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Bomb by Steve Sheinkin
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Jul 02, 2012

it was amazing
Read in September, 2012

Excellent. The research, the writing, the plotting, the settings --- this book has it all. I am in awe of how Sheinkin managed to do the work (his sourcing looks to be impeccable), sift down to the material he ended up using, keep the multiple narrative threads going effectively, fantastic character development and write with such incredible verve. As others have pointed out parts of this are better than any thriller, say the Norwegian actions. I know bits and pieces of the story, but Sheinkin has done them fresh for a new audience. One of my favorite thing was the way he would pull such funny and human quotes. Say from page 79: "There was back-slapping," Haukelid said of the happy moment, "and much strong hearty cursing." This is the stuff that is especially appealing to the child audience (on the older end of the Newbery range, I'd say). I absolutely agree with all the other raves on this one. Still thinking about it. My blog review here.
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29.0% ""There was back-slapping," Haukelid said of the happy moment, "and much strong hearty cursing.""

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