TSIL436 = The Secret in Locker 436
August 26, 2019
Fascinating concept for a book. I loved the writing style and the character development was excellent. It’s a page-turner for sure! I definitely recommend!
August 27, 2019
The Ruthie/Ali relationship drew me in big-time and I’d say more about the plot but don’t want to give it away. The writing is elegant, occasionally lyrical, and the 180-some short chapters fly by.
I hope there’s a book 2 since I want to see what happens next (in fact, my two middle school kids are having lively debates about what should happen in their opinion!). My high school days are (very thankfully) behind me but would have definitely gone down any steps I found in my locker, and without a look back.
Recommended for anyone who just wants a fun read.
August 28, 2019
Format: Kindle Edition, Verified Purchase
August 27, 2019
I loved this YA book. Pace’s story of an underground world populated by high school characters is a must-read. Pace knows how kids think and talk. His characters are three dimensional and come directly from contemporary America. Get this book!
September 4, 2019
Riveting. Read it in two sittings only interrupted by a conference call I couldn’t avoid. The teens end up together in this basement world and the story unfolds fast. I like that the author ties it to what (I Googled) are indeed historical events, like a German Prisoner Camp during WW2 near Tucson, Arizona. The character that resonates most with me is Ruthie, a tenth-grader who comes from the wrong side of the tracks and has no parents or siblings. She evolves in ways I did not expect when with three other teenagers she crosses time and geography. There’s romance in this story, and conflict, especially given that the teens travel to a time that is less than open to people of color. I heard once you should cherish the family you are given — that’s what “TSIL436” is about and it’s a winner from the first to the last words.