Since her father's death in a factory in the Dragonfly territories, thirteen-year-old Piper has eked out a living as a scrapper in Merrow Kingdom, but the arrival of a mysterious girl sends her on a dangerous journey to distant lands. Grades 5 and up.
"In a future where the Population Police enforce the law limiting a family to only two children, Luke has lived all his twelve years in isolation and fear on his family's farm until another "third," Jen, convinces him that the government is wrong. Jen is willing to risk everything to come out of the shadows -- does Luke dare to become involved in her dangerous plan? Can he afford not to?"
“Each year, the 13-year-olds of Quill are given 1 of 3 labels. Wanteds train for the Quillitary. Necessaries are farmers. Unwanteds are eliminated. It’s hard for Unwanted Alex to leave behind his Wanted twin Aaron until he discovers that he’s going to a place where Unwanteds are encouraged to cultivate their creative abilities and use them magically. But as the twins’ bond stretches across their separation, a threat arises that will pit brother against brother in an ultimate magical battle.”
“Matt was not born; he was harvested. His DNA came from El Patrón, lord of a country called Opium--a strip of poppy fields lying between the U.S. and what was once called Mexico. He is a 14 year old boy now, but most consider him a monster--except for El Patrón. Matt is stunned to learn that, as El Patrón’s clone, he’s expected to take over as leader of the corrupt drug empire of Opium, where there is also a hidden cure for the ecological devastation faced by the rest of the world.”