Beautiful Blue World

Suzanne LaFleur. Random/Lamb, $16.99 (224p) ISBN 978-0-385-74300-6
LaFleur’s endearing novel takes place in a fictional land during an unspecified, escalating war. As 12-year-old Mathilde Joss’s hometown comes under increasing attacks, an offer to join the Adolescent Army for handsome pay to those selected tempts many families. Mathilde reluctantly sits for the aptitude exam and is shocked to be accepted—without her best friend Megs. Frightened about going to war and heartbroken over leaving her family and friend, Mathilde is surprised to arrive at a huge mansion, where the Adolescent Army is comfortably housed while they decode messages, predict bomb strikes, and set their nimble minds to help with the war effort. Confused as to what her own contribution might be and consumed with guilt over being protected when her family is not, she soon receives an unusual assignment that provokes questions of enmity, loyalty, and trust. LaFleur (Listening for Lucca) creates a warm boarding-school setting peopled with kind adults and children alike. Readers will be drawn in by the underlying belief that kids’ work is important and powerful, and eager for the promised sequel. Ages 8–12. Agent: Elizabeth Harding, Curtis Brown. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 06/20/2016
Release date: 09/13/2016
Genre: Children's
Library Binding - 224 pages - 978-0-375-99089-2
Compact Disc - 978-0-7352-8663-4
Paperback - 240 pages - 978-0-307-98032-8
Prebound-Glued - 240 pages - 978-0-606-40569-0
Ebook - 978-0-307-98033-5
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