The House of Tomorrow

By Peter Bognanni
(Berkley Books, Paperback, 9780425238882, 368pp.)

Publication Date: March 1, 2011

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Summer '11 Reading Group List
“The House of Tomorrow sparkles with great dialogue between its two main characters, Sebastian, a home schooled science nerd, and Jared, a heart transplant recipient and punk rock devotee. Their respective guardians, the strong-willed Nana and the worried and overworked Janice, have to struggle with the realities of living a full life. When their worlds collide, it's a matter of how one chooses to live -- and we go willingly along for the ride in this debut novel that perfectly captures teen angst, spirit, and heart.”
-- Valerie Koehler, Blue Willow Bookshop, Houston, TX

"A funny and unique debut." ("Publishers Weekly").
Sebastian Prendergast lives with his eccentric grandmother in a geodesic dome. His homeschooling has taught him much-but he's learned little about girls, junk food, or loud, angry music.
Then fate casts Sebastian out of the dome, and he finds a different kind of tutor in Jared Whitcomb: a chain-smoking sixteen-year-old heart transplant recipient who teaches him the ways of rebellion. Together they form a punk band and plan to take the local church talent show by storm. But when his grandmother calls him back to the futurist life she has planned for him, he must decide whether to answer the call-or start a future of his own.

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  1. Do you think Nana is brainwashed with Fuller's idealist lifestyle, or does she really believe it? Why do you think she finds it better to keep Sebastian sequestered at the dome than allow him to interact with the outside world regularly?

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