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I had this book sitting on my desk for about a month. Then I hear that it was nominated for a teen “National Book Award” and to the top of the pile it exploded. This book read like a novel, specifically a Dan Brown thriller, with short chapters that hop around the world with stunning tension-filled stories, that are true. I loved the espionage missions of the Norwegian resistance fighters. Perhaps one of the few concerns was that there was no follow-up to the rest of their lives as there was for the American spy, Hall, and the brilliant physicist, Oppenheimer. The epilogue was the only section of the book sprinkled with the author’s viewpoints, but I think this cautionary tale deserves his take on nuclear weapons.

What a nail-biter!

And if you are brave enough to look at the bibliographies, you will be amazed at the attributions! I like how
Sheinkin attributes the direct quotes, not MLA formatted, but in a very reader-friendly.

Steve’s Website


In a dismal tale strongly replicating the social revolution in Russia, young Yuri lives a life of suspicion and dread, escapes from his village, finally is taken as “an enemy of the state” and pulled from his cushy agricultural experiment position to forced labor camp in a Siberia-like location. The dehumanizing horrors of the camp are described in detail. Escaping with two inmates, thanks to the help of a swindling guard, Yuri discovers that his companions invited him along as provisions. His ability to act the idiot and fool them saves his life. As the book ends, he has become a leader of the resistance movement, and the long soliloquy at the end of the book is prophetic of his grandmother’s oft-quoted statement: “Only a fool cheers when the new prince rises.”

ENDERS Rating: I know you don’t like depressing books, but this is a must-read!

Anne Fine’s Website