Girl from Nowhere

Bloomsbury. Jul. 2020. 416p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781547603039.
Gr 9 Up–Sophia, the daughter of diplomats, has been to almost 100 countries, speaks more than a dozen languages, and knows how to defend herself with a weapon. She wants nothing more than to be an average teenager, and she finally gets the opportunity when her parents are ready to settle down in Waterford, MT. Eighteen months prior, Sophia was kidnapped by members of a dangerous Chechen terror cell, and her family has been running ever since. With the two key people dead or imprisoned, Sophia and her parents are finally safe—or so she’s been told. Sophia begins to let her guard down, making friends, and falling in love. But she soon realizes that almost everything she has been told is a lie and she must once again confront those who want her dead. While the beginning of the novel focuses on Sophia trying to fit in at school and her budding romance with Aksel, the pace quickly picks up as the story develops into an international, high-stakes spy novel. Readers will figure out long before Sophia that her parents are not your typical diplomats, but the action and other twists will keep readers engaged.
VERDICT Recommended for young adult collections where spy novels are popular.

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