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Melly and Anny Beth are fifteen - and can no longer drive a car. Soon they won't be able to walk...or feed themselves. They had both lived full lives - Melly was one hundred years old, and had been left in a nursing home, waiting to die. Then Melly and Anny Beth were selected for Project Turnabout and were given an injection to make them grow younger. It worked - but the follow-up shot, which was supposed to stop the unaging process, has killed everyone who has taken it. Melly and Anny Beth have left the project and taken care of themselves for the past eighty-five years. But who will take care of them when they can no longer take care of themselves?
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Margaret Peterson Haddix is the author of many award-winning novels for young readers, including Amongst the Hidden, and Running Out of Time. She lives near Columbus, Ohio, with her husband and their children.From School Library Journal:
Grade 6-10-Eighty-five years ago, Melly and Anny Beth were old women participating in a highly secret research study that reversed the aging process. However, the directors of Project Turnabout couldn't halt the reversal, and the women have "unaged" back into teenagers. Soon they will become so young that they will no longer care for themselves. Even worse, a reporter's interest in Melly is threatening to destroy the privacy that the teens alone still value in the publicity-mad culture of the year 2085. The suspense is unflagging as the two flee from unwanted exposure and search for a way to live out the rest of their days. The futuristic setting, including the consensual media circus of daily life, is scarily believable. The girls are well drawn, distinct characters, their teenaged selves logical extensions of their adult personas with one important difference: Melly and Anny Beth have learned from the mistakes of their "first lives" and accomplished more the second time around. The novel ends with the suggestion that longer life might be a blessing, an unusual perspective in science fiction and fantasy for young people, where extreme longevity is often depicted as a burden. Recommend this one to fans of Michael Crichton and Robin Cook, or pair it with Natalie Babbitt's Tuck Everlasting (Farrar, 1975) for a thoughtful discussion about human life and human potential.
Beth Wright, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, VT
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