By Kristen Landon

An 8th grade woman used to be taken this present day . . . With this primary sentence, readers are instantly thrust right into a fast paced mystery that does not permit up for a second. In a global no longer too a long way faraway from our personal, children are being taken away to important workhouses if their households exceed the per month debt restrict imposed by way of the govt. Thirteen-year-old Matt in brief wonders if he may be subsequent, yet speedy dismisses the idea. in the end, his mom and dad are financially dependable, in contrast to the oldsters of these different teenagers. so long as his mom and dad stay inside their restrict, the govt could be chuffed and depart them on my own. yet all it takes is one deadly stopover at to the shop to push Matt’s relatives over their limit—and to alter his truth perpetually.

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The textual content of this publication used to be set in Janson textual content. synthetic within the us of a 0710 OFF 2 four 6 eight 10 nine 7 five three 1 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication info Landon, Kristen, 1966– The restrict / Kristen Landon. — 1st Aladdin hardcover ed. p. cm. precis: whilst his family members exceeds its criminal debt restrict, thirteen-year-old Matt is distributed to the Federal Debt Rehabilitation supplier workhouse, the place he discovers illicit actions are being performed utilizing the youngsters who've been positioned there. ISBN 978-1-4424-0271-3 (hardcover) [1. Conspiracies—Fiction. 2. technology fiction. ] I. identify. PZ7. L2317348Li 2010 [Fic]—dc22 2010012707 ISBN 978-1-4424-0273-7 (eBook) For Von. you are going to make the pinnacle ground needless to say! and In loving reminiscence, to 1 of my greatest cheerleaders, Jenny Landon. I leave out you, my sister and buddy. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS an immense thank-you has to visit my agent, Steven Chudney, for being the 1st to think during this ebook and in me. you probably did a superb task pushing me to take this e-book to a better point. I additionally needs to thank my writing associates: Karlene Browning, Chris Minch, Sheila Nielson, Melissa Ochsenhirt, and Andy Spackman. Your support and perception is often great. Many thank you additionally visit Deborah Halverson for her rules, which drastically more suitable this booklet. additionally to JoAnne and Zach Colemere, and Von and Carter Landon for examining early drafts. To all different contributors of my relatives and to my many associates for his or her help, curiosity, and confident energy—with a unique thank-you to the gang who double checked my math. And, eventually, to my fantastic editor, Liesa Abrams, for her brilliant editorial ability, humor, and exuberance. THE restrict AN EIGHTH-GRADE lady used to be TAKEN this day. Whispers and textual content messages flew via Grover center university. They slapped handcuffs on her and shoved her into the again of a van. They shot her with a tranquilizer dart in the course of the lunchroom. She escaped and she’s hiding within the library—right now—texting her associates. the woman went to Lakeview heart college. My cousin is going to Lakeview. He acknowledged they referred to as her out of first interval and he or she by no means got here again. An 8th grader! no one might think it. Up earlier they’d in simple terms taken highschool scholars. Up in the past we suggestion we have been off-limits. Bam-swish. jump, leap. Bam-swish. My hand—with the follow-through arms bent—hung excessive within the air. “Yeah, child, who’s the free-throw king? ” “Four in a row. substantial deal. ” Brennan stretched these lengthy hands of his towards the basketball and me. “Give it the following. ” “Why? ” I requested. “I’m gonna express you up. ” “No method. I’m in the course of a streak. along with, you couldn’t make unfastened throws in a row in case your ideal GPA trusted it. ” “Well, it doesn’t, Mr. three. 997. ” Ouch. simply because he by no means had Ms. Tullidge for English and her you need to help your thesis assertion with evidence. And convinced, Matt, ninety-three percentage remains to be an A-minus in my type. “Taking your taking pictures heritage during the last seventeen mins under consideration, the likelihood that you're going to effectively entire the following shot is barely eight-point-seven percent,” acknowledged Lester, who’d been status within the similar spot seeing that my mom kicked us off the pc and made us move open air and procedure a few clean air via your lungs, boys.

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