April 14, 2017

#BookReview: Silent by David Mellon

 
For fans of The Book Thief and Raiders of the Lost Ark, this thrilling new novel set during World War I features a girl who must pretend to be a male soldier to save her younger brothers.

Adi is an outrider, rejected by both her British father’s and Indian mother’s cultures, so she is no stranger to trouble. But when a mysterious agitator called “Coal” kidnaps Adi’s twin brothers, Adi has to rely on herself to find them. With strength and cunning as fierce as any boy’s, she decides to cut her hair and put on a military uniform to slip unnoticed through the chaos of the early days of World War I. When Adi finds a pocket watch that could be the clue to her lost brothers, she must figure out a way to decode it—before time runs out.




David Mellon  grew up in Denham Springs, a little town on a river in south east Louisiana. After attending San Francisco Art Institute and California Institute for the Arts he graduated from Art Center College of Design with a degree in Illustration. After years of painting pictures and drawing storyboards for film and tv commercials he discovered UCLA Extension Writers' Program where he was nominated for the 2016 Allegra Johnson Prize. Silent is his first novel. He's been a member of SCBWI since 2011. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Judith.


I honestly was not expecting to like thos book. But holy cow did I. Adi is the person I've always wanted to be. Steong, selfless, and brave. Great qualities in a person. Now I might have fallen in love with George. He was such a great character too.










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