*The Limit-- Kristen Landon

Release Date: September 7th, 2010
Genre: Middle Grade Fiction, futuristic
Pages: 288
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An eighth grade girl was taken today . . . With this first sentence, readers are immediately thrust into a fast-paced thriller that doesn't let up for a moment. In a world not too far removed from our own, kids are being taken away to special workhouses if their families exceed the monthly debt limit imposed by the government. Thirteen-year-old Matt briefly wonders if he might be next, but quickly dismisses the thought. After all, his parents are financially responsible, unlike the parents of those other kids. As long as his parents remain within their limit, the government will be satisfied and leave them alone. But all it takes is one fatal visit to the store to push Matt’s family over their limit—and to change his reality forever.
Review: What a FANTASTIC book! I don't know if you've noticed, but I RARELY review middle grade books. Why? I can't stand them. When I read a MG book I'm usually bored to tears or gagging on cheesiness.

Not The Limit.

When I finished this book I immediately wanted to run and give it to every MG-age boy I knew (girls will love it too). The language is at the perfect level for 9-13 year-olds, it features smart, capable kids fighting for right.

Someone asked me: "Do you think kids understand debt enough to get this book?"

Answer: Sure! The Limit makes debt very easy to understand by calling it The Limit. It makes it clear that spending more money than your are allowed to is BAD. A lesson that is very pertinent to EVERYONE this day-and-age.

With such a perfect blance of language, mystery, hope, and adventure, If you have/know a middle grade reader (or like MG yourself) GIVE THIS BOOK TO THEM. So cute and perfect.


  1. you should nominate it for the cybils, then! October 1! i'm on the MG panel. :D


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