Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4
What did you like about the book? The story is intense, and will have any reader asking a lot of questions and frequently speaking out loud to themselves.
Rosi is a likable, believable protagonist – she’s not a 12-year-old girl who suddenly develops ninja skills at the perfect time or has intelligence beyond her years. She’s a kind child who just wants to protect her brother and all the children of Fredtown.The mystery behind why the children were exiled kept me engrossed – I needed to know why they were sent away and what happened to their town and parents. Haddix provides answers in the last few chapters.
Anything you didn’t like about it? The end felt a little too rushed.
To whom would you recommend this book? The disturbing violence makes it a little too inappropriate for elementary school readers…best to recommend for tweens and above.
Who should buy this book? School and public libraries
Where would you shelve it? Science Fiction
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Kasia Piasecka, Falmouth Public Library, Falmouth, MA
Date of review: 11/25/16