Wednesday, April 2, 2014

What I'm Reading Wednesday: The Tyrant's Daughter by J. C. Carleson

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From a former CIA officer comes the riveting account of a royal Middle Eastern family exiled to the American suburbs.

When her father is killed in a coup, 15-year-old Laila flees from the war-torn middle east to a life of exile and anonymity in the U.S. Gradually she adjusts to a new school, new friends, and a new culture, but while Laila sees opportunity in her new life, her mother is focused on the past. She’s conspiring with CIA operatives and rebel factions to regain the throne their family lost. Laila can’t bear to stand still as an international crisis takes shape around her, but how can one girl stop a conflict that spans generations?

J.C. Carleson delivers a fascinating account of a girl—and a country—on the brink, and a rare glimpse at the personal side of international politics.

My thoughts:
One of the best teen novels I've read so far in 2014. The Tyrant's Daughter was a very different read for me, but the plot pulled me right in. Laila is a 15 year old political refugee who is whisked away to a new life in America along with her mother and younger brother. Her father, whom she and her brother have viewed as a "King", was a dictator in a Middle Eastern country. Although the country is never named, the events and people described are very believable. It was interesting to see how Laila adapted to American life and customs. Excellent! 

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