The Secret Under My Skin by Janet McNaughtonThe Secret Under My Skin by Janet McNaughton

The Secret Under My Skin

byJanet McNaughton

Mass Market Paperback | July 16, 2001

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Published to impressive reviews and much media and reader interest, Janet McNaughton’s newest novel is an intriguing and intelligent tale set in 2368. This is the story of Blay Raytee, a young girl enslaved in a government workcamp. Blay is suddenly plucked from her bleak life to serve as tutor to the arrogant Marrella, who is supposed to use her environmental sensitivities to monitor the destroyed ecosystem. Thrust into a completely different world, Blay learns shocking secrets about her environment—and herself.

In this brilliant story of transformation, a young girl learns to believe in her mind and in her heart. The Secret Under My Skin is one of the most remarkable YA novels to appear in recent memory.

“McNaughton blends the warmth of Blay’s emotional growth and new love with the excitement of her learning and brings about, in a rare achievement, a young adult novel where natural history and poetry come hand in hand…. This is an exciting and unusual novel, in both its conceits and execution.”—The Toronto Star

“This is Janet McNaughton’s third brilliant book…The range of themes and ideas in this novel is impressive. Not only is the story a cliffhanger, but Janet McNaughton makes no concession about her readers’ abilities. The complexity of power struggles, as well as some excellent revelatory writing about the formation of the Tablelands, demonstrate that the time for tiresome formulas for YA reading has passed.”—Atlantic Books Today
Janet McNaughton is the author of To Dance at the Palais Royale and Make or Break Spring, which are both multi-award winners. The Secret Under My Skin also garnered numerous awards, including the Ruth Schwartz Award, the Mr. ChristieÆs Book Award, the Ann Connor Brimer Award, and the Newfoundland and Labrador 2002 Book Awardsùthe Brune...
Title:The Secret Under My SkinFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 7 × 4.75 × 0.75 inPublished:July 16, 2001Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0006485642

ISBN - 13:9780006485643

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Read!! I had to read this as part of my placement work. A grade 8 class I was teaching was doing this as one of their book study novels. When I began to read it, I got hooked into the story. Its a classic! Proof that youth fiction entertains even adults.
Date published: 2012-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The secret Under my Skin I LOVED THIS BOOK!! This is my favourite book! I hated reading and I read this book in about a week I liked it so much.... i just couldn't put it down! As i was reading the last chapter i wished that it wouldnt end! i lent it to a friend and she said the same thing!
Date published: 2005-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Secret Under My Skin I think this is an excellent book. We did it for Literature Circles. It is about a girl named Blay, that doesnt have any parents, and she was cared for by a teenager Hilary. After Hilary died, Blay was placed to the workcamp. Her destiny was to read. She would read every book 2 or more times from what she could actualy choose from. After, she was chosen to help a bio-indicator Marella, and she was placed into a rich house. There she discovers what shampoo and apples are, because she never saw them.The rest Im not telling, because you should really read it yourself, because Janet McNaughton did an EXCELLENT job on this master piece.
Date published: 2003-04-24

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This intriguing work of fiction for young adults by award-winning Canadian writer Janet McNaughton takes place in the 24th century. In The Secret Under My Skin, Blay Raytree lives in a bleak society where nobody has a family, birthday, proper name or memories. The world is ruled by technocrats who have taken all technology away from the people, and the children play in the streets in U.V. protective space suits. Blay's life is transformed when she is chosen to be a servant of a beautiful bio-indicator – an old-style female human bred for her sensitivities to monitor the environment.