17 March 2020

The Degenerates by J. Albert Mann

The Degenerates by J. Albert Mann
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Release Date: March 17, 2020
Synopsis: In the tradition of Girl, Interrupted, this fiery historical novel follows four young women in the early 20th century whose lives intersect when they are locked up by a world that took the poor, the disabled, the marginalized—and institutionalized them for life.

The Massachusetts School for the Feeble-Minded is not a happy place. The young women who are already there certainly don’t think so. Not Maxine, who is doing everything she can to protect her younger sister Rose in an institution where vicious attendants and bullying older girls treat them as the morons, imbeciles, and idiots the doctors have deemed them to be. Not Alice, either, who was left there when her brother couldn’t bring himself to support a sister with a club foot. And not London, who has just been dragged there from the best foster situation she’s ever had, thanks to one unexpected, life altering moment. Each girl is determined to change her fate, no matter what it takes.

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J. Albert Mann is the author of the “Sunny Sweet” series, a humorous and quirky set of middle grade stories published by Bloomsbury Children’s USA, as well as "SCAR," a historical fiction novel set during the Revolutionary War published by Boyds Mills Press/Calkins Creek. Jennifer’s short stories have been published by Highlights for Children, where she won the Highlights for Children Fiction Contest. Her next novel--a biographical historical fiction about Margaret Sanger--will be published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Simon & Schuster. Jennifer has an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Art.

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