By Karen Krossing


In a time when genetic engineering is forbidden, Lenni wants nothing more than to be pure.

With the potential for cloning already a reality, today's teens will soon have to face some major ethical questions. Who has a right to determine a person's genetic makeup? And how will we treat our genetic underclass?

In Pure, fifteen-year-old Lenni is a gifted healer to some and to others only skidge—an illegal genetic experiment gone horribly wrong. Set in the future where genetic engineering of humans is forbidden, this novel tells of Lenni's escape from Dawn, a community controlled by the Genetic Purity Council, or Purity.

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About the Author

Karen Krossing’s first novel for teens, Take the Stairs, has been shortlisted for the 2005 Ontario Library Association’s White Pine Award. Karen was a book editor and technical writer before she began writing fiction. She lives in Toronto with her husband and two daughters.

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Product Information

  • Release: September 13, 2005

  • $10.95 Paperback

  • 248 Pages

  • 5.25 x 7.75

  • Teen Fiction

  • Ages 12-14 / Grades 7-9

  • Guided Reading: Z+

  • ISBN: 9781896764962


  • Character Education
    > Strong Female Characters

  • Language Arts
    > Science Fiction


Praise for Pure

"Pure is a welcome addition to the speculative fiction genre, and is a fascinating and thought-provoking novel that will not easily be forgotten." - Canadian Children's Book News

"...[Pure] explores not only the implications of uncontrolled experimentation with the building blocks of life but also the human need for compassion and understanding." - City Parent

"Excellent... Lenni discovers that being different does not have to be frightening or embarrassing. It can be empowering." - Resource Links

"Simply written, Pure is interesting enough to recommend to reluctant readers." - School Library Journal