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Munmun

Jesse Andrews

Andrews’ (The Haters, 2016) brilliant novel is a social satire of economic inequality made intense by an adventure that is both hilarious and heartbreaking. It's set in an alternate reality where a citizen's physical size is determined by their wealth. The destitute, known as littlepoors are tiny while the rich grow to be hundreds of feet tall. The poor live in a world where getting out of poverty is nearly impossible and every day they face dangers from cat attacks to being stepped on by the bigger rich people. Warner, 14 and his older sister Prayer are littlepoors and know their only hope is to find a rich husband for Prayer. But how can they prevent certain disaster and survive in a world that’s built against them?