Bardugo, Leigh. Six of Crows. 480p. ebook available. Holt. Sept. 2015. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781627792127.
Gr 7 Up–Bardugo has created a wildly imaginative story of six children who have been commissioned to pull off the greatest heist of all time. They are to nab the creator of jurda parem, a highly addictive product that enhances the innate paranormal powers of the Grisha peoples, in the hopes of creating weapons of war that will upset the balance of power and destroy the economies of rival governments. Kaz, the hero of the story and mastermind of the plot, recruits five other young people to aid in his quest for revenge for the loss of his brother and the promise of vast wealth. Taking what could have been stock characters of young adult fiction—the loner, the rebel, the outcast, and the con artist, the author has fashioned fully fleshed out, dynamic protagonists who will engage and enchant readers. What a thrill it is to return to the world she created with her popular “Grisha Trilogy” (Holt). While the unresolved ending may frustrate some teens, the promise of a sequel will give them hope that this unsettling, captivating, magical journey will continue.–Jane Henriksen Baird, Anchorage Public Library, AK
This review was published in School Library Journal‘s September 2015 issue.