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The Tyrant's Daughter by J.C. Carleson
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I don't know how many teens are going to pick this book up on their own, so teachers and librarians are going to have to be prepared to recommend this one. I feel it is an important book in that it addresses current events and political issues important for students to think about. Especially of value is the commentary written by Dr. Cheryl Benard, "Truth in Fiction". This is something most teens will not read unless interested in the topic so again, teachers and librarians need to be prepared to share this with readers.

Carleson's book raises great questions for readers. What does one do when discovering that the father you love and who has shown great love toward you turns out to be an evil dictator responsible for the deaths and torture of many? How would one cope with this discovery? The main character, Laila, is only fifteen when she is exiled to the United States after her uncle has her father shot in a coup to take over the country. Once in the US, Laila begins to read and learn about her father's regime from information published in Western papers, articles, and various other sources. What she learns is very different from the "truth" she knows. How can this be? And that is going to be just one of the main questions teens will want answers to.

This novel is believable and will help teens living in the US begin to think about life in the Middle East from a teen's perspective. This will be a very good book to add to Choice Read selections in World History, Psychology, and Government classes.

The book also contains some recommendations for further reading on the Middle East and Arab Spring.

I received an advance review copy from NetGalley.
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January 20, 2014 – Finished Reading
January 24, 2014 – Shelved
January 24, 2014 – Shelved as: whats-new-in-ya-lit-2014

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