Mass Market Paperbound
288 pages, 7 × 4.75 × 0.75 in
July 16, 2001
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0006485642
ISBN - 13: 9780006485643
From the Publisher
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
About the Author
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 Bruneau Family ChildrenÆs Literature Award. Her most recent title is An Earthly Knight. Janet McNaughton lives in St. JohnÆs, Newfoundland, with her family. Visit the authorÆs Web site at: www.avalon.nf.ca/~janetmcn/
From Our Editors
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.