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Memento Nora Book Talk

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Marshall Cavendish Corp/Ccb (April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761458298
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761458296

Book Description: In Nora’s world you don’t have to put up with nightmares. Nora goes with her mother to TFC–a Therapeutic Forgetting Clinic. There, she can describe her horrible memory and take the pill that will erase it. But at TFC, a chance encounter with a mysterious guy changes Nora’s life. She doesn’t take the pill. And when Nora learns the memory her mother has chosen to forget, she realizes that someone needs to remember. With newfound friends Micah and Winter, Nora makes a comic book of their memories called Memento. It’s an instant hit, but it sets off a dangerous chain of events. Will Nora, Micah, and Winter be forced to take the Big Pill that will erase their memories forever?

Angie Smibert’s remarkable debut novel takes readers on a thrilling ride through shadowy world where corporations secretly rule–and wish you’d just keep shopping.

Reader’s Guide: (The Memento Nora Project & Teacher’s Lounge)

Read-aloud selection: Chapter 1 (Free download)

Author website:

Book website:


School Library Journal: “…the themes of inquiry and fighting back will resonate with young and old.”

The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books:fuses the politically charged projections of Anderson’s Feed and Doctorow’s Little Brother with the breathtakingly personal implications of selective amnesia, resulting in a multi-threaded plot that manages to be both complex and comfortably easy to follow (in other words, enjoyable for sci-fi fans and newbies alike). The fast pace encourages readers to fall headfirst into a gripping suspense-adventure ride, letting the thematic issues simmer beneath the surface while they are carried away on the surprise twists, memorable supporting characters, and interpersonal dynamics (including a romance) that are absorbing but never melodramatic.

Lists / Awards:

A Junior Library Guild Selection for 2011 for Level C – Advanced Readers.

YALSA’s 2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults Nominations. (

Booklist’s Books under 200 Pages.

Subjects: Science Fiction, Dystopian, Terrorism, Consumerism, Civil Liberties, Underground Comics

Available for librarians and teachers:

  • The Memento Nora Project (  opportunity for middle and high school students to create and publish their own underground comics online at
  • Teacher’s Lounge:  activities, classroom curriculum (available this summer), and discussion questions.  (
  • Skype Visits
  • Free bookmarks
  • Excerpt from Memento Nora
  • Trivia Challenge at The Great Scavenger Hunt Contest (  Select  Trivia Challenges >>Young Adult>>M-N-O

Contact Angie:

Get the word on MEMENTO NORA: Website, Facebook Fan Page

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"...a gift for both reluctant and regular readers.”

- Booklist

“…the themes of inquiry and fighting back will resonate
with young and old.”

-School Library Journal

“The novel is taut and lean; Smibert’s prose is quick and fluid…”
–Horn Book Magazine

“Engaging, spirited characters and a plot that can stand on its own…This story could provide great fodder for discussions about the relative roles of government, business and the individual in a world of increasing consolidation and conformity.”

—Children’s Literature