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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 760L (What's this?)
  • Series: Line
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Dial (March 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803734662
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803734661
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #951,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 7–10—For as long as she can remember, Rachel has lived a quiet life on The Property. Following her father's disappearance and assumed death in a war, her mother has been working as a live-in domestic for Ms. Moore, an orchid grower. But now that she's older, Rachel is consumed with questions about the Line, an invisible border that runs near the greenhouse at the back of The Property, separating the Unified States from Away. It is only when she receives a mysterious message from beyond the border that she begins to learn about her country's true history and the parts her parents played during the War. Hall's first novel gets off to a slow start, and the somewhat convoluted plot and two-dimensional protagonists may lose readers at the beginning. The writing relies heavily on overly long descriptive passages rather than allowing character development and dialogue to move the plot forward. For more engaging dystopian novels, suggest Lois Lowry's The Giver (Houghton, 1993) and Michael Grant's Gone (HarperTeen, 2008).—Jane Henriksen Baird, Anchorage Public Library, AK
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In this futuristic debut, Rachel lives with her widowed mother, who is a housekeeper on the Property, an estate that borders the Line, a protective barrier that runs along the U.S. border. After a hostile force, the Korusal, blasted the area with atomic bombs, the Line has been rigidly maintained to keep out the Others: people who were trapped in the bombs’ fallout. Rachel is intensely curious about what life is like in the Away, beyond the Line, and when she finds a message from an Other pleading for help, she jumps into action. Her efforts trigger a series of events that not only compromise everyone on the Property but also reveal dangerous secrets. Hall nicely embeds the history of this repressive future world in a tense narrative that will leave readers intrigued with the mysterious Away. Rachel is an appealing character, and her young voice and the straightforward language make this a good choice for introducing young readers to the science-fiction genre. The abrupt cliff-hanger ending will create demand for the next book in the series. Grades 5-8. --Lynn Rutan

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Teri Hall likes to write books. She lives in Washington State in the U.S. Learn more about Teri Hall at www.terihall.com

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I can't wait for Hall's second book to come out!
R. Ferguson
I wish I could provide a more detailed example of the things I didn't like, but I really didn't like any of it; all I wanted to do was get through it.
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Reading the first fifty or so pages, THE LINE made me glad I loved books.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By The Compulsive Reader VINE VOICE on March 4, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Far away from the overcrowded cities where the oppressive government tyrannizes its people and the only thing that ensures a decent life is money, Rachel and her mother live and work quietly on The Property, owned by the distant and aloof Ms. Moore. Bordering the Property is the Line, the most notorious section of the invisible boundary that borders the country. No one is allowed in or out. No one knows what is beyond the Line...until Rachel receives a mysterious recording, begging for help. Now everyone on the Property will have to decide to do what is right, or what is safe.

Teri Hall's debut novel is absolutely captivating; her smooth storytelling and completely convincing and authentic voice bring the story to life and make it all the more chilling and believable. Hall presents the history of the country in a detailed (but certainly not boring) manner that highlights political struggles, a domineering government, and the horrors and terrors that are bred with war, relating them to a society that is not unlike our own and subtly warns against the use of nuclear weapons.

Those messages aside, the novel is full of strong female characters as well; resourceful Vivian who had to raise Rachel on her own, the secretive Ms. Moore, who knows more about the Line than anyone would ever suspect, and Rachel, who is torn between standing up for what is right and following in her mother's footsteps of playing it safe and becoming invisible.

The Line is a complicated knot of twists and secrets, surprises and revelations that only becomes more and more complex as you delve deeper into the story. And once you believe you've untangled it all, it is then that the biggest mysteries of all are revealed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Harper Lee on March 9, 2010
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Entertaining... fast paced and not incredible wordy or descriptive, which
I appreciated.... it's nice sometimes when an author just tells a story and allows the reader to creative the visual texture of the book.

If you've read other dystopic lit. it follows a relatively similar trajectory.
An estranged cousin to books like the giver or the hunger games.
Easy read... read it in the span of four hours. i recommend.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Woodard on March 5, 2010
Format: Hardcover
An invisible and uncrossable barrier encloses the United States. The Line is part of the border that lopped off the country and doomed the citizens to a mysterious fate, when the enemies used a banned weapon. There are rumors about bizarre creatures and mutant humans live on the other side of The Line, in Away. Nobody would be strong enough to live there, except the old, yet tough Ms. Moore. Rachel and her mother work for Ms. Moore. They went to live there after Rachel's father died in the last war. It is a safe and quiet life by The Line. That is until Rachel finds a recording from Away and they are asking for help. Who sent the message? Why is her mother so protective? And to what lengths is Rachel willing to go in order to do what she thinks is right?
Rachel was a sweet and naive girl. She didn't know a lot about what was happening with the government, after she found that recording and I also liked that she asked a lot of questions. She also grew a lot during the book. I really like how strong she became. Ms. Moore was also a strong character and I liked her attitude about life. She had a really strong personality. Jonathon was an interesting character and I could tell that he felt sorry about what he did in the past. Rachel's mom had a lot secrets and it was awesome to see into her pass.The plot of this book started out slow, but it gained speed as it went on. I found the way that the government ran to be similar to 1984's system, which while complex was interesting and simple. I found this Dystopian to be well though out and original. Hall created a well written book, with amazing characters and a fantastic plot. I can't wait for the sequel to come out in 2011, because there are so many questions that I have about what will happen in Away.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. Baldasty on March 11, 2010
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The Line: read it, keep it, remember it, recommend it. It took me back--way back--to middle school and junior high with memories of what it means on life's threshold to find a mystery, a thriller, a coming-of-age story that knows its readers from the inside. It understands that good kids aren't guaranteed perfect rapport with even the best adults under ordinary circumstances. Add secrets and dangers in a near-future USA that could be our own, pace disclosures to reward curiosity but not cut off suspense, and you've got it all. You've got The Line.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By The_Hmm_Girl on June 23, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The premise of the novel is fascinating -- the United States is now the Unified States and to protect the country from terrorism and other threats, an invisible barrier has been placed around the country, leaving some citizens on the outside to fend for themselves.

In spite of this, the novel is just...well, dry, dull and does not elaborate on the more interesting aspects such as what life is like outside the Line. Instead, the entire book is set on an isolated farm where the protagonist lives with her Mom, her elderly employer and the employer's butler, Johnathan. Most of the book is about the protagonist work in the greenhouse, reading e-books and occasionally going into town where the only interesting event that occurs there is skimmed over.

It just didn't give me the sense of a dystopian future. I felt like I was reading a book set in modern times in a rural area. Very boring.

I would recommend "The Forest of Hands and Teeth", it's sequel, "The Dead Washed Waves", of course "the Giver" trilogy and the "Biting the Sun" trilogy by Tanith Lee.
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