IAM1: I Am Margaret

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"Great style... like The Hunger Games." Eoin Colfer, author of Artemis Fowl

A future dystopian thriller retelling the story of St. Margaret Clitherow.

In Margo’s world, belief is a crime and the imperfect are “sorted” out of the general population when they are 18 to be “
recycled” by the medical industry.

Margo’s a Believer, so when she fails Sorting, she stays silent to protect her family.
Bane, her unbelieving boyfriend, vows to rescue her -- he knows not how.

But when Margo has an unexpected chance to take on the system, the stakes get even higher.
Now she has to escape, or face the worst punishment of all:
Conscious Dismantlement.

 Read the 1st four chapters of Book 1...


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Praise for I Am Margaret:

An intelligent, well-written and enjoyable debut from
a young writer with a bright future.
author of The Soterion Mission

This book invaded my dreams.

Margaret, Bane, Jon and the Major have stayed with me
long since I finished reading about them.

A wonderful and gripping book, and frightening too!
I'm profoundly impressed.

One of the best Christian fiction books I have read.
CAT CAIRD, blogger, ‘Sunshine Lenses’

A very good read—I stayed up too late reading the next chapter,
then the next...!

I AM MARGARET was awarded the ‘Seal of Approval’ by the
Catholic Writers Guild in November 2014.

Age 16+

8.5" x 5.5"

302 pages


The Three Most Wanted by Corinna Turner. Book 2 in the I AM Margaret series  Liberation by Corinna Turner. Book 3 in the I AM MARGARET series. 

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  • 5
    Gripping, Disturbing, Amazing

    Posted by Bri, loves to read on 18th Apr 2016

    Brilliant! The hope, disappointment, confusion, loyalty, and love are all so clear with each character. Evil is not perfectly or fully dark in other characters, and the main characters struggle with this. Good is often clear but potentially rationalized as an end when the means might not matter as much for the characters, depending on the situation. I love the main characters. I admire them in all their humanity. Each one has a beautiful value system that permeates their lives no matter their flaws. All supporting characters are well developed for this story. The ups, downs, and twists felt exhausting, almost as though I was in the book. My emotions rode this roller-coaster. I could not put the book down. Post read, I very much appreciate the heroes in this book and so enjoy that each is courageous and strong while still vulnerable. None are overly heroic and they rely on each others' strengths while accepting each person's less than strong attributes. They are quite real. It's enough to make me pause and ask myself how I might react or handle their situation. Corinna Turner is a gifted writer. I look forward to future work from her.

  • 5
    Awesome book!

    Posted by Tess on 17th Feb 2016

    I wasn't sure I wanted to read it but when I picked it up, I couldn't put it down. It almost reminds me of the Hunger Games at times.

  • 5

    Posted by Marie Winker on 23rd Dec 2015

    I finished I AM MARGARET this morning. It seems like a prophetic book. Very well written - it even interfered with my sleep a couple nights.

  • 4

    Posted by Eileen Larkin Wilkin on 6th Dec 2015

    Before you read this book, be warned: it is difficult to put down! You would be wise to start it at a time when sleep may be less important to you, because this book is a page-turner! I have read this, as well as books 2 and 3, and can't wait for book 4. It is so refreshing to read good literature in which the characters are not perfect, but trying to live out their faith in spite of the difficulties they face. It calls to mind THE HUNGER GAMES or UNWIND, but with Catholic characters. After reading them myself on my NOOK, I bought the hard copies for my teen daughter, knowing she will love them. I would not feel comfortable having a younger teen read them, because of the bed sharing. Although the two remained pure, and were doing it for self-preservation reasons, the author could have spent less time on it, and not made it an every-night event.

  • 5
    Fabulously Written; Terrifyingly Real

    Posted by Unknown on 16th Oct 2015

    It has taken me some time to write a review, simply because I was so blown away by the book. Turner has created a believable scenario that challenges any Christian to contemplate the strength of his or her faith where the rubber meets the road. Believable, connectable characters; honest, thoughtful portrayal of faith and death; absolutely spot-on understanding of human nature. Well done.

  • 5
    Absolutely stunned by how wonderful it is

    Posted by Tony Kolenc on 16th Sep 2015

    'I Am Margaret' is a stunning page-turner--fresh, insightful, and thoroughly wonderful!

  • 5
    Looking forward to reading the rest of the series

    Posted by Joseph Wetterling on 9th Sep 2015

    The beginning was a punch in the gut. It was hard to get through -- and I mean that in the best possible way. The ending went by in a flash, and I paced the room reading the penultimate chapter. Everything in between was alternatively moving, exciting, and sad in turns. It moved along well.

    Margaret pays real prices - emotionally, physically, and socially (for instance, with Jon) for the choices she makes. She doesn't always make the best choices, but she makes understandable poor choices at times. Ms. Turner doesn't cheat on that, and she doesn't let the hidden Christians get away with sin, or even the appearance of sin, without at least some cost.

    I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

  • 5

    Posted by Ben Dunphy on 2nd Aug 2015

    I have not been able to find a lot of good, Catholic teen fiction out there right now, and that can be frustrating. This is. Great, characters, a believable world, a gripping story, and a Catholic main character. The only things I have against it are the language (I have never heard my Catholic friends use most of those words) and a (extremely common) misconception of Confirmation. I can't wait to get my hands on Three Most Wanted!

  • 4
    Loved the Book but...

    Posted by Anne (age 17) on 22nd Jul 2015

    This book was hard to set down and I am about to purchase the second one. Unfortunately I was hoping to recommend this book as an alternative to popular teen books to my younger brothers (aged 15 and below), but will not due to the kisses and bed sharing. The romance is very similar to the romance in the Hunger Games.