As Red As Blood – Salla Simukka


516zo3umyzl    As Red As Blood – Salla Simukka, (translated from the Finnish by Owen F. Witesman), Crown, (9781524713416), 2017

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Genre: Mystery

What did you like about the book? Lumikki is living on her own after winning admittance to a very good school seventy miles from home which does not take boarders. She is getting very good grades and keeps to herself after having been very bullied in her younger years. In February she finds bloodied money, a lot of bloodied money, hanging to dry in the school’s darkroom. Returning later, it is gone, but one of the people who hung it, has seen her and now she is involved. Lumikki trains physically and is very adept at taking care of herself which is a very good thing considering what happens next and next and next.

Anything you didn’t like about it? Only the wait until the next two books are published in the United States…

To whom would you recommend this book? Lumikki has been compared to Lisbeth Salander from The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo. Not too far off. Give to teens who like originality, very strong female characters and mystery. Oh, it is also Finnish having been translated into English.

Who should buy this book? Public and high school libraries

Where would you shelve it? YA fiction

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Moderator, Youth Services Book Review

Date of review: 1/23/2017

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