these books are geared more towards sixth grade through high school and beyond, unless otherwise noted.
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I was so fortunate to get an advanced copy of this book from Netgalley to read before it was even published. I read When You Reach Me by this author years ago and was fascinated by the story and the writing. I was not disappointed in this new book by her. I felt it was a good way to cover some teen issues while switching focus to more than one character. I will say when it jumps to the unnamed person on Valentine's Day (which is a necessary and good part of the overall story), it can be distracting keeping track of who is who and connecting what is happening once you find out who the mystery person is. Otherwise, I highly recommend this one to students as low as the strong readers in 3rd or 4th grade. Older students in high school may find it a bit too juvenile for them, though the themes are still applicable.
This title is a new book out in October. It is a genre unlike anything I have ever read before, and I loved it! What if Hitler had not been defeated when he actually was? What if Germany was allied to Japan and lasted longer in World War II than the country actually did? What if all the medical experiments Hitler had his staff perform on those imprisoned in concentration camps actually created people with powers, powers to shift and change their appearances? This book looks at those possibilities with interesting characters and conflicts readers could not even imagine. The book switches from the main character's past to her present, building her back story and revealing details that explain how and why she gets involved in this plot to destroy Hitler. It is set during an exciting race across the country on motorcycles with characters who are never who they seem.
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