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The Angel Factory

(2001)
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Aliens are among us and they are going to save us from ourselves. Whether we like it or not.

Only gradually revealing this familiar premise, Terence Blacker weaves a deliciously mysterious and suspenseful story about Thomas Wisdom, who--like Adam in Robert Cormier's classic I Am the Cheese and Jonas in Lois Lowry's The Giver--begins to notice little hints that there is a secret at the heart of his perfect family and ends by uncovering a worldwide conspiracy. Unlike Adam's mental-hospital prison and Jonah's regimented society, Thomas's world is ordinary and comfortable, and life with his nice parents and kind big sister is excellent. Except he has begun to wonder if his tooperfect family might be concealing something. "They're CIA agents!" concludes his outrageously geeky friend Gip, and proves it by finding a transmitter in the toilet tank and a mysterious page of numbers hidden in Thomas's father's computer files. Thomas is skeptical, until he goes with his family on holiday to California and has a strange quasireligious experience in the desert that shakes up his ideas about what's going on. And then another revelation about himself shocks him to the core. But Thomas, unlike Adam, has free will in the situation. Who are these beings who call themselves "angels"--his so-called father, mother, sister, other people in his life, even the dog? And how can Thomas fight against this pervasive niceness with its overbearing plans for humanity?

Despite a few pieces that don't quit fit, this jigsaw puzzle of a novel will entrance younger teens, science fiction fans or not. (Ages 10 to 14) --Patty Campbell

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Hardback Editions

March 2004 : USA Turtleback
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Title: Angel Factory
Author(s): Terence Blacker
ISBN: 0-606-29745-6 / 978-0-606-29745-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Demco Media
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January 2004 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The Angel Factory
Author(s): Terence Blacker
ISBN: 0-613-92516-5 / 978-0-613-92516-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turtleback Books: A Division of Sanval
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September 2002 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Angel Factory
Author(s): Terence Blacker
ISBN: 0-689-85171-5 / 978-0-689-85171-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
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June 2001 : UK Hardback
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Title: Angel Factory (hb)
Author(s): Terence Blacker
ISBN: 0-333-90072-3 / 978-0-333-90072-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
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Paperback Editions

January 2004 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Angel Factory
Author(s): Terence Blacker
ISBN: 0-689-86413-2 / 978-0-689-86413-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Aladdin
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March 2002 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Angel Factory (Katha Classics)
Author(s): Terence Blacker
ISBN: 0-330-48024-3 / 978-0-330-48024-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
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Audio Editions

July 2008 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Angel Factory
Author(s): Terence Blacker
Publisher: AudioGO Ltd.
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February 2002 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: The Angel Factory: Complete & Unabridged
Author(s): Terence Blacker
ISBN: 0-7540-5279-6 / 978-0-7540-5279-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Children's Audio Books
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