Friday, January 18, 2013

Fiction Friday, 1.18.13 / From the Stacks

"F" for Friday! Click to see.
Streams of Babel by Carol Plum-Ucci, pub. 2008, call # Fic PLUM-UCCI

"Don't drink the water..."

Here is an exciting novel about bioterrorism, computer hackers, and a rush to warn potential victims in a post-9/11 world. And, of course, all the key players are teens : )

Kristin Anderson of the Columbus Metropolitan Library System in Ohio reviews this intriguing thriller:
"In 2002, high school outcast Cora Holman's mom dies of a mysterious brain aneurysm, preceded by flulike symptoms. Then Cora, Owen Eberman, and two of their friends gradually come down with a similar ailment.

Meanwhile, in Pakistan, 16-year-old computer genius and cyber-spy Shahzad, who is working for the U.S. government, has uncovered information about a terror threat called Red Vinegar, and he is taken to New York in order to follow the terrorist chatter more directly. Through the alternating narratives and interwoven lives of six teens (including the child of a terrorist working on behalf of North Korea), Plum-Ucci offers a compelling tale of bioterror...The characters, particularly Shahzad, are well drawn and have unique voices, and the unresolved ending leaves a lot of room for thought and discussion. Ultimately, this is a tautly paced thriller that will force readers to think about the complexities of living in a post-9/11 world."
So are you game for this adventure? Check it out and find out!

~ Mrs. Z

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