The Forgetting (Hardcover)

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Canaan is a walled city. No one ever leaves the city or even knows what's on the other side. Except Nadia. In Canaan, every twelve years, the entire community forgets everything. The only thing they have to remind them of who they are are the books that they carry, which they are supposed to write in every day. They know the forgetting is coming soon and the town is preparing. They know that soon they will wake up and have no memories of themselves. Except Nadia. She remembers everything.

~ Eight Cousins

— From Holiday Picks 2016


What isn't written, isn't remembered. Even your crimes. Nadia lives in the city of Canaan, where life is safe and structured, hemmed in by white stone walls and no memory of what came before. But every twelve years the city descends into the bloody chaos of the Forgetting, a day of no remorse, when each person's memories -- of parents, children, love, life, and self -- are lost. Unless they have been written.In Canaan, your book is your truth and your identity, and Nadia knows exactly who hasn't written the truth. Because Nadia is the only person in Canaan who has never forgotten.But when Nadia begins to use her memories to solve the mysteries of Canaan, she discovers truths about herself and Gray, the handsome glassblower, that will change her world forever. As the anarchy of the Forgetting approaches, Nadia and Gray must stop an unseen enemy that threatens both their city and their own existence -- before the people can forget the truth. And before Gray can forget her.

About the Author

Sharon Cameron's debut novel The Dark Unwinding was awarded the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators' Sue Alexander Award for Most Promising New Work and the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award, and was named a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection. Sharon is also the author of its sequel, A Spark Unseen; Rook, which was selected as an Indiebound Indie Next List Top Ten selection, a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection, and a Parents' Choice gold medalist; and The Forgetting, an Autumn 2016 Kids' Indie Next List selection. She lives with her family in Nashville, Tennessee, and you can visit her online at
Product Details
ISBN: 9780545945219
ISBN-10: 0545945216
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: September 13th, 2016
Pages: 416
Language: English