War Child

Note:  This is an autobiography, not a work of fiction.  It’s not the kind of thing I normally review for this site, but it’s such a powerful illustration of the violence and brutality experienced by child soldiers that I decided to make an exception. Author: Emmanuel Jal Publication: 2010, St. Martins Pages: 272 Overall Rating: […]

Taken

Author: David Massey Publication: 2014, Chicken House Pages: 311 Overall Rating: Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: 13+ Brief Summary: Six athletes have come together to sail around the world and raise money for charity.  Four are disabled former soldiers, two – including Izzy – are their able-bodied assistants.  But their trip is […]

Door of No Return

Author: Sarah Mussi Publication: Margaret K. McElderry, 2007 Pages: 400 Overall Rating:                         Rating for Action: Quantity of Action:  Age Category: 13+ Brief Summary:  Zac Baxter’s grandfather is killed in a mugging, but Zac knows it was no random crime.  A blank faced woman […]

The Devil’s Breath

Author: David Gilman Publication: Delacorte Books, 2008 Pages: 416 Overall Rating:                         Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: 13+ Brief Summary: Max Gordon is attacked by an assassin while out for a run.  After escaping the attempt on his life he learns […]