by Diana Renn
Published October 13th 2015 by Viking Books for Young Readers
Hardcover, 464 pages
An intricately crafted mystery set in the contemporary Middle East.
Renn creates an exciting mystery taking place throughout Turkey. If you’ve ever wanted to visit Turkey but couldn’t for whatever reason, now you can navigate the vibrant country from your living room. The descriptions are lush, the customs, traditions, people and culture well described. It’s exciting zigzagging all over this colorful county. Lots of historical points referenced make this read both exciting and educational without being boring. Renn takes you from coastal setting to inland, numerous tourist sites visited.
Zan takes a little getting used you until you understand what she’s grappling with. A mercurial teenager, trying to fit in with her peers, her family life is in the spotlight, even more so when her politician father’s infidelity is discovered. She deals with vitiligo, trying to accept her condition, great on Renn’s part for bringing awareness to this autoimmune disease. Zan’s a smart girl, lonely, trust issues along with sticky fingers, she finds solace in rock climbing, when you become more familiar with this prickly young lady she actually grows on you.
The mystery aspect was intriguing, especially with artifacts, forgeries, mafia, corruption and authentic treasure pieces at stake all actual instances plaguing Turkey, which makes this read even more riveting. Artifacts smuggling is a serious issue as Turkey is all too familiar. Renn merely scratches at the surface of this ongoing challenge. Plenty of noteworthy characters keeping you on your toes as you seek the truth along with Zan and her family and friends.
Diana Renn is the author of the young adult mystery novels TOKYO HEIST, LATITUDE ZERO and BLUE VOYAGE all published by Viking/Penguin. She is also the Fiction Editor at YARN (Young Adult Review Network), an award-winning online magazine featuring short-form writing for teens. Diana grew up in Seattle and now lives outside of Boston with her husband and son.
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