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The Terrorist

3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  1,182 ratings  ·  80 reviews
Sixteen-year-old Laura, an American living in London, tries to find the person responsible for the death of her younger brother Billy, who has been killed by a terrorist bomb.
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published September 1st 1997 by Scholastic
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Mari Grimm
This book was absolutely appalling. It is obvious that Ms. Cooney is arrogant, close- minded, and blindly racist. Her book sickened me with it's blatant generalisations about Muslims and Middle- easterners; the idea that all Middle- easterners are sketchy, Anti- American, borderline violent Muslim extremists.

The main character is vapid and annoying and the premises of the novel make me groan. The notion that all Americans abroad should feel personally threatened by the presence of "Arabs", as M...more
Michele
The more I read banned books, the more I realize that just because a book is banned, does not mean it's good literature.

I thought Cooney's writing style would have improved between The Milk Carton and The Terrorist but no, same cardboard characters and language that tells, not shows. Unlikable characters who don't mature and show nothing more than shallow development through the course of the story.

This book was challenged because of portrayals of Muslims, but, frankly, I'm offended by the way s...more
Amara
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Thien Doan
The ending has a different approach than I expected, which I'm going to like this ending. Because the author made less action involved, but more main on oral speech. I know that can be lame, but I liked it. "Jehran said nothing." The scene has built a lot of imagery. The way of how the character expresses themselves. Larua was pretty darn mad once she had figured it out. She was mad the whole time in this book. Which I found key of book. This has drag lots of emotion of out of here. "What you ta...more
Celeste_pewter
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Viktoria Jean
After i read this book, i realised that the 'terrorist' that the author is talking about is not necessary those in army uniforms, holding huge bazookas and snipers and those who look especially tough and mean. A terrorist is just anyone with the intention of harming someone else. The author makes the idea clear that a terrorist can live in just anyone's heart, as seen in the case of Jehran, a sweet small girl whom noone would ever guess was the one who paid the guards to plant a bomb in Billy's...more
Rachel
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Emily
I enjoyed this story, I found some of the plot twists stretched the feeling of realism, but the description of London as an international community as well as the portrayal of Americans, American attitudes, and the attitudes of others towards Americans feels honest and authentic. A good introduction to these ideas for young readers trying to understand our place in the world.
Ali C
Dec 05, 2008 Ali C rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone!!
This is absolutely my favorite book by caroline b. cooney. I cried (just a little), got mad.. basically related to the character.. No I haven't dealt with anything like that but I could only imagine how she felt.
KyleeJ
I can see why this book what challenged. Even at 34 I could only read it in small chunks. I'm sure my 16yo could handle THE TERRORIST, but I wouldn't want her to be required to read it.
Allie
Jan 28, 2009 Allie is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
So far this book is really good, it is a really easy read, and it keeps your attention. My friend told me about it, and now i cant put it down. I can't wait to find out in the end.!
Renae
it was really sad but also very well told, you could really tell how much pain the main character "laura was in"
Melanie
Overall this was an average book. The middle was a little slow but the ending was made up for it.
Kymali
Mar 23, 2014 Kymali is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
The Terrorist

By : Caroline B. Cooney

I am currently reading this book called The Terrorist By : Caroline B. Cooney and I think that she really has good suspense.She really can get people to read her books, and from the beginning all the way to the end Caroline has kept the story interesting. I love how she makes the sometime upsetting but still have you at the edge of your seat. For example it is upsetting that the boy died of a bomb hidden in a package but it has at edge of your seat to find...more
Roberta love youuuu
I REALLY loved this book. It is one of the best I've reas in a very long time.
Katriina
Don't live in London , England.
Heather Wood
I was very excited to read this book since I grew up being a big fan of Caroline Cooney’s books. As weird as it sounds, I used to pretend I was Janie Johnson from The Face on the Milk Carton (if you read the book, you know how strange this is). I can’t say I was a huge fan of The Terrorist and it was only an okay read for me.

What I Liked: Billy is the heart of this book. He really made this book jump from a two star rating to a three star rating. The first chapter was gripping as we experience t...more
Adam
Caroline B. Cooney paints a horrifying tale of revenge as Laura Williams, a 16 year old British international student, finds out that her brother was targeted by a terrorist attack and killed. The first scene of the book has Laura's brother running through a train with his friend. A strange man hands him a package and tells him that his friend dropped it and leaves. Laura's brother remembers all the drills he had at school and realizes the package is a bomb, but didn't want anyone else to die. S...more
Christian Wright
I thought The Terrorist by Caroline Cooney was a decently good book. The story after the main conflict was pretty boring for a while until the story started to pick up. The end was pretty disappointing in and of itself. The main conflict is resolved but not the way i would have imagined. It was eye opening for me because in the book a sister looses her brother. This made me think about what if I lost my sister and how it would affect me, my parents, and life as I know it.

This book is about a gi...more
Jillian Campbell
Summary: Laura Williams and her family live in London. As the only American kids at their school it is easy for Laura to make friends. However, her world is turned upside down when her younger brother Billy is killed by a bomb in the underground. Laura then spends her days trying to track down who did this, convinced that it was someone that she knows. After she finally starts to get over what happened and accept her new life as an only child, she starts to do normal things with friends again. W...more
John Swiech
The Terrorist by Caroline B. Cooney. I.I thought this book was alright.This book is about a eleven year old little boy billy was killed by a packed bomb that somebody gave to him, while he was trying to catch up to his older sister Laura. Laura and billy didn't like living in London, but after five months they got used to it. until one day they were trying to get on a plane when billy was running behind Laura and someone stopped him and gave him a package tilling him that his sister dropped in....more
Sandra Strange
When her 11 year old brother is blown up in a terrorist bombing in the London tube, Laura’s focus changes from empty headed concern over clothes and boys to avowals of revenge and terror she will be the next target. Unfortunately, the year her family is spending in London, with her attendance at an international school filled with students from varied countries and cultures, becomes a disaster rather than the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity it was meant to be. The denouement is a little unbelieva...more
Selena Ibarra
I my opinion I think it was a really good book. I loved it but I understand why the book is banned in my school. it's mostly about an 11 year boy that got killed by a bomb that was given by a stranger letting him know that it was something that one of his friends left in the train. And so Billy took it and was curious and opened it an notice it was a bomb. He was in front of a women and her baby. So he hugged it so he won't harm the baby. And that was how he died. His sister Laura is now trying...more
Danial
I'm honestly not sure what to make of this book. I finished it, so it wasn't a horrible story line, but it was far from one of the better novels that I've read. I think the premise was a little juvenile and lacked inspiration, but the writing style and the suspense of the hunt for Billy's killer was enough to keep me reading.

There were a few typos in the book, which (while it didn't distract from the enjoyment) just added salt to the wound of lacking plot. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyo...more
Allison
The beginning of this book will hook you immediately, as it's told from the point of view of Billy, an American living in London with his family for a year. Billy starts a normal day, exploring his new city and looking forward to everything in life. As he's racing two classmates to school, he's handed a package. By the time he realizes what the package is, it's too late. The rest of the book is told by his surviving family members as they try to find the terrorist who targeted an 11-year-old boy...more
Jessica
I really liked this book. It was a quick read, but it opened my eyes to situations that must be concerns for a lot of people.

Laura and her family are Americans living in London for a year for her father's job. Laura's brother Billy was handed a package bomb one day on his way to school ad he was killed. Laura spends the rest of the book trying to make sense of her brother's death and figure out who was responsible.

I feel like the characters in some of Caroline B. Cooney's other books are more f...more
Jayda Johnson
The Terrorist by Caroline B. Cooney is a great book for all ages. I am a young adult but I believe that anybody could this book. It is like a mix between mystery and realistic fiction. Once I finished reading this book, I just sat there thinking about the entire story. I highly recommend this book to those who love Agatha Christie novels.
Ben
Ten year old Billy killed by a bomb that was given to him by a stranger and 16 year old Laura, Billy's sister is trying to find out who the killer is. As she finds out who the killer is the family breaks apart. I really like the book because it see one of the possbilities that this will happen to a family. Even though this bookis banned i still recommend it. But if you feel that you are af-end by this book then i don't recommend this because the bombing is actually a real event and it killed alo...more
Niko
The book starts off with Laura's younger brother dying from a terrorist bombing. It's all downhill from there. She finds her once in a lifetime experience attending a new school to be nothing but a pain. A diverse crowd of students isn't what Laura thought it would be. After making new friends as trying to find out who her brother's killer was, Laura finds that it is one of her close friends. I think this book was meant to be a social commentary stating something negative about the concept of tr...more
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Caroline Cooney knew in sixth grade that she wanted to be a writer when "the best teacher I ever had in my life" made writing her main focus. "He used to rip off covers from The New Yorker and pass them around and make us write a short story on whichever cover we got. I started writing then and never stopped!"
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