Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

 I spoke about this book in assembly on Friday as a favourite of mine from the last few years.  Here is the part of the book I read, and also a booktrailer for you to look at.  This is the story of a world changed, when time slowed down, when the seasons went on and on, when time dragged...  this is one girls life as she looks back on the time it all started.

"This was middle school, the age of miracles, when kids shot up three inches over the summer, .... when voices dipped and dove.  Our first flaws were emerging, but they were being corrected.  Blurry vision could be fixed invisibly with the magic of the contact lens.  Crooked teeth were pulled straight with braces.  Spotty skin could be chemically cleared.  Some girls were turning beautiful.  A few boys were growing tall. ...... It was that time of life:  Talents were rising to the surface, weaknesses were beginning to show through, we were finding out what kinds of people we would be.  Some would turn out beautiful, some funny, some shy.  Some would be smart, some smarter.  The beloved, I sensed, would be beloved for life.  And I worried that loneliness might work that way too.  Maybe loneliness was imprinted in my genes, lying dormant for years but now coming into full bloom."

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