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Annotation: Germany, 1939. After her mother is shot at a checkpoint, fifteen-year-old Sarah finds herself on the run from a government that wants to see her, along with every other Jew, dead.
Catalog Number: #181086
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Publisher: Penguin
Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Pages: 423 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-451-47875-4 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-4243-1
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-451-47875-7 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-4243-6
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2018288535
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
In 1939 Germany, 15-year-old Sarah and her mother try to escape to Switzerland, but her mother is killed at a checkpoint. Blonde, blue-eyed, and a talented gymnast, Sarah has been trained by her actress mother to assume whatever identity she needs to protect herself, because she is a Jew. Then Sarah meets a mysterious man at the train station who turns out to be a British spy. Captain Floyd takes Sarah under his protection, but he sends her on a mission: infiltrate a boarding school for daughters of top Nazi officers, befriend the daughter of a scientist, and steal the blueprints for a bomb. There's a plot twist around every corner, slow reveals of Sarah's past, and multiple cinematic moments, including a harrowing race through the forest. German phrases (translated and well-placed in context) add verisimilitude to the narrative. Fast-paced, cleverly constructed, and with references to real-life heroes, heroines, and villains, this promising debut will appeal to fans of historical fiction and spy stories.
Publishers Weekly
Killeen-s harrowing debut opens in August 1939, just after a 15-year-old Jewish girl named Sarah and her mother drive through a Nazi checkpoint in a German town. Sarah-s mother dies in the crash, but Sarah evades capture thanks to Helmut Haller, aka Captain Jeremy Floyd, a British spy. Jeremy is attempting to prevent one of Hitler-s scientists, Hans Schäfer, from building a nuclear bomb. He offers to help Sarah escape Germany, but she insists on joining his campaign. Posing as Haller-s niece Ursula, Sarah enrolls at Rothenstadt, a Nazi boarding school. Her mission-befriending Schäfer-s daughter, Elsa-proves more dangerous than either she or Jeremy imagined. Despite a dynamite premise, dizzyingly high stakes, and some devastating moments, Killeen-s tale falls short of its potential. While the story-s adult characters are complex and realistically flawed, Rothenstadt-s residents read like mean-girl caricatures, and the frequency with which the intelligent, empathetic Sarah refers to herself as a dumme Schlampe (-stupid bitch-) is off-putting and out of character. The book starts strong and ends with a bang, but the muddy middle highlights the paucity of plot. Ages 12-up. Agent: Molly Ker Hawn, Bent Agency. (Mar.)

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Word Count: 90,832
Reading Level: 5.0
Interest Level: 7-12
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.0 / points: 14.0 / quiz: 197299 / grade: Upper Grades
Lexile: HL670L

"Like Inglourious Basterds for tweens, this clever YA title features Sarah, a blond, blue-eyed Jewish girl in 1939 Germany."--The New York Post

     After her mother is shot at a checkpoint, fifteen-year-old Sarah finds herself on the run from the Nazis in Third Reich-ruled Germany. While trying to escape, Sarah meets a mysterious man with an ambiguous accent, a suspiciously bare apartment, and a lockbox full of weapons. He's part of the secret resistance against the Reich, and he needs her help.
     Sarah is to hide in plain sight at a boarding school for the daughters of top Nazi brass, posing as one of them. She must befriend the daughter of a key scientist to gain access to the blueprints for a bomb that could destroy the cities of Western Europe, and steal them.
     Sarah may look like the rest of the girls, innocent, blonde-haired, and young, but she refuses to become one of the monsters she's surrounded by. She's a brilliant con artist, convincing them she's one of them even as she lives in terror of being found out. And she's determined to get her revenge on them all.

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