Escape from Memory
|Author||Margaret Peterson Haddix|
|Publisher||Simon & Schuster|
Kira Landon is a fifteen-year-old girl whose life has been completely normal until her friends talk her into being hypnotized. She finds herself revealing things about a past that she never knew, remembering her mother carrying her through war-torn cobblestone streets while speaking a foreign language. Kira's best friend Lynne pushes her to investigate, but before they can find out anything, Mrs. Landon disappears. That evening, a strange woman shows up at Kira's house, saying that she is her "Aunt Memory".
"Aunt Memory" takes Kira to Crythe, a land where people are trained from childhood to remember everything that ever happens to them. Kira soon discovers that not only is her mother a prisoner in Crythe, but that many people are not who they claim to be. Mrs. Landon is actually Kira's real Aunt Memory, and the woman who had called herself "Aunt Memory" is actually Rona Cummins, an old enemy of Kira's parents who tries to obtain her parent's secrets. As Rona keeps raising the stakes, Kira must find a way to save Lynne, Mrs. Landon, and herself, as well as her parents' memories.
Escape From Memory has won several book awards, including:
- A Junior Library Guild Selection, 2003
- A New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age, 2004
- Golden Duck Award (Eleanor Cameron) Middle Grades Winner, 2004
- The Russian journalist "S." (Solomon Shereshevsky) is given a fictional connection to Crythe, although he was a real person.
- "Junior Library Guild". Junior Library Guild. Retrieved 2013-03-19.
- Kelly, Mark R. "The Locus Index of SF Awards: Golden Duck Awards By Category". Locus Publications. Retrieved 2013-03-19.
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