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Greetings from Witness Protection!

By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Kicky tween thriller deals with themes of abandonment.

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This delicious debut novel written by fifth-grade teacher Jake Burt nails the quick pace and turn of phrase you want a thriller for tweens to showcase. The characters in Greetings From Witness Protection! come alive with the intensity of people who are really invested in their circumstance. And the well-conceived premise doesn't disappoint when the ending pops into view.

Though the page-turning plot is deftly narrated by a savvy survivor, Nikki's necessary human vulnerability is not given all of the play it truly deserves. This is where the quick pace could have cooled its heels -- Nikki is a 13-year-old going on 30, yes, but she reads as being way more controlled than a girl her age should be. Her meltdowns are incredibly self-aware. She's inventoried herself a little too thoroughly to be real. But who needs real when you've suspended your reality to take a romp into witness protection land? Not since Miss Congeniality has deep cover been so rollicking. Here's to hoping for a series!

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