... Smibert's dystopian first novel is a gift for both reluctant and regular readers.-- Cindy Welch -- Booklist, June 1, 2011The novel is taut and lean; Smibert's prose is quick and fluid; and her three artist teens--Nora the writer, Micah the graphic artist, and Winter the creator of kinetic sculpture--have appeal. --Horn Book Magazine, July - August Issue... fuses the politically charged projections of Anderson's Feed and Doctorow's Little Brother with the breathtakingly personal implications of selective amnesia...
--The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, April 2011...the themes of inquiry and fighting back will resonate with young and old.
--School Library Journal, April 2011
Nora witnesses a man thrown to his death and is then taken to the local clinic where she is given a pill to make her forget what she saw. Nora could have lived her life only remembering the good moments, if she had obeyed and taken the pill. Micah, a classmate, ruined that chance when he walked out of the clinic and in one silent gesture shows Nora he did not take the pill. Nora and Micah then work together to find out the truth everyone wants to forget. The more they learn, the more dangerous life becomes. In order to preserve their stories, they create a comic and release a few issues before everything they were once familiar with changes. Throughout the novel Nora struggles with how shallow her mother s life is and decides that is not the life she wants. The supporting characters add depth to the story and move the plot along. For the reader who enjoys alternative reality in which our society takes a big brother approach, this book is a good recommendation. Recommended. --LJ Martin, Media Specialist, Portville (New York) Central School
About the Author
Angie was born in Blacksburg, a once sleepy college town in the mountains of Southwest Virginia. She grew up thinking she wanted to be a veterinarian; organic chemistry had other ideas. But she always had stories in her head. Eventually, after a few degrees and few cool jobs—including a 10-year stint at NASA's Kennedy Space Center—she wrote some of those stories down.
A frequent contributor to Odyssey Magazine, Angie has published many, many short stories for both adults and teens. Her first novel, MEMENTO NORA
, hit the shelves in April 2011. A Junior Library Guild Selection for 2011, MEMENTO NORA
has also been nominated for YALSA's 2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults list. Her second novel, THE FORGETTING CURVE
, will be coming out in Spring 2012 from Marshall Cavendish.