Jadie in Five Dimensions by Dianne D. Salerni. Holiday House, 2021. 9780823449095
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
Genre: Science fiction
What did you like about the book? Thirteen year old Jadie shares some things with her parents – like them, she and her brother are agents of Miss Rose, a being from a higher dimensional universe. They perform missions around the world that alter the course of events, “guiding the human race to a better future”, or so they are told. But, Jadie is also different. She is adopted, has brown skin (her mother is a redhead and her father is Black), and questions the motives of Miss Rose and the Seers. Who really stands to benefit from agents’ “course corrections”? When she accidentally notices a photo of herself as a baby in the home where a mission takes place and learns that she was not abandoned and then saved by adoption, she has to wonder who lied to whom, and why.
This fast-moving, exciting world of alternate dimensions is written with intriguing futuristic physics – there are transporters, science around Escher drawings, Möbius strips and tesseracts, and the exploration of different dimensions in space. There is intrigue as Jadie and her cohorts try to figure out how to thwart the all-knowing Seers and find out if the Resisters are legit, and there is personal searching, as she must decide who her real family is. All around a great read. I couldn’t put it down!
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? This middle grade novel will appeal to fans of sci-fi. It checks all the boxes – a bevy of diverse characters, cool science, kids of different genders working together, and a personal quest.
Who should buy this book? Elementary and middle school and public libraries
Where would you shelve it ? Fiction
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA
Date of review: January 9, 2022