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.
About the Author
David Mellon is a storyboard artist working in film and television in Los Angeles. A member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators since 2011, he's been nominated for the 2016 Allegra Johnson Prize in Novel Writing.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Fun read! This book is marked as a Young Adult novel but it is really for any age group, from 10 years and up. What marks it for a Young Adult category is a simple and clear language but the references go deep into history and art. So although the language is simple it is also very literate. Therefore, I think this is a book that any age group would enjoy.