INDEPENDENT STUDY by Joelle Charbonneau

INDEPENDENT STUDY (Book 2 in THE TESTING series) Joelle Charbonneau 1/7/14 HMH Books   Cia has survived the Testing, the ordeal of a lifetime to see if youths are worthy of the University.  At the end of it all, several children are dead and those moving ahead have their minds wiped.  However, Cia leaves herself a recording of the events, and while she can’t personally remember much, the recording leaves no doubt that everything from here on out is a life or death struggle. INDEPENDENT STUDY opens with Cia beginning her time as a freshman.  However, this isn’t a young person struggling to fit in while away from home.  Cia must find a...

THE TESTING by Joelle Charboneau

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Pub date:  June 4th, 2013 The planet is decimated. The Seven Stages War has left little of civilization except some small scattered pockets of humanity. The world as we know it must be rebuilt by those left and the generations to come. The University will prepare those smart enough to attend, but first candidates must pass The Testing. It is the only chance left for a college education and a position in rebuilding society. However, The Testing is far more involved than the SAT and certainly more dangerous. When Cia is selected to attend, her father’s one piece of advice is to trust no one, suggesting that the...

Charbonneau’s THE TESTING film option picked up by Paramount. Jun06

Charbonneau’s THE TESTING film option picked...

Just finished talking with a very excited Joelle Charboneau. Joelle is generally a happy, sweet soul, but she is currently EXTRA happy. Paramount Studios have acquired the film rights to THE TESTING, her new young adult novel. It’s graduation day for sixteen-year-old Malencia Vale, and the entire Five Lakes Colony (the former Great Lakes) is celebrating. All Cia can think about—hope for—is whether she’ll be chosen for The Testing, a United Commonwealth program that selects the best and brightest new graduates to become possible leaders of the slowly revitalizing post-war civilization. When Cia is chosen, her father finally tells her about...

Joelle Charbonneau: 5 Things That Influenced Me

Les Miserables (the musical) – Okay, this isn’t technically an album in the pop culture sense of the world, but it is music so I’m going with it. The themes in the musical are incredible. I listened to the show for the first time when I was in eighth grade. The music and story grabbed me by the throat and have yet to let go. I have since also read the book. I’m glad I did. The two versions of the same story are a great example of how an epic book can be edited and refocused into telling an equally gripping but shorter and more focused tale. The Old Man and the Sea – by Ernest Hemmingway. I hate this book. Why...