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Boy Nobody by Allen Zadoff

 

boy nobodyBibliographic Information:

Zadoff, Allen. Boy Nobody. New York: Little , Brown and Company, 2013 (978-0-316-19968-1).

Genre:

  • Action
  • Adventure
  • Spy thriller

 

Plot Summary:

When a young assassin is given an assignment to kill the father of a girl he is falling for, he begins to reconsider the choices he made in his past.

Critical Evaluation:

Zadoff has created a likeable and realistic character in his teenage killer. Unlike many spy thrillers, Zadoff takes the time to explore Benjamin’s past and the decisions he made to bring him to this point. But, the author doesn’t wallow in the past. He keeps the plot moving with enough twists and turns to keep the reader guessing with just a drop of romance for some spice.

I am looking forward to the sequel.

Bottom Line:

Worth adding to a high school library collection. Likeable main character struggling with his choices. Full of action and twists and turns.

Reading Level/Interest Age:

  • Young Adult

Challenge Issues:

  • Violence

Brain Jack by Brian Falkner

So, can we be brain jacked?

Brain Jack is an excellent addition to the very strong list of technology-driven books written for teens lately. The plot is focused, the characters are well-developed, and the setting is tomorrow. Falkner has taken the real concepts of gaming addiction, brain-computer interfaces, and computer security and weaved them a great tale.

Sam is a techno-nerd whose idea of fun is hacking into impenetrable computer systems. When his latest hack lands him in Reckton Hall Juvenile Detention Center, he doesn’t realize that he has just become part of a bigger game. If he can hack his way out of Reckton, the rules of the game will change and he will be one of the players.

Paladin Prophecy by Mark Frost

I finished reading The Paladin Prophecy over Spring Break; a difficult task as my son kept beating me to the Kindle – a sure sign that a book will be successful. I think I won this race because I am a faster reader. I can’t arm wrestle him for the books anymore –  he’s as big as me.

As the cowriter of the screenplay for the film Fantastic Four, Mark Frost knows how to create a fast paced, action filled plot with more twists and turns than a rollercoaster. In this modern fantasy, Will West has been taught to stay in the middle of the pack by his careful parents. In fact, rule number 3 in “Dad’s List of Rules to Live By” is: Don’t draw attention to yourself. When Will scores unexpectedly high on a nationwide test he suddenly learns why he should always live by Dad’s rules.

Now as Will is hiding from the men in black who kidnapped his parents in an exclusive prep-school, he finds himself in the middle of an out-of-this world plot involving a secret society, guardian angels, computer games, and creatures from the Never-Was. Lucky for Will, he has found a cadre of friends as unusual as he turning out to be.

Frost has created a superhero plot worthy of any Marvel comic. What saves this story from being too excessive is Frost’s use of humor and the central focus on Will’s struggle to understand the bizarre world he is now part of.

If the reader is willing to suspend his disbelief long enough to be caught in the suspense he will enjoy the ride – and look out for the sequel.

For ages 12 and up. 3/5 stars.

The Paladin Prophecy will be in stores in September 2012