In a world filled with sanctions and restrictions, Marena struggles to remember the past: a time before the Zero Tolerance Party murdered her mother and put her father under house arrest. A time before they installed listening devices in every home and forbade citizens to read or write. A time when she was free. In the spirit of her revolutionary mother, Marena forms her own resistance group—the White Rose.
This is a chilling dystopian novel that leads readers to question the very essence of their identities. Who do you think you are?
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James DeVita, a native of Long Island, NY, is an author and playwright. Along with his two novels, The Silenced and Blue, he has also written more than sixteen plays and adaptations of classics for young audiences. He is the resident playwright for First Stage Theater for Youth. His plays have been awarded the Distinguished Play Award by the American Alliance of Theater and Education; the Intellectual Freedom Award by the Council of Teachers of English/Language Arts; and he is a recipient of a Literature Fellowship for Fiction by the National Endowment for the Arts. James lives in Spring Green, Wisconsin with his wife and two children.Review:
Praise for The Silenced:
Wisconsin Library Association 2008 Outstanding Book
2008-2009 Texas Tayshas Reading List
2008-2009 Bookpage Notable Title
Read on Wisconsin! Book Choice
This is far and away the best young adult novel I have read for years It has a marvelously vibrant and courageous young heroine, and friends who may betray or help hard to predict. Best of all it is based on one of the most ultimately tough young women to grace this earth. The White Rose. After reading this book, you will want to read more about her.” Louise Erdrich
Tautly plotted novel ripe for discussion.” Kirkus Reviews
Gripping suspense combined with satisfyingly capable teen characters make this a good YA read a convincing dystopia.” Booklist
The Silenced is unique I would recommend this book to students and libraries for its unique approach and readability, and I believe it could be well used in a literature or social studies class to approach an introduction to Holocaust Education” Shoah Education
The gripping plot will engage readers and raise fundamental questions about individual responsibility and the cost of conscience.” VOYA
The book keeps up a fast pace that will appeal to teen readers. An interesting discussion of freedom and control that can be used as a conversation-starter as readers grapple with the question posed to Marena and the other students: 'Who do you think you are?'" Children’s Literature
James DeVita’s grim and sure-to-be-controversial novel of adolescence in a police state excellent, though troubling, novel." Bookpage (Notable Title)
Escapism with substance.” Seattle Times
With plenty of twists and betrayals, the fast-paced plot still gives readers time to reflect: Would they risk their lives for what they believe.” Stephanie Dunnewind
This surrealistic and grim world, wherein children are recruited to spy on their parents, lobotomized resisters are turned into unquestioning guards, and painting a rose can get you murdered, is hauntingly well developed, serving as the perfect challenge for the irascible and resolute Marena Compelling protagonist, terrifyingly realistic (sometimes only slightly exaggerated) setting, and gripping pace.” The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
This is a gripping read and young adults will certainly empathize with the characters' conflicts between self-expression and a desire to fit in. They will find the Zero Tolerance credo that the state's first priority must be the safety of its citizens to have a chilling resonance with statements in the news today.” School Library Journal
Praise for Blue:
American Booksellers Association Pick of the List
Virginia Center for Children’s Books Best Bet for the Classroom
The Center for Children’s Books Best Book of 2001
A cheerfully diverting fantasy about a boy who demonstrates that you really can become anything you want if you only believe.” Booklist
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