Oculum by Philippa DowdingOculum by Philippa Dowding


byPhilippa Dowding

Paperback | April 22, 2018

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"I'm Mann, just Mann."

The world is slowly recovering after environmental collapse, and the children of the automated, domed city of Oculum have begun to awaken. Miranda, William and the 998 other children wake to tend the fruit trees and gardens behind the thick, opaque walls of their world. Some speak quietly of Outside, which is forbidden. Until William finds a door ...

The children outside the dome of Oculum — Mann, Cranker and others raised by Grannie — live amongst the rubble of the old destroyed city. They live with hunger, hard work, and stories about a time before the fall, of buggies without horses, light without fire ... and magical fruit called "peaches." But it must be lies, until one day Mann and Cranker get close enough to the ancient dome to find ... a door....

Philippa Dowding has won many awards and has had poetry and short fiction published in journals across Canada. Her children's books have been nominated for numerous literary awards in Canada, the U.S., and Europe, including the SYRCA Diamond Willow, OLA Silver Birch, OLA Red Maple, and Hackmatack awards. In 2017, she won the OLA Silver...
Title:OculumFormat:PaperbackDimensions:8 × 5.3 × 0.8 inPublished:April 22, 2018Publisher:Cormorant BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1770865128

ISBN - 13:9781770865129


Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Mothers Shall Rise I love it! In the future, robots could be mothers. They’ll be programmed to tuck their human charges in at night, monitor their health, and meet their every material need. But when those children grow up to challenge their metallic guards, will their robot mothers stand beside them against the menace that threatens their freedom? From the very first page of Oculum, you know you’ve entered a strange world inside a protective glass dome, the only home Miranda1 and William1 have ever known, a beautiful and ordered world where everything is provided. More than a middle-grade dystopian tale, this is a coming of age story. When Miranda1 and William1 realize that their beloved home is really a prison, they must act. Their narratives interweave with Mannfred’s, a young man who grew up outside Oculum where tall buildings have toppled, the electrical grid is a thing of the past, and black rains have wiped out fruit trees. Outside the dome, chaos is kept at bay only by the traditions of grandmothers and story-tellers. It’s a compelling story with a momentum that breaks down the barriers between inside and outside, between technology and love, and carries the reader through to its hopeful end.
Date published: 2018-07-19