Peterson Haddix has readers captivated into a rather different situation, where the struggle to answer that one question leads to new secrets, surprises, and a long going "race against humanity for the price of their lives."
How here's my question for YOU. Is it really worth doing something that goes in opposition to the most humane and natural element of life?
Ooh, that's a tough one. I've got a little tip…
Check out Turnabout by Margaret Peterson Haddix and find out.

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hatty said...
Mar. 21, 2011 at 1:39 pm
this is a reeeeaaaally good book.....i really like it!!!!!!!!
Katie said...
Apr. 6, 2010 at 12:16 pm
I like your review. The book Turnabout is a really good book, I thought. It was cool to see I'm not the only one who liked it! :)
KonyaB!!! This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Apr. 6, 2010 at 4:40 pm
Yup, it's a really good book!!! Have you read the Shadow children series?
emily.a replied...
May 27, 2010 at 11:20 am
i really agree with it being a great book.unfortunately,i haven't read the shadow children yet..
Sylvie said...
Apr. 3, 2010 at 10:33 am
Good review, I think I'll read it. =) I enjoyed how you made the reader put themselves into the main character's shoes. Interesting tactic!
KonyaB!!! This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Apr. 3, 2010 at 10:54 am
Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Katie replied...
Apr. 6, 2010 at 12:20 pm
I agree with Sylvie. I really like your review, it was very to-the-point. :)!!!!!
KonyaB!!! This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Apr. 12, 2010 at 3:36 pm
THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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