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2019 Parents' Choice Recommende Seal award winner
"Stuart Gibbs’s CHARLIE THORNE AND THE LAST EQUATION is fast-paced, smart, and action-packed. Gibbs knows how to write a real page-burner. Charlie Thorne is a younger, smarter, cooler version of Jason Bourne." (Chris Grabenstein, #1 New York Times bestselling author)
"Whether she’s catching big air on her snowboard or deciphering clues hidden by Albert Einstein, Charlie Thorne is an ideal hero for a new generation. Her pulse pounding adventure unfolds like one of the equations she’s so skilled at solving – the final answer remains concealed until every last variable has been uncovered." (James Ponti, Edgar-award winning author of the Framed! and City Spies series)
"Action-packed and thrilling." (School Library Connection, recommended)
"Charlie is a terrific hero—outrageously smart, courageous, and still believable as a kid. After this explosive start, young readers will eagerly await her next adventure." (Publishers Weekly)
"Gibbs deftly pens an Alex Rider–level adventure with this series starter…It doesn’t take a theoretical physicist to predict that this series will be popular." (Booklist)
About the Author
- ASIN : B07LB9FFSP
- Publisher : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (September 17, 2019)
- Publication date : September 17, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 5336 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 308 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #80,734 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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I usually love books about codes and ciphers, so I was excited to read Charlie Thorne and the Last Equation. I love trying to solve the puzzles along with the characters. Sadly, there is only one code in this book, and it’s so unorthodox and complex that it’s not something the reader (especially the average middle grade reader) will be able to solve. Still, if the characters unravel the mystery and the story reaches a satisfying conclusion, I still enjoy a good puzzle story. Unfortunately, there is no ending to this story. I’ve read plenty of series where each book sets up the next, but each book also stands alone as a complete story. Charlie Thorne and the Last Equation truly has no ending. In the middle of yet another crisis for Charlie—poof, it’s over! No satisfying conclusion, nothing wrapped up. Where is Charlie? What happened to Einstein’s formula that has been the driving force behind the entire novel? In Spy School and FunJungle, each book was a separate story. In this series, I guess you have to buy the next book to find out what happens next.
In addition, I have to say that in my opinion Charlie Thorne and the Last Equation is not a middle grade book. Sure the main character is 12 years old, but the content and themes are more appropriate for older readers. Lots of shooting and killing. Terrorists motivated by a hatred of immigrants. Even a guy who gets burned alive. These are not typical middle grade topics, and they shouldn’t be. In the acknowledgments, the authors states that he had the idea for this book well before he started writing for kids, and at the time he imagined it as a book for adults. And that’s exactly how it reads. You really can’t take an adult book, swap out the main character with a 12-year-old kid, and call it a middle grade novel.
I still recommend Stuart Gibbs’ books. He’s a fabulous author and if you haven’t yet read Spy School or FunJungle, you are in for a treat. Sadly, this book does not come close to the level of those series.
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 8, 2021