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Winner of the National Book Award, Pete Hautman pens a futuristic satire brimming with wry humor and honored by a Booklist starred review. Welcome to the United Safer States of America in 2076! Here, prisoners perform all manual labor. And the country is finally safe. Sixteen-year-old Bo ignores governmental protective devices capturing every action and word. He endures the avalanche of safety regulations. But when he’s accused of spreading a rash at school, anger and jealousy threaten to override his daily dose of calming Levulor and earn him a "job" in the Canadian tundra.

©2006 Pete Hautman (P)2006 Recorded Books

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great book based on something that society could t

great book based on something that society could turn out to be in the future.

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Good book, slow reader

This is a good story; sad part is, I could see this happening eventually. The reader was a little slow at times, leaving long pauses in between sentences.

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