Monday, December 26, 2016

Wolf by Wolf

It's 1956, and the Third Reich and Japan are about to celebrate their victory with the Axis Tour, a grueling motorcycle race across the territories of the empire.

Yael is one of the many victims of the holocaust that destroyed not just the Jews but any political enemies of the Fuhrer.  She is different in one important way.  She was chosen for the experiments that made her sick and sloughed off her skin. They changed her from a Jewish girl to the blonde haired, blue-eyed vision of Aryan perfection.  They did something else, too.  All those chemicals gave her the ability to skin shift.  She can alter her appearance to look like anyone.  The only thing that doesn't change is the tattoo on her arm.  Those numbers are always there.

Now she is going to take the place of the most famous racer in the history of the tour.  Adele Wolfe was the first female victor.  She raced under her twin brother's name and became the first woman to enter and win.  Yael will become Adele, win the race, and kill the Fuhrer for herself and for all the people he's taken from her.

Ryan Graudin's alternate history thriller is compelling and fast-paced.  Highly recommended for grades 8 and up.

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