Today’s bonus review is a cover that grabbed be from the get go:
The book jacket blurb had me anxious to immerse myself in the story:
The marshals are looking for the perfect girl to join a mother, father, and son on the run from the nation’s most notorious criminals. After all, the bad guys are searching for a family with one kid, not two, and adding a streetwise girl who knows a little something about hiding things may be just what the marshals need.
Nicki swears she can keep the Trevor family safe, but to do so she’ll have to dodge hitmen, cyberbullies, and the specter of standardized testing, all while maintaining her marshal-mandated B-minus average. As she barely balances the responsibilities of her new identity, Nicki learns that the biggest threats to her family’s security might not lurk on the road from New York to North Carolina, but rather in her own past.
The story moves along at a nice pace as 13-year-old Charlotte (the former Nicki) moves in and spends a school year with the displaced family. She’s been in foster care ever since her grandmother died so she’s well versed in adjusting to a new family. She likes the parents, but their son (her fake new brother) is not nearly as likeable. Jackson is obviously upset with the whole situation and has an attitude throughout.
Told in first person through Charlotte’s eyes, there are several chapter endings giving us an update on the bad guys pursuit of the Trevors. The school scenes ring true with the different types of kids you find in a middle school. Charlotte is far from perfect with some rather interesting skills she’s picked up.
My only negative was the tidy climatic scene that had me saying “Come on. Really?” It brought the side plots together in too convenient a fashion. Regardless, it didn’t ruin the story for me. An entertaining read that has a hint of a sequel on the final page.
With some light language and a few violent scenes, I’d recommend this one to the higher end of Middle Grade (grades six and seven).
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