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Black Helicopters (2013)

by Blythe Woolston(Favorite Author)
3.37 of 5 Votes: 1
0763661465 (ISBN13: 9780763661465)
Candlewick Press
review 1: This book is told in alternating chapters, starting in the present, and then every other chapter starts from eleven years ago, and slowly counts back to now. Valley and her older brother Bo were raised off the grid by their father after their mother died suddenly. He picked up jobs here and there, making bombs for extremist groups and other things. He raised his children as survivalist and conspiracy theorists. But then he dies about a year before the present and Bo and Valley have to survive on their own. It’s difficult at first, but they eventually end up with a group of potentially like minded others, and Valley helps them plan a big message. She and her brother will set off a series of bombs to send this message. Things don’t go quite according to plan, and Valley ... morehas to kidnap a boy close to her own age to finish her mission. Ambiguous ending. There are some very disturbing parts of the book too.
review 2: This book is told from the perspective of a homegrown terrorist, which I think sums it up pretty well. It's heavy and gritty and frightening, but it's also incredibly real, and, I think, important. If you pick up a physical copy, it's a tiny book, but it's such a huge topic, and it's handled with a great deal of grace and honesty. I can't say I enjoyed it, but I feel like I'm better for having read it. less
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A great book that will have you on the edge of your seat wondering what will happen in the end!
Too weird. The heart of a potential brainwashed terrorist, who is very young, prepared to act.
2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults
Dark, intense, and riveting.
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