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Shaheed!

by Will Miller

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You know that moment when Alai whispers "Salaam" in Ender's ear, and even though there's going to be violence ahead, you know it's all going to be okay? This book feels like that.

This isn't a love story, but it is the story of how a boy who knows how to make nitroglycerin and a girl about to be forced to flee the country to escape her mother's abusive ex-husband save each other. I'd follow Jahangir anywhere.

The relationships between the secondary characters were a surprising delight; I wish I'd gone to school with Jahangir's sister--maybe not THIS school; the Lyme Road School has got problems--and her relationship with Jahangir rings true and contentious and vicious and loving and perfect.

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Jahangir is coming back to London after two years in Pakistan. His brother was kidnapped by the Taliban and killed in an American missile strike. Still traumatized, Jahangir comes home to find himself under suspicion by police and counterterror investigators.

Jahangir's classmate Lorelei thought she knew who her father was--her mother's abusive ex, the gangster Valon. But Valon has found out Lorelei's mother lied to him about that fact, and now he's threatening them both. When Valon kidnaps Lorelei, it may be that Jahangir, the boy who was taught to make nitroglycerine in Pakistan, just might be the only one who can save her. ( )
  LaRiccia | Mar 18, 2017 |
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