A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
The constant delivery of science, math, and history is peppered with moments of personal introspection and growth for Charlie and Dante.
While not entirely altruistic in their search for Pandora, the agents and Charlie are focused on a few key values: Doing the right thing, working hard, and caring for a world beyond themselves. Charlie's quest for the truth is a reminder that there's a fine line between good and evil in the world.
Positive Role Models
Throughout their adventure, the adults around Charlie both appreciate her abilities and protect her from her own impulsive nature; they try to do good work for the world while remaining skeptical CIA agents.
Violence & Scariness
Charlie and her team are in near-constant danger, with shooting, fistfights, and car chases, but it's at an appropriate intensity for the target age level.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A few scenes in which a sibling comments on her brother’s crush, and one where she teases him by making kissing noises.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Charlie Thorne and the Last Equation is a smart, fast-paced mystery that makes Einstein's theories as engaging as Colorado's snowboarding scene. While most readers likely won't identify with 12-year-old Charlie Thorne's ability to see the world as math and angles, they'll empathize with her independent streak and impetuous nature. There's a ton of math, history, science, and geography here, all wrapped in an adventure that advanced readers will zip through and that hooks reluctant readers to stay engaged to the last page. Expect age-appropriate danger -- including shooting, fistfights, and car chases -- and some teasing about a crush.
Is It Any Good?
Engaging characters with adventurous lives hook readers from the beginning of this mystery, and the fast-paced adventure and an engaging plot keep them engaged to the end. In Charlie Thorne and the Last Equation, math is everywhere, mysteries are to be solved, and 12-year-olds can be trusted with the world’s deadliest -- and most lucrative -- secret. It's a fun read, and it's so full of Einstein's theories that kids and adults can't help but come away with a better understanding of physics and history. On a personal level, Charlie's personal life is complicated, and her quest for the truth is a reminder that there's a fine line between good and evil in the world.
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