Who else just loves a good thrilling adventure? Us too!
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Sixteen-year-old Violet loves reading manga and wearing scarves made from kimono fabric, so she’s thrilled that her father’s new painting commission means a summer trip to Japan. But what starts as an exotic vacation quickly turns into a dangerous treasure hunt. Her father’s newest clients, the Yamada family, are the victims of a high-profile art robbery: van Gogh sketches have been stolen from their home, and, until they can produce the corresponding painting, everyone’s lives are in danger — including Violet’s and her father’s.
WHY YOU SHOULD READ IT: Because it’s fun, mysterious and thrilling. You don’t hear an awful lot about art thefts on your local news but we know they happen. Ms. Renn takes us on an adventure around the world to catch a thief and find a missing van Gogh painting. Mixing in the art of manga, you’ll immerse yourself in Japanese gangsters, businessmen and death. Pick up a copy, you’ll love it.
HONORABLE MENTIONS: “The Golden Lily” by Richelle Mead, “Temptation” by Karen Ann Hopkins, “For Darkness Shows the Stars” by Diana Peterfreund, “Monument 14” by Emmy Laybourne, “The Thirteen Secrets” by Michelle Harrison, “Violins of Autumn” by Amy McAuley and “The Vindico” by Wesley King.
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