Nomination: When She Woke

Jordan, Hillary. When She Woke. 2011. 344 p. Algonquin Books, $24.95 (978156126299). Gr. 10-12 [jw]
In this dystopian take on The Scarlet Letter, Hannah Payne awakens one day with genetically altered red skin to identify her as a woman who has had an abortion. Society is controlled by right wing Christians and this “chroming” of people considered criminals has become commonplace. Hannah struggles to cope with her new reality, the end of a love affair, and her increasing alienation from the world she previously inhabited, albeit it somewhat rebelliously, with her conservative family.


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