By Caragh M. O'Brien

Roaring Brook Press, Hardcover, 9781596435704, 356pp.

Publication Date: November 8, 2011


Striking out into the wasteland with nothing but her baby sister, a handful of supplies, and a rumor to guide her, sixteen-year-old midwife Gaia Stone survives only to be captured by the people of Sylum, a dystopian society where women rule the men who drastically outnumber them, and a kiss is a crime.  In order to see her sister again, Gaia must submit to their strict social code, but how can she deny her sense of justice, her curiosity, and everything in her heart that makes her whole?

About the Author
Since earning a master's in writing at Johns Hopkins University, Caragh O'Brien has been a high school teacher, a published author of romance novels, and now a novelist for teens. Her first young adult novel, "Birthmarked", was a Junior Library Guild selection and an American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults, and was nominated for the YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults list as well as the 2010 Amelia Bloomer list.

Praise For Prized

“Although this is undeniably a dystopia, it is filled with romance and beauty…”--School Library Journal

“…this series practically begs to be a book club selection.” --VOYA “Fans of Kristin Cashore’s Graceling books should know about O’Brien’s writing: these are smart, tough romances.” --Booklist "Much like Birthmarked, Caragh again creates a vivid dystopian world that was so easy to imagine as the story goes on." - Mundie Moms blog  "Prized was an intriguing read that I didn't want to put down. Most of the characters are absolutely lovely, and the plot is one to get you hooked! I am eagerly anticipating the last book in the trilogy, I am very curious to see where Caragh M O'Brien will take readers after the unpredictable twist Prized ends with. " - The Book Cellar "Readers who loved Birthmarked by Caragh M. O’Brien will definitely not want to miss out on its sequel Prized, nor will fans of Shift by Charlotte Agell, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Delirium by Lauren Oliver, and Dark Parties by Sara Grant." - The Book Muncher