Jon McGoran
Jon McGoran talks about his new book, Spliced.

Common Core State Standards
I Like to Read Books
Holiday House eBooks


Buy the Book:
Barnes & Noble

How to Order

Read an Excerpt

Readers' Guide


by Georgia Clark
Allen Garns, Illustrator

Trade Binding | 320 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/4 | US$ 17.95
ISBN: 9780823429493 | 03-01-2014

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: NINTH | Age: 12 up

Themes: Courage & Honor, Loyalty, Making Choices, Survival, Poverty
Recommendations: A, C, K, LMC*, SLJ

CCSS Codes:
7-8: RL. 2-3, W. 3-4

About the Book
Robots, renewable resources, and romance get tangled together in this thrilling futuristic novel about a utopian city and the sixteen-year-old girl who challenges its peace.

In sixteen-year-old Tessendra Rockwood's world, natural resources are at an all-time low. Most remaining supplies are funneled into Eden, known as the "powerful city of shining abundance," while citizens of the surrounding Badlands eat gelatinous gray porridge and drink reddish iron water.

Tess was born an Edenite, but after the death of her scientist mother she decides to combat this inequality by joining a rebel group called Kudzu. Together they uncover a shocking government plot to carry out genocide in the Badlands using artificial intelligence. Unfortunately, Tess has some complicated ties to the project that test her loyalty.

Will Tess risking her life bring justice to Eden?


"Bold futuristic adventure with unusual romance, riveting action and ominous ecological red flags."—Kirkus Reviews

"Clark builds a world with a good balance of the familiar and the fantastic . . . evoking a sense of wonder."—School Library Journal

"Tessendra [has a] tenacious likability."—Booklist


Georgia Clark has worked as a teen and lifestyle journalist for more than ten years. Her articles have been featured in Girls' Life, Cosmo, and other publications. Georgia lives in Brooklyn, New York, and studies improv comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade. Read Georgia's full bio by clicking here.

For even more about Georgia, visit her website and follow her on Facebook, Tumblr, and Goodreads.

Read the official press release and click here for a conversation with Georgia Clark!

Check out the Parched Discussion Guide for grades seven and up.

Readers' Guide
Guide featuring questions for classroom discussion and suggestions for further exploration.