Living in a totalitarian state in an alternate version of the 1950s, 15-year-old Standish Treadwell and his best friend make a startling discovery: the "Motherland's" mission to the moon is a hoax...
What to Know About the Book Before You Read It.
The setting is an alternate-history England. The totalitarian regime is never directly named.
The main character has an un-named learning difference, and his language is shaped by the way he hears certain phrases.
The author is dyslexic, and used her experiences as a basis for Standish's character.
Special Note: There is one particularly violent scene between a teacher and student in the book .
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Interview with the Author
Consider these questions as you are reading your book. Having answers to them, with quotations from the book (cite page number) as supporting evidence will be very helpful when it is time to discuss and assess your reading.
1. When was your book written? When does it take place? How does that compare to 2017?
2. Who holds power or authority in your book?
3. How does technology affect the daily lives of the characters in your book?
4. What kinds of information or media is communicated in your book? -- News? Advertising? Entertainment? Education? Propaganda? etc?