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Pale (Stoke Books) Library Binding – September 1, 2012

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Gr 6-8-Pales are the dead brought back to life. They are obvious, as they have white skin, hair, and eyes. Only 1 in 10 people are able to become a Pale, as the Lazurus Serum works only on a certain blood type, can only be used right at the time of death, and only if the injuries aren't too severe. Outcasts, they live in a place called the Graveyard, and while they go to school, they are ignored or bullied by the other children. Jed goes along with his friend Kyle in beating up Pale David, but when Jed is killed in a car crash and revived as a Pale himself, David becomes his friend and Kyle his enemy. Not only is Kyle bullying him, but he's also going out with his girlfriend. Jed has a plan to lure Sadie and turn her into a Pale to get back at both Kyle and Sadie. Will he be able to go through with his plan? The basic premise of the book is good, though not fully realized. Character motivation, as well as the ease in which they obtain the serum, isn't completely believable. The large type is a plus for hi/lo readers, and middle schoolers might be attracted to these horror stories.-Amy Cheney, Alameda County Library, San Leandro, CAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

About the Author

Chris Wooding grew up in a small town in Leicestershire and studied English Literature at the University in Sheffield. Chris was only 16 when he wrote his first novel, and signed his first book deal at 19. He wrote the nine-part Broken Sky children's fantasy series and writes for young people and adults. Chris has travelled to lots of places all over the world, backpacking and playing music. Chris currently lives in North West London. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Stoke Books
  • Library Binding: 67 pages
  • Publisher: Stoke Books (September 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781120927
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781120927
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,899,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Pale by Chris Wooding is a novella about Jed, a bully, who antagonizes the Pales-- people who have taken the Lazarus Serum after dying and have been resurrected into someone who vaguely looks like the person they were before but now have pale skin, eyes, and hair. Jed has it all-- a best friend who is a huger bully than he is, a beautiful girlfriend, and popularity. Then in one moment all of that changes.

This book was written for middle schoolers, but I was impressed by how in 70 pages, Wooding does more than many writers do in 5 times the number of pages. The novella isn't perfect-- the ending is not the best and sometimes the writing is almost too simple. That said, I was flipping pages until I got to the end and was captivated from start to finish. Not to mention, that instead of immediately falling asleep, I stayed up thinking about the implications of the story and what it meant ethically and emotionally. We are never told how the Lazarus injection works or much backstory on how it gets started. Some reviewers were very bothered by this. Usually, I have a lot more problem with it-- but we are getting the story from Jed's perspective and he doesn't know how the injection works, just that it does. So it makes sense we don't get a huge description of it. The story lays open for much more, and I wonder if Wooding is intending to write another novella or expanding this to full novel length.

Overall, a gripping, intense read that captivated me from start to finish.
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Format: Paperback
I'm a big fan of Chris Wooding's work, and was pleased to read this successful middle grade level effort. The writing itself is straightforward and unadorned; in places almost sketchy or cryptic. But that suits the novella form and keeps the story driving to its strong conclusion. This topic, how it feels to return from the dead or to live among those who have returned from the dead, seems like it either needs an extended contemplative treatment that addresses all of the complications and subtleties of the matter, or it needs a stripped down high energy approach that just suggests that there are multiple levels of complexity involved, and worth thinking about. This book follows the latter path, and a reader can give the issues raised as much or as little further thought as he might like. That seems to be an interesting approach to introducing advanced themes to younger readers.

For what it's worth, this book echoes Robert Silverberg's 1974 sci-fi novella "Born with the Dead" . In that book the main character loses his young wife and is unable to handle the grief. Worse, a new technique called "rekindling" allows the dead to have a sort of life after death. But they don't resume their old ways. Instead the Dead develop a new separate culture. Jorge is a "warm" , and he struggles to infiltrate the world of the Dead to reconnect with his wife. I mention this novella because it is one of the cornerstones of the claim that Silverberg belongs in the Asimov-Bradbury-Clarke league. I also mention it because it is a wonderfully written, deeply unnerving, and remarkably atmospheric "adult" version that complements "Pale" and demonstrates the deep potential of these Lazarus/rekindling fables.
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I loved Pale! I loved the cover! Mostly I loved the message this short novella carried within its pages.

Pales are dead people who have been injected with the Lazarus Serum and brought back to life. They are different in appearance. One of the side effects of the serum is that they wake up totally devoid of any color, hence the name Pale. The fact that they are the dead and look like the dead pretty much gives everyone else reasons enough to isolate them.

We explore racism, prejudice thoughts and bullying in Pale. We also explore what happens when things are turned around and the cool kid is no longer cool and the bully becomes the bullied.

I think the issues brought up in this book are obviously still prevalent today. This book would be great for kids in middle school. Bullying is becoming more and more of a problem in our schools and I think we need to find more creative ways to tackle this and the other issues brought to light in the book. This book lends the opportunity to discuss these issues in a more neutral way. I was completely impressed by the writing and how things unfolded. I think our youth would be able to relate and walk away with very important messages.

Yes, this is a novella. Yes, there were details not included that could have added to the story. No, I don't feel as if I was cheated. I think all was perfect just as it was because the most important details were there. I consider this a good foundation and would be excited to read the next installment if Chris Wooding chooses to go there.

I definitely recommend this read to everyone!

ARC was provided by Stoke Books via NetGalley.
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Pale is an intense, action-filled novella, specifically designed for teen readers who either read below grade level or who are reluctant to read at all. It succeeds on all fronts. (Other reviewers have said that they felt the book was too short. However as a parent of a reluctant reader, I feel it is a great length. It's long enough to get the story across, but not so long that the reader may feel intimidated by all those pages.)

The first introduction to Jed is as a bully; someone who hates "pales" and wants only to beat them up, simply because they have the right blood type to be brought back to life. When Jed is accidentally killed and becomes a Pale himself, he comes face to face with the same discrimination and bullying that he had dished out literally the day before.

Yes, this is a short read, but it's the right length for someone who is reluctant to read at all. The action moves at a pace that pulls the reader along, always keeping you wanting just a little bit more. The characters are believable and behave consistently. There's just enough depth to make you care for the characters yet still allow the reader to see themselves in the story. It also manages to use the themes of discrimination, acceptance, and bullying without being overly "preachy" or without hitting the reader over the head with "when you're a bully, bad things happen to you."

The book is slanted a bit more for male readers than female, but either would it enjoy it.

As a side note, this novel(la) also provides a great teaching opportunity for parents to discuss with their children the problems and consequences of bullying and discrimination.

Highly recommend for 13 - 14 year olds who like action, science fiction and futuristic tales.

(Disclaimer: Received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review)
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