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A girl called Fearless
2014
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After fifty million American women are accidentally killed, Avie lives in a world where teenage girls are a valuable commodity, but when her father contracts her to marry a rich, older man, Avie decides to run away with a childhood friend. - (Baker & Taylor)

Growing up in Los Angeles after tainted food kills millions of childbearing-age women, teen Avie Reveare endures widespread overprotectiveness before being contracted to marry a wealthy older politician, an arrangement that compels her to flee to Canada, away from a boy she has come to love. A first novel. - (Baker & Taylor)

After a synthetic hormone in beef kills fifty million American women, seventeen-year-old Avie struggles for a normal life in a world where teenaged girls are a valuable commodity, but when her father contracts her to marry a rich, older man, Avie decidesto run away with her childhood friend and revolutionary, Yates. - (Baker & Taylor)

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Avie Reveare has the normal life of a privileged teen growing up in L.A., at least as normal as any girl's life is these days. After a synthetic hormone in beef killed fifty million American women ten years ago, only young girls, old women, men, and boys are left to pick up the pieces. The death threat is past, but fathers still fear for their daughters' safety, and the Paternalist Movement, begun to "protect" young women, is taking over the choices they make.
Like all her friends, Avie still mourns the loss of her mother, but she's also dreaming about college and love and what she'll make of her life. When her dad "contracts" her to marry a rich, older man to raise money to save his struggling company, her life suddenly narrows to two choices: Be trapped in a marriage with a controlling politician, or run. Her lifelong friend, student revolutionary Yates, urges her to run to freedom across the border to Canada. As their friendship turns to passion, the decision to leave becomes harder and harder. Running away is incredibly dangerous, and it's possible Avie will never see Yates again. But staying could mean death.
From Catherine Linka comes this romantic, thought-provoking, and frighteningly real story, A Girl Called Fearless, about fighting for the most important things in life—freedom and love.

- (McMillan Palgrave)

Author Biography

CATHERINE LINKA was almost thrown out of boarding school for being "too verbal." Fortunately, she learned to channel her outspokenness and creative energy into writing. A passionate traveler who has visited Iceland, the Amazon, and the Arctic circle, Catherine has seen five types of whales in the wild, but no orcas. Yet. She doesn't believe in fate, but she did fall in love with her husband on their first date when he laced up her boots, because she had a broken hand. A Girl Called Fearless is her debut novel.

- (McMillan Palgrave)

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Booklist Reviews

After a synthetic hormone in beef has killed 50 million women in the U.S., girls are overly protected by a political group known as the Paternalists, who sell girls to the highest bidder in marriage contracts. Avie dreams of attending college, but when her father sells her to an aspiring politician, Avie is given a choice: be trapped in a controlling marriage or try to run for the Canadian border. Her lifelong crush, Yates, encourages her to run, but her every move is watched. As Avie uncovers deeper secrets about the Paternalist movement, her quest becomes not only about her own freedom but the freedom of all girls. The concept is fascinating and could lead to good discussions of women's rights, but the plot itself has quite a few holes and the world building is lacking. Avie spends the first half of the book repetitively plotting her escape, but once she is on the run, the story truly engages. Teens should be willing to overlook the flaws and root for this strong female to win her independence. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews

Ten years after GMO beef killed most American women, women have become a protected commodity. Wealthy sixteen-year-old Avie is devastated to learn that her father has "Contracted" her to marry a leader in the movement that's eradicating women's rights. Soon she's embroiled in an underground resistance movement. Linka's world-building is detailed and thought-provoking; her protagonist's struggles and missteps keep the tension high.

Horn Book Magazine Reviews

Ten years after GMO beef killed the majority of American women, leaving only children, the elderly, and vegetarians, women have become a protected commodity with few legal rights. Wealthy sixteen-year-old Avie dreams of attending college someday (even though only Canadian colleges admit women now) but is devastated to learn that her father has "Contracted" her to marry a thirty-seven-year-old businessman with political aspirations -- a leader in the very movement that's eradicating women's rights. Encouraged by her longtime friend and crush Yates, Avie decides to flee north, and soon she's embroiled in an underground resistance movement. Linka's world-building is detailed and thought-provoking, recalling aspects of Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale. Many of the secondary characters -- a subversive teacher; a priest who uses the confessional to plan girls' escapes; a tech genius classmate who self-immolates in protest on the Capitol steps -- however, are drawn more compellingly than everygirl Avie. Nevertheless, Avie's struggles and (sometimes substantial) missteps keep the tension high, blending emotional and physical peril, opening the door for an even higher-stakes sequel, and giving readers a fully realized view of this disturbing near-future. claire e. gros Copyright 2014 Horn Book Magazine.

Kirkus Reviews

In a darkly patriarchal dystopian future America, one girl finds the strength to fight for both love and revolution. A mere 10 years ago, Scarpanol, a hormone used in American beef, spread cancer in 50 million women, wiping out generations like wildfire. Now, the Paternalist Movement controls the government, and teen girls are sold as wives under Contracts. Sixteen-year-old Avie Reveare lives a sequestered life under the care of her father, the CEO of Biocure Technologies, and her watchful bodyguard, while sneaking longing glances at her former best friend, student-turned-activist Yates. But it isn't long before Avie's sold for $50 million to Jessop Hawkins, a major supporter of the Paternalist Movement rich enough to save her father's company from ruin. When Avie realizes her true feelings for Yates, it isn't long before she's spurred to flee to Canada, the only nearby country that welcomes girls breaking their Contracts. But the roads toward freedom are neither smooth nor short. Linka weaves a believable, disturbing dystopian future and never shies from violence or tragedy. Avie evolves into a bold protagonist at a brisk but authentic pace. Though Yates isn't very compelling, the romance quickly takes a back seat, letting the revolution and the tense escape plot shine. A deftly plotted portrait of the evolution of a teenage girl into a dystopian heroine. (Dystopian romance. 14-18) Copyright Kirkus 2014 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 9 Up—Los Angeles, just a bit in the future, is a distressing place for females. Most adult women have died from side effects of hormone-laden beef, and the Paternalists may soon win political majority, passing even harsher "protective" measures to encourage child bearing and domesticity. Avie Reveare and her friends at Masterson Academy have become experts at eye blinks, bribes, stitch code, and other creative means to avoid security detection as they practice independence under the direction of their teacher, Ms. A. Meanwhile, they see college recruitment posters replaced by recipe cards, and discuss who might be sold into a marriage contract, and at what price. The best girls are auctioned through Sotheby's and Christie's—verified virgins who will honor and obey. Avie, aided by her childhood friend (now romantic interest) Yates, decides to head for Canada when her financially desperate father contracts her to a man twice her age. All the popular dystopian elements are in place: overbearing government, tech-savvy friend, thwarted love, a "makeover" where plain girls are made attractive to men, physically challenging situations, and small amounts of gun play. The short chapters keep the action moving in this solid selection, best for readers who enjoy plot-driven stories.—Maggie Knapp, Trinity Valley School, Fort Worth, TX

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