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The Unnameables

Ellen Booraem

Paperback

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Winter 2009 Kids' List

“The well-ordered, rigid home of foundling Medford Runyuin is an island called 'Island' because names should identify and usefulness is imperative. Feeling like an outcast, he struggles to conform until two very unconventional 'stinky' new friends enter his world and send everything awhirl. This is a marvelous tribute to change and creativity!”
— Kathy Carrigan, Harry W. Schwartz Bookshop, Brookfield, WI
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Description

Medford lives on a neat, orderly island called—simply—Island.
     Islanders like names that say exactly what a thing (or a person) is or does. Medford Runyuin is different. A foundling, he has a meaningless name that is just one of many reminders that he’s an outsider. He also has a secret that could get him banished from Island forever.
     A strange creature is about to arrive on Island, and Medford’s secret will be out before he can blink twice.

 


Praise For The Unnameables

"Booraem’s debut is an ever-surprising, genre-defying page-turner. Realistic characters deal with philosophical problems in vivid, flowing prose that is evocative and often funny. A sort of combination of witch-trial–era Salem and The Giver, this book offers a treat with nearly every page turn.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review   "The novel’s humor and amiable tone make it a highly-accessible but thought-provoking read."--The Horn Book Magazine "Avid readers in middle school and high school will enjoy a tale that combines magic with an almost puritanical culture."--VOYA (5Q4P)

Clarion Books, 9780547552132, 336pp.

Publication Date: March 21, 2011



About the Author

ELLEN BOORAEM was an award-winning journalist for numerous Maine newspapers for thirty years until she decided to devote her time to her writing. She lives in Brooklin, Maine, where in addition to fiction writer, she is a mentor, writing coach, and substitute teacher. She is also a founding director of the Brooklin Youth Corps, a summertime self-esteem program for teenagers. The Unnameables is her first children’s novel.