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By: Lauren McLaughlin


Imagine that everything you did was interpreted into a score. You are always being watched and evaluated: your actions, words, expressions, and maybe even your thoughts and intentions.  Your score would determine who your friends were and what you could or could not do after high school. Want to go to college? Then you need a score in the 90s.  Score below 75, your choices are limited.  This brave new world is supposed to be the great equalizer.  Imani was a believer in the system. She was a 92 and knew where her life was headed. She looked forward to going to college. She wasn’t happy with the desecration of her small town and its coastal environment, but she wanted a chance to make it better. Then, an unusual assignment from a radical teacher and an alliance with an “unscored” has her taking chances and second guessing this authoritarian system.

Prepared by Jill Webb, Children's Librarian, Farmington Community Library, Farmington, Michigan.