Teen review: “Turnabout” by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Like many Margaret Peterson Haddix books, “Turnabout” takes futuristic concepts that are completely fictional and puts them in a realistic setting. This book is no exception. Amelia, the main character who goes by Melly, is approached in a nursing home and offered a chance to be young again. Not considering the side effects and being too old to understand much of what was happening, she agrees. It turns out that she isn’t the only elderly person that had been approached. All of the chosen old people live together in a facility, and they find themselves having their age slowly reversed after being dosed with an experimental drug. Instead of aging every year, they grow younger. After a while, they start to realize that their memories are being recorded over. To prevent any more memories from getting erased, they can take another drug to cease growing younger. Unlike the original drug, this one doesn’t work and causes you to age rapidly until you are no more. Melly and Anny Beth decide to leave the facility and live their own lives, but by the time they are in their mid-teens, they realize that they will no longer be able to live by themselves. They can’t stop aging in reverse, and they have no idea what will happen when they hit age zero. All they know is that they need someone to trust to take care of them. Who will they find and what will their fate be? Read and find out.

Aedan, Central TLLC, 15

 "Turnabout" by Margaret Peterson Haddix  book cover

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