My students really loved The Unwanteds. In fact, 28 students of mine from 3rd-5th grade read this and two other books for the 2014 California Young Readers’ Medal, a Medal awarded to the book that receives the most votes in a category from students throughout the state. The Unwanteds was the winner at our school and in the state.
When children in Quill turn 13, they wait to hear their judgement. Will they be Wanted, Necessary or Unwanted? Wanteds are the strongest in society and train to defend Quill from those outside. Necessarys provide the services needed by Wanteds. And the Unwanteds? Each year, the Unwanteds of Quill disappeear forever.
Expecting to be put to death, the Unwanteds actually enter a magical world very different from the decrepit and bleak world of Quill. Artime is a beautiful world full of color, where creativity is revered. Magical spells and creatures keep Artime safe from those in Quill who would destroy it, but those magic spells are wearing thin. Now, the residents of Artime must learn to use their talents to prepare for battle to save their world.
Will Artime survive? Read and find out. This series has captivated my students who are now reading the other two books in the series. I couldn’t put the book down myself.