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Inside the walls of the True Cause compound, Elinor feels safe and content with her fellow members and wants nothing to do with the Outsiders who want to investigate their private world, but when she remembers her childhood, Elinor begins to reflect on the happy life she had beyond the realm of True Cause.
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Judy Waite is also the author of Shopaholic. She was born in England but was raised in Singapore. A teacher, she currently lives with her family in Southhampton, England.From School Library Journal:
Grade 8 Up–This novel examines modern-day cults from an insiders point of view. Elinor, 15, is a Follower of the True Cause cult, which is headed by Howard, a power-driven, mentally unstable demagogue. The Followers, all of whom seem to be young females, earn their keep by selling The Book and encouraging Outsiders to become New Joiners. When they reach the age of 16, they become Howards brides. Elinors brainwashed life gradually changes after she encounters Jamie, a handsome Outsider who begins to sow doubts in her about the cult. She starts to have feelings, show self-awareness, take an interest in how she looks, and think independently. Her story is related through interior monologues permeated with references to the Newspeak-type of language True Cause foists on its members. Elinors first-person narrative gives readers a view of her changing, confused thoughts as well as her climactic escape and reintroduction to the outside world. The mantralike use of language is sometimes forced, but the story moves quickly to a message-laden climax that readers will not soon forget.–Jack Forman, Mesa College Library, San Diego
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