The Cure

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Harcourt Brace, 1999 - Juvenile Fiction - 181 pages
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Deviant. Rebellious. Abnormal. The Elders say Gemm 16884 is all these things, and that he is a threat to the utopian society in which he lives. The Elders give him one chance to save himself: He must undergo the mysterious and painful “cure,” or he and his twin sister, Gemma, will be automatically recycled. Gemm chooses “the cure” and finds himself in the year 1348, at the onset of the Black Death. He is now Johannes, sixteen, living in Strasbourg--a town beset by anti-Semitism. Johannes struggles to hold on to his faith and family, his love for Margarite, his passion for music, and his belief in the goodness of human beings. But can the will of one boy change the world? Award-winning author Sonia Levitin weaves a chilling tale of a futuristic society colliding with the past--and delivers an unforgettable message about the recurring nature of history.

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Still, I LOVE her writing. - LibraryThing
Interesting idea, but abrupt ending. - Goodreads
There is her indefatigable research. - LibraryThing
The writing is easy and her humor is generally fun. - LibraryThing
I think Mary Roach is a hilarious writer. - LibraryThing
I still can't get over the quality of Roach's writing. - LibraryThing

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User Review  - Mirandalg14 - LibraryThing

YAH!!! Another Mary Roach! While not as great as some of the others, it was still good. My favorite parts were the mention of the Donner Party and the Donner Picnic Grounds and the footnote about ... Read full review

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User Review  - yougotamber - LibraryThing

I'll give this 3.5 stars because I love the Authors comic approach to science topics. Makes a fun read although I think this topic just didn't do it for me. I'm too skeptical about all of it that ... Read full review

About the author (1999)

Sonia Levitin is the author of many acclaimed works of historical fiction, including The Return, a Parents' Choice Honor Book and winner of the National Jewish Book Award; Journey to America, an ALA Notable Book; and Escape from Egypt, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and a Booklist Editors' Choice. Ms. Levitin writes and teaches in Los Angeles.

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