The Unnameables (Paperback)

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October 2008 Indie Next List

“The well-ordered, rigid home of foundling Medford Runyuin is an island called 'Island' because names should identify and usefulness is imperative. Feeling like an outcast, he struggles to conform until two very unconventional 'stinky' new friends enter his world and send everything awhirl. This is a marvelous tribute to change and creativity!”
— Kathy Carrigan, Harry W. Schwartz Bookshop, Brookfield, WI


Medford lives on a neat, orderly island called simply Island.
Islanders like names that say exactly what a thing (or a person) is or does. Medford Runyuin is different. A foundling, he has a meaningless name that is just one of many reminders that he's an outsider. He also has a secret that could get him banished from Island forever.
A strange creature is about to arrive on Island, and Medford's secret will be out before he can blink twice.

About the Author

ELLEN BOORAEM worked for two decades as a reporter and editor at small-town weeklies, until she quit her day job to write The Unnameables. She lives in Brooklin, Maine."

Praise For…

"The novel’s humor and amiable tone make it a highly-accessible but thought-provoking read."--The Horn Book Magazine

"Avid readers in middle school and high school will enjoy a tale that combines magic with an almost puritanical culture."--VOYA (5Q4P)
Product Details
ISBN: 9780547552132
ISBN-10: 0547552130
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Publication Date: March 1st, 2011
Pages: 318
Language: English