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City of Lies by Lian Tanner
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May 29, 12

bookshelves: adventure, dystopic-fiction, friends, magic, tcp, thms
Read from May 20 to 26, 2012

In this second installment in the series, Goldie has to go to the city of Spoke to try to save her friend Toadspit and his sister Bonnie. Goldie and Toadspit had been on their way to the Museum of Dunt in the middle of the night, and Bonnie decided to follow them. When two strange men pass them, the kids don't pay much attention...until they realize that Bonnie is gone. Who are those men? And why did they take Bonnie? And where are they taking her? As the two try to help Bonnie, Toadspit is also abducted, and Goldie is on her own in a strange city. Things get even stranger when Goldie finds out that her arrival in Spoke coincides with the annual Festival of Lies when veryone is required to speak in lies. Goldie befriends two street "snotties", one who willingly helps her and the other who willingly sets her up. Tanner has done an outstanding job building the setting, so that the city itself--or at least its unusual festival--comes alive. Goldie is a sassy, smart heroine. Toadspit and Bonnie are well-developed characters. Adult characters are all stereotypical good guys or bad guys, but they play those roles so well to support the action and tension. Along with Museum of Thieves, and excellent choice for readers who loved the Huger Games, and also for those too young for Hunger Games, but ready for some high quality dystopic fiction. Grades 4-8(+).

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