Catherine Austen books for young people

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"Her writing cuts straight to the heart."

(The Globe and Mail).

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Nasty Future for Naughty Boys - All Good Children

All Good Children cover "Living with hope is like rubbing up against a cheese grater. It keeps taking slices off you until there's so little left, you just crumble."

Quick-witted, prank-pulling graffiti artist Maxwell Connors is more observant than the average New Middletown teenager. And he doesn't like what he sees. New Middletown's children are becoming frighteningly obedient, and their parents and teachers couldn't be happier. As Max and his friend Dallas watch their classmates transform into model citizens, Max wonders if their only hope of freedom lies in the unknown world beyond New Middletown's walls, where creativity might be a gift instead of a liability.

For those who like their dystopias with a rich character sauce and a side of humour.

Awards and Honours

The Canadian Library Association's 2012 Young Adult Book Award Winner.

The 2012 Sunburst Award (for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic) Young Adult Winner.

A YALSA Teens' Top Ten nominee and a YALSA 2013 Best Fiction for Young Adults nominee.

A Forest of Reading 2013 White Pine Honour Book.


"Strong characterization as well as a thrilling and horrifyingly plausible plot all combine to make All Good Children a wonderful read. Great literature is never limited by its genre." (Montreal Review of Books)

"Action packed, terrifying, and believable, this entertaining novel will provoke important discussions about subservience, resistance, and individual freedom." - Booklist, November 2011.

"Highly Recommended." (Canadian Materials)

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Teen Fiction (ages 12+)

  • 312 pages, hardcover and ebook editions
  • Themes: friendship, responsibility, social control; dystopia
  • Published Fall 2011; ISBN: 978-1-55469-824-0

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Or you can find a copy at your local library. (If your local library doesn't carry a title, ask and they may purchase it for their collection or find you a copy via interlibrary loan.)

If you're really stuck, I can probably lend you my copy.

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