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Peet creates an explosive world where love is frowned upon and the past has bloody teeth and bad breath. It's a world that demands deep examination and thought, and Peet has done a splendid job of creating it.
—Booklist (starred review)
Peet's brilliant, ambitious novel bridges the years between World War II and the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York City, but at its heart is a star-crossed affair set during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Recommend this memorable novel to mature teen readers, and if you can wrest away a copy, read it yourself.
—School Library Journal (starred review)
This is mesmerizing through the sheer force and liveliness of its prose, as well as its unpredictable, inexorable plot. Peet's gift for imagery makes the novel fizz with the intensity of an adolescent's heightened perceptions-in which everything is alive, and even boredom is an all-engrossing activity. Place, period, and adolescent passion all come through with exuberant feeling and humor; Peet's subtle, literary play with narrative voice, style, and chronology make this a satisfyingly sophisticated teen novel. Outstanding.
—The Horn Book (starred review)
Sophisticated teens and adults will appreciate this subtle yet powerful exposition of the far-reaching implications of war.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Mal Peet (1947–2015) is the acclaimed author of the Carnegie Medal–winning novel Tamar as well as the Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Book Life: An Exploded Diagram and three Paul Faustino novels: Keeper, The Penalty, and Exposure, a winner of the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize. He is also the co-author of Cloud Tea Monkeys, Mysterious Traveler, and Night Sky Dragons, all of which he wrote with his wife, Elspeth Graham.
I really enjoyed this book a lot. The story is wonderful, the characters interesting and the writing great. Read morePublished 4 months ago by jazzycar
Reading this book was like being in a car with a boy you didn't know on a dark and winding road. Eventually you start to trust him, but you are just not sure you really should. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Maddalena
a little too jumpy from one scenario to another. would have liked more consistency. more detail in Clem's life not Cuban missile crisis.Published 14 months ago by Robert John
This book had started out fantastic. Clem’s ancestry, and indirectly Frankie’s, was captivating. Their, Clem’s Grandparents and parents, story alone could have made an excellent... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Team LitPick
After a slow start my son was engrossed. He told me its the best book he has ever read and he has not stopped talking about it. Read morePublished on February 21, 2013 by Amazon Customer
An extremely good book, very interesting, but as per the reivew title not for kids. There are some parts that may be innapropiate for the younger crowdPublished on February 5, 2013 by RT
This book...was nothing like I expected. To be fair, I didn't really have any idea what it was when I started it, but still it was a surprise. It was also very very good. Read morePublished on September 24, 2012 by Samantha Boyette
This book came to me after sitting on my "to be read shelf" for quite some time. I had other books ahead of it, that I needed to read for more pressing reasons, but I eagerly... Read morePublished on March 29, 2012 by Meghan