Saturday, September 21, 2013

289. The Silver Six by AJ Lieberman

The Silver Six by AJ Lieberman. Illustrations by Darren Rawlings

Rating: (4/5)

(Kindle) - (US) - (Canada) - (UK)

June 25, 2013, Graphix/Scholastic, 189 pgs

Age: 8+

"When a group of orphans discover they have a common connection, plucky heroine Phoebe leads them in a daring escape from their orphanage to an uninhabited moon. But their idyllic paradise is shattered when the powerful corporate boss who caused the deaths of their parents sends a relentless henchman to track them down. Now, with nowhere left to turn and tired of being on the run, these resourceful kids decide there's only one thing left to do: Fight back!"

Received a review copy from Scholastic Canada.

I have to admit the title and cover made me think this was just going to be another comic about a group of kids who form a team and become superheroes or agents.  I was wrong; it is much more than the average team-up.  The plot is the main focus here and it is an exciting, intricate tale of murder, intrigue and corporate power.  The bad guys have no special powers and are completely believable in a real world as is the entire plot, even though set in the future.  The kids are a diverse collection of personalities with different strengths and weaknesses that make them likable and work well together as a team.  They even have a fun robot sidekick who is used sparingly rather than heavily relied upon, as usually happens with the funny alien/animal/robot sidekick.  The book ends with a complete finite ending and yet it leaves us with the possibility that The Silver Six may work again to save the world. A cut above the rest! 

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