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No Safety in Numbers #03: No Dawn Without Darkness by Dayna Lorentz
No Safety in Numbers #03: No Dawn Without Darkness

Beverly B, January 27, 2015

I am so glad No Dawn Without Darkness is the last in the series. My heart and blood pressure could not take any more of this dark, scary and compelling series about a bio-terror attack on a shopping mall. I rarely read a complete series - only when each book is better than the previous do I keep going. Author, Dayna Lorentz, did just that. I am also impressed that she did not back down from the terrifying turn some of her main characters took when they realized they were not going to be saved. Their "whatever it takes to survive" attitude was horrific and realistic. Even the characters who were trying to hold on to their humanity and do the right thing were forced to make hellish decisions. Needless to say, no one survives unscarred.
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The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry
The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place

Beverly B, January 27, 2015

The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place has a silly premise, but is so much fun to read, no one will care. The hilarious mayhem and turmoil, combined with the unique, clever and likable characters makes this an entertaining mystery. Prickwillow Place is a boarding school for girls whose parents can't afford a quality education or whose parents don't care if their daughters get a good education. The girls know this, but are content. They are all good friends, and know that they would probably be misfits and outcasts in a more prestigious school. So, when the headmistress, and her brother, are murdered, the girls fear they will be separated and shipped off to other schools. They decide the only thing to do is keep the deaths a secret and solve the mystery themselves. Together, the girls make-up an almost adequate detective team. I can't wait to see what crisis they will get into next - if there is a sequel.
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The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World's Most Notorious Nazi by Neal Bascomb
The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World's Most Notorious Nazi

Beverly B, January 14, 2015

I think I held my breath the whole time I was reading The Nazi Hunters. It is a fact filled story that reads like a spy thriller. The Nazi Hunters is an important book and fascinating story. A team of spies and Holocaust survivors spent years tracking down Adolf Eichman. When they found him, they executed a complex dangerous plan to get him out of Argentina and to Israel for trial. The details of the plan are mind-boggling. Everything from fake ID's to false passports to how to get to the airport to how much jet fuel they would need had to be perfectly implemented. One mistake and the plan would fail. Eichman would disappear again, and the team would be killed. Interspersed with the spying and planning is the story of the horrendous war crimes Eichman committed against eleven million people. Photos of the people involved with the capture and the trial enrich the facts.
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Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper
Out of My Mind

Beverly B, January 14, 2015

Out of My Mind is a coming of age story and a family story. Melody, a scary smart tween who can't talk because she has cerebral palsy, wants more than anything to have friends. She would even be happy if her classmates, and her teachers, would just talk to her like she was a normal kid. I appreciated that author, Sharon Draper, did not want readers to feel pity for Melody. Draper created a character who, like most tweens, is sometimes hard to like. Melody can be demanding, whiney and uncooperative. Most people assume her brain is as damaged as her body. Her teachers ignore her, and her classmates make fun of her. When she is not overwhelmed with frustration, Melody is funny, sensitive, and kind. Her life changes when she gets a computer similar to Stephan Hawking's computer. For the first time, she can talk, and she blows everyone away with how smart she is. Draper keeps the story realistic. Melody's life does not suddenly turn around and become all good. But Melody is empowered, and she is determined to stay on a path to success and a normal life.
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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Beverly B, January 14, 2015

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is hands down the best, the most captivating, and most memorable book I have read in a long long time. It is supposedly a YA coming of age novel, but most adults will be more entertained and moved by it than teen readers. Adults will appreciate the powerful poetic writing and protagonist, Ari's, feelings of loneliness and insignificance. Teens will be surprised and saddened by some of the events. Adults will see them coming. Adults know that keeping secrets never leads to happiness. Luckily for Ari, he has a new best friend, and parents, who are determined help him discover how amazing he is. I almost did not read Aristotle and Dante. The first page opened with the cheery sentences: "I was fifteen. I was bored. I was miserable." I thought, Ugh. Another whiney teen story. But the next sentence was so beautiful, it almost brought me to tears: "The sun could have melted the blue right off the sky. Then the sky could be as miserable as I was." That was just the first of many unforgettably beautiful sentences.
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