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Dan Smith (3)

Author of My Brother's Secret

For other authors named Dan Smith, see the disambiguation page.

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Works by Dan Smith

My Brother's Secret (2014) 170 copies
My Friend the Enemy (2013) 169 copies
The Child Thief (2012) 111 copies
Big Game (1705) 101 copies
Red Winter (2013) 68 copies
Boy X (2016) 64 copies
The Darkest Heart: A Novel (2014) 21 copies
Dark Horizons (2011) 13 copies
Dry Season (2010) 11 copies
Below Zero (2018) 9 copies
Nisha's War (2022) 9 copies
She Wolf (2019) 7 copies
Invasion Of Crooked Oak (2020) 7 copies
The Wall Between Us (2023) 4 copies


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Russia. November 1920. The Red Terror. Nikolai Levitsky has returned to his home town to find it empty. The men have been tortured and killed and the women and children are missing. He finds himself on the trail of Korschei the Deathless One, a story told to children that has come to life. But Nikolai is not alone on his search and there are others on his trail.

While I didn’t consider the book very suspenseful, there were moments of heightened emotion. The writing was good and the description of the cold and bleak landscape left you feeling as if you were really there. Good characterization.

A definite recommend
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pacbox | 1 other review | Jul 9, 2022 |
Standard boiler-plate kids' WWII thriller. Protagonist starts pro-Nazi and has a change of heart as he sees how Nazis treat community members who express dissatisfaction with the war. Does not get into any of the serious moral issues of WWII, but exemplifies the courage necessary for a boy or man to listen to conscientious friends and step away from involvement in violent groups.
KSchellVT | 2 other reviews | Jun 1, 2022 |
In 1941 England, Peter’s father is fighting the Germans; his mother is struggling to hold the household together. Peter has every reason to hate the enemy ... until he’s put in a position to get to know one. This adventure story is also a tale of an unlikely friendship, and the courage to stand up for your convictions.
NCSS | 3 other reviews | Jul 23, 2021 |
Boy X by Dan Smith (274 pages), started off terribly slow. I picked this book solely off of its cover because the main character looked like a person of color. I am always ecstatic for some diverse fiction.

"It might help if there is someone to share it with you, someone to strengthen you, but sometimes you have to accept things for what they are- learn to live with them" (pg 51).

I was not super enthused with the beginning. It felt like a lot of telling and not enough showing. Also, Isabel just magically appeared like, "Hey boo, I'm 'bout to be a main character." I understand Ash, the actual main character, did not know anyone, and the first person he saw was her, but I wish their introduction would have been more imaginative.

This is a really dark book for kids due to all the deaths, viruses, and again that dystopian flavor. For me, it teeters between Young Adult and Children's Fiction because the subject matter is mature, but the writing itself seems like it's catered to a younger audience than teens.

Ash starts out as a confused kid who does not know anything or himself, really. To be honest, nothing jumped out to me about Ash's personality. He was somewhat like a reader-insert because he behaved how the average person would with his circumstances. With that being said, I did not dislike them and I thought his "I am Ash McCarthy" mantra was cute.

Besides Isabel's boring uneventful introduction, I liked her. She's been dealt a crazy situation and tries to maneuver through it while being Ash's emotional support. She was not a damsel-in-distress either.

"Like a superhero?"

"No." He felt embarrassed at the suggestion. "Not like that. More like..." He tried to think of a way to explain it. "More like when you play a video game for the second time and it lets you keep all the upgrades" (pg 124).

It took at least a hundred pages for this book to become exciting. I almost dropped it on page 83, but I am glad I stuck with it.

The reveal of what Ash's mother was really working on in the laboratory, from the mouth of the least-expected person, kept my interest. I think Boy X's strength was in its climatic moments, which is ironic because most books have better build-ups and bad climaxes
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DestDest | 1 other review | Oct 11, 2018 |



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