Gone by Nightfall

Feiwel & Friends/Swoon Reads. Jan. 2020. 304p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781250245229.
Gr 9 Up–Set within the Russian Revolution, a young woman determined to become a doctor is faced with decisions that could alter her destiny in a flash. Following her mother’s untimely death, Charlotte is charged with caring for her wild younger siblings. This derails her dreams of medical school and practicing medicine in America until a new and handsome tutor arrives—although he has many secrets of his own. Soon, Russia falls into a bloody and dangerous revolution which pushes Charlotte to flee and take her siblings with her. Can she keep herself and her family safe on the brink of war? Garretson accomplishes the impressive task of incorporating details of a dark period in Russian history in a way that is still approachable for young adult readers. While the story at times feels rushed, it adds to the chaotic nature of the tale and allows the reader to become immersed within Charlotte’s mind-set.
VERDICT Will be well loved by historical fiction fans; still action-packed and intriguing for reluctant readers.

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