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Grades 4 - 8Grades 4 - 7n/a5.768014
Every year in Quill, thirteen-year-olds are sorted into categories: the strong, intelligent Wanteds go to university, and the artistic Unwanteds are sent to their deaths

Thirteen-year-old Alex tries his hardest to be stoic when his fate is announced as Unwanted, even while leaving behind his twin, Aaron, a Wanted. Upon arrival at the destination where he expected to be eliminated, however, Alex discovers a stunning secret--behind the mirage of the "death farm" there is instead a place called Artime.

In Artime, each child is taught to cultivate their creative abilities and learn how to use them magically, weaving spells through paintbrushes and musical instruments. Everything Alex has ever known changes before his eyes, and it's a wondrous transformation.

But it's a rare, unique occurence for twins to be separated between Wanted and Unwanted, and as Alex and Aaron's bond stretches across their separation, a threat arises for the survival of Artime that will pit brother against brother in an ultimate, magical battle.
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published on August 30, 2011 by Aladdin
ISBN-10: 1442407689
ISBN-13: 9781442407688
199 Book Reviews
  • dream_beyond
    dream_beyondabout 2 months55 stars
    Do you like both Harry Potter and The Hunger Games? If so then this book is one of your must-reads! Every year there is a Purge to separate the Wanted's, the Necessaries, and the Unwanteds. Alex was one of the Unwanteds, while his brother Aaron, a Wanted. All the Unwanteds go to the Death Farm to meet their fate.... death. WAIT! That is not how it ends! As Alex and the other Unwanteds thought they were about to die something happened, something very magical happened to be precise. They found themselves in a place called Artime (say cafe, the ending, which is the e, is the same pronunciation with Artime. Sorry if you don't understand what I mean!) Artime is a place to be creative and to express your feelings, a place where you don't have to hide. Alex went to school there and finally was able to start Magical Warrior Training, where you combine magic and art to fight and protect, because very soon Artime will need all it's forces to fight a battle in order to keep Artime safe..... Happy reading!
    • dragonov
      dragonovabout 2 months55 stars
      I really loved this book of how the Alex, his friends discover Artime and help Mr. Today with the war against Quill. I really loved the concept and the idea of have Wanteds , Nesscaries, and ofcourse, the Unwanteds.
      • deecouponlady
        deecouponlady5 months44 stars
        I chose The Unwanteds, by Lisa McMann as a read aloud for my 5th Media students. My students delight in the way the author shatters "normal" perceptions of everything the Unwanteds have grown up believing as true. The stark reality of Quill and the unmitigated freedom to express themselves in Artime are well written. My students are enjoying this book immensely!
        • bsc
          bsc7 months55 stars
          Imagine being told that you can't draw, sing, storytell, or do anything else in the Arts. And that because you did it you will be sent to your death. Well, that's what happened to Alex Stowe. But what is even worse is that his twin brother, Aaron is a wanted, which means they stay in the land of Quill. Alex and all of the other unwanteds are surprised when they go to be sent to their death, that instead of a land of horror, it's a land of magic and much better then Quill. The unwanteds learn how to master the arts, learn magical training, and make new friends. But the feeling of missing Aaron in Alex doesn't go away. So when some horrible information gets heard in Alex's ears, Alex knows that he must rescue his brother at all costs. Even if it means risking this beautiful land that the unwanteds live in. But the truth sometimes hurts more than you think it would. Lisa McMann does a perfect job of tying in fantasy and magic with real life emotions and adventure. Happy reading!
          • pippin_5
            pippin_57 months55 stars
            Love your review! It’s a very good book!
          • thesmessywriter
            thesmessywriter8 months55 stars
            " hunger games meet's harry potter"
            • thesmessywriter
              thesmessywriter8 months55 stars
              it cute and funny but also thrilling. i love the whole series!
              • Gracie10 months
                Ik in 8th grade and my friend suggested this book to me, I thought it would be boring but when i was done with the first few chapters i just got addicted to it, my aunt bought me almost the whole series! I'm on the second book now and I hope they make this into a movie!!
                • lovelightning
                  lovelightningabout 1 year55 stars
                  The whole series is good. But I really enjoyed this book because in my opinion the first book is always the best book.🏔
                  • blossomreader
                    blossomreaderabout 1 year55 stars
                    I love this first book in the Unwanteds series. The main character is Alex, and he got discovered by drawing, and drawing is not allowed in there land, so he is exiled. Only thing is, he isn't getting killed, he gets taken to an unknown world........ I loved this book, and my favorite part was when he discovered that everything in that world runs on magic, and the tiger n the cover is also made of magic. I hope you guys like this book as much as I did!
                    • darkscarlet
                      darkscarletabout 1 year55 stars
                      Alex think's he is going to be sent to his death, but to his surprise, he is not. In Quill the people have lots of rule, and never use creativity, on the day of the Purge, they chose people, to get thrown into the great lake of boiling oil, but they are not, they there to learn the ways of creativity. But when the High Priest, know's about this she wants revenge. But one of Alex's friend, Lani, Killed her. If you want to read more about it, go read the book!