Friday, February 12, 2016

Moving Target

My students are going to go wild for this one! They don't know how lucky they are to have so many action packed adventure books available to them, from Loot to Storm Runners to Eye of the Storm and now Moving Target...this is a golden era for middle grade adventure novels.

Cassie Arroyo and her art historian father live peacefully in Rome, until her father rushes her away from school to keep her safe. Before she knows it, he is shot, and she is on the run, along with her best friend and a strange boy who was raised in a monastery. The book is full of cliffhangers and surprises that I saw coming, but my students won't.

I love that Cassie is Cuban and speaks Spanish with her father, but it doesn't dominate the narrative. Hooray for characters who are casually Latino; this is a genuinely diverse book that I can't wait to share with my students. I am eager to read it aloud to my class, even though they are going to lose their minds to learn it is the first in a series and we will probably have to wait a long time for the sequel.

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