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Artifice

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Gripping Holocaust thriller of resistance via art forgery.

Artifice book cover: Young woman in '40s clothes carrying paper-wrapped painting

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Sharon Cameron's absorbing historic thriller has imperiled Jewish babies, Nazi murderers, art forgers, Resistance assassins, and lots of secrets—and red-headed Isa trying to navigate it all. There's a lot of Artifice in this fast-moving, twisty tale, of artworks and people who aren't what they seem to be. Still, many scenes, characters, and situations are based on real people and historical events, and author Cameron brings them startlingly to life. With all the plot threads, dramatic reversals, and internal turmoil, it doesn't always quite come together, but between the complex characters and the constant surprises, it'll enthrall a lot of readers right up to the end.

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