Bloomsbury, 9781619636361, $16.99The Firefly Code cover

Mori and her friends live a normal life on Firefly Lane in their utopian community, Old Harmonie. In a world this safe and perfect, they’ve never had to question anything . . . never had to wonder about how their lives came to be. Until a new girl named Ilana moves in. She’s so perfect that Mori and her friends are curious . . . Where exactly did Ilana come from, and why does she act so strange sometimes? When Ilana’s secret is revealed, the kids on Firefly Lane must decide: is it finally time to start questioning the only world they’ve ever known?

In a stunningly imaginative story, critically acclaimed author Megan Frazer Blakemore takes readers on a journey with five friends–new and old–that will have everyone talking about not just what makes people human, but what makes them true friends.

Reviews:

“In this gripping novel, Blakemore (The Friendship Riddle) creates a disturbingly ordered world in which questions about friendship and family offer courageous and heartwarming testaments to the human spirit.” – Publisher’s Weekly

“The themes are strong, and the depiction of a tightly controlled world at the expense of individuality will surely fascinate fans of Lois Lowry’s The Giver . . . A very good selection for middle grade readers drawn to high-concept science fiction.” –  School Library Journal

“Will have children turning pages and thinking about important questions. An excellent choice for those who love Lois Lowry’s The Giver or Margaret Peterson Haddix’s sci-fi adventures.” –  Booklist

“This creepy, memorable novel is a welcome addition to the relative few utopian/ dystopian books for pre-YA readers.” – BCCB

“Blakemore gives readers lots to think about and discuss, making THE FIREFLY CODE very entertaining. A highly recommended novel!” – Sarah Rachel Egelman, Kidsreads

The Firefly Code has a perfect combination of intriguing science fiction and realistic tween interaction. I enjoyed every page, and look forward to what promises to be at least one more book set in Mori’s world. Highly recommended!” – Jen Robinson at Jen Robinson’s Book Page

A “welcome addition to the dystopic utopia genre” – Kirkus Reviews

School Library Journal’s Sneak Peek Says: “The author of the 2013 sleeper hit, The Water Castle (Bloomsbury), returns to speculative fiction in this new middle grade work that has been compared to The Giver.”

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