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Independence Hall by Roland Smith
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really liked it
bookshelves: mystery, spine-tinglers, young-adult
Read from November 14 to 16, 2011

I believe that Roland Smith is one of the most underappreciated YA writers out there. Why? One reason is because I had never heard of this novel until it was nominated for Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults Adventure list. And I should have! I read Peak back in March and enjoyed it, so I was looking forward to the first book in this series, even though I didn't like the young boy picture on the front cover. In the book, Q is 13 and his new step-sister is 15, so I'm not sure why the boy on the cover looks to be about 8. That's a real detriment to potential readers.

Q and Angela become step-siblings at the beginning of this book and also go on tour with their rock-singing parents. As if that's not fantastic enough, Angela's real mom was a secret service agent who was killed in action a few years before. And that's where the adventure begins. The siblings are thrust into a world of espionage, Israeli terrorists, politics, secrets, and violence. I really enjoyed the non-stop action and appreciated the plot twists that were simple enough for kids to understand, but complicated enough to hold my interest.
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11/15/2011 "I'm LOVING this book!" 2 comments

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message 1: by Carolyn (new)

Carolyn Roys When I come across a sucky cover, I have the art kids create me a new one then I use contact paper and put it over the old. They are usually so much better. One teacher has that as one of her assignments - create an alternate cover that captures the essense of the book. The reviews they are writing are going on the flaps when I find time. Cheers!


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