Tabula Rasa

From the Series The Tabula Rasa Saga

  • Interest Level: Grade 7 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 7

The Bourne Identity meets Divergent in this action-packed debut thriller with a Katniss-esque heroine fighting to regain her memories and stay alive, set against a dystopian hospital background.

Sarah finds herself in a battle for her life within the walls of her hospital-turned-prison. A procedure to eliminate her memory goes awry, and she starts to remember snatches of her past. Was she an urban terrorist or vigilante? Has the procedure been her salvation or her destruction? The answers lie trapped within her mind. To access them, she’ll need the help of the teen computer hacker who’s trying to bring the hospital down for his own reasons, and she’ll need to evade an army of mercenary soldiers poised to eliminate her for good. If only she knew why . . .

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Interest Level Grade 7 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 7
Genre Young Adult
Copyright 2014
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Lab ®
Language English
Number of Pages 358
Publication Date 2014-08-01
Text Type Fiction—Science Fiction/Fantasy
BISACS YAF001000, YAF056000, YAF015000
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 5.5 x 8.25
Lexile 650
ATOS Reading Level 4.5
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 183728
Accelerated Reader® Points 11.0
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, and Reviewed


  • Indiana Young Hoosier Book Award Nominee, Nominated, 2014
  • Kids’ Indie Next List (ABA), Winner, 2014
  • In the Margins: Best Books for Teens Nominee, Nominated, 2014


Library Media Connection

“This book is a fast-paced action-adventure read with a touch of scary sci-fi added.” —Library Media Connection


“With a plot that reads like a movie script, even reluctant readers will be sucked in. This is a great thriller.” —VOYA


“[It] pulses with vivid, original details, engrossing readers and leaving them begging for a sequel.” —Booklist

Publishers Weekly

“[A] very entertaining game for thriller fans.” —Publishers Weekly

The Horn Book Magazine

“Sarah is an impressively fierce heroine with personality to spare. A page-turning adventure that will leave readers hoping for a sequel.” —The Horn Book Magazine

Author: Kristen Lippert-Martin

Kristen Lippert-Martin earned her MFA from Columbia University. She's worked at Time magazine, the world-renowned Brookings Institution, and even did a stint as a stand-up comic before turning to writing full-time. She’s a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and was awarded the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators’ Work-in-Progress grant in 2010. She likes to write stories about people who are secretly awesome and just need to find the right circumstances—often difficult—to discover themselves. Tabula Rasa, her debut novel, was released in September, 2014. It was an Independent Booksellers Association IndieNext pick for Fall 2014 and is a finalist for the International Thriller Writers 2015 Thriller Awards for best young adult novel. She lives in Arlington, Virginia, with her husband and four children.