THE UNWANTEDS reading level information (Lisa McMann)

Lisa McMann's trilogy can be thought of as a dystopia for Middle-Graders. It is set in a society where only the useful are allowed to liven and at 13 children are divided into classes: The Wanteds, the Necessaries, and the Unwanteds.

In true dystopian style the Unwanteds are to be disposed of.  But in fact they end up safe on an island where they are encouraged to hone their special abilities.
  • some violence
  • deliciously grim tone
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bookcover of THE UNWANTEDS (Unwanteds #1) by Lisa McMann THE UNWANTEDS
(Unwanteds #1)
by Lisa McMann

3.86 avg rating — 4,220 ratings

Aaron and Alex are identical twins.  Which makes it all the more horrible that one of them is sent to attend University while the other is defined as useless and 'unwanted'.  

When Alex ends up on the island, the boys find that they can read each others minds.

Reading Information:
Word Count: 68,014
Page Count:  416
Accelerated Reader: 5.7 / points: 11.0
AR quiz: 146290
Lexile: 880L
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bookcover of ISLAND OF SILENCE (Unwanteds #2) by Lisa McMann
(Unwanteds #2)
by Lisa McMann

4.16 avg rating — 938 ratings

In this book the magical barrier between Quill and Artime is gone, and it's a shock to both societies.  The Artimeans struggle to forgive those that dismissed them as useless, while the Quillians struggle with the collapse of their goverment that followed the death of their leader.

The two boys find themselves at odds with Aaron's political fall having been caused by Alex's success.  And while Alex recovers from his wounds, Aaron plots a rebellion to bring him to power once again.

Word Count: 69,917
Page Count:  432
Accelerated Reading level: 5.4 / points: 11.0
AR quiz: 153742
Lexile: HL820L
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bookcover of ISLAND OF FIRE (Unwanteds #3) by Lisa McMann
(Unwanteds #3)

4.35 avg rating — 159 ratings

Aaron has been successful and Artime is no longer.  The Unwanteds are without food and much hope is put on Alex.  But can he find an ally to help them?  And can he and Aaron ever be friends again?

Word Count: 79,223
Page Count:  464
Accelerated Reader: 5.2 / points: 12.0
AR quiz: 162058
Lexile: HL810L

compiled by Pam
updated June 2014