The Adoration of Jenna Fox - Mary Pearson
Genre: Science Fiction
Age Level: 12+
Reader’s Annotation: Jenna Fox wakes up from a coma knowing that something is different, but unable to tell just what. Tiny details finally add up to a truth that Jenna, and readers, will barely be able to accept.
Summary: Jenna Fox has boxes of videos of herself that her parents took: her at ballet recitals, at picnics, at every point in her life. The only problem is that she appears quite a few inches taller in these videos than she is now. See, Jenna just woke up after suffering a massive accident that left her memory in pieces, and her two best friends dead. Her parents won’t discuss the accident, and her grandmother refuses to call her Jenna. Jenna knows something is wrong, but can’t quite piece together the wreck, salvaged memories and odd dreams that keep telling her to check out her father’s office into a cohesive whole. Pearson has constructed a haunting tale about a not too distant future, and what may be possible. Readers will search alongside Jenna for a truth that makes sense and be just as shocked when Jenna discovers just how much her parents adore her.
Evaluation: A truly freaky title. This novel will scare readers simply with the reality of what our advanced world may soon be able to achieve.
Booktalk Ideas: how much do your parents love you?, what makes a human human?
Selection: The idea behind this book is startling. And, given the hype, I wanted to know what was behind it all.