About The Book: From a former CIA officer comes the riveting account of a royal Middle Eastern family exiled to the American suburbs. "Every American should read this book. It's an eye-opener."—Suzanne Fisher Staples, Newbery Honor-winning author of Shabanu. 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.
*Bonus Backmatter includes a note about the author's CIA past, and a commentary by RAND researcher and president of ARCH International, Dr. Cheryl Benar Recommendations for further reading are also included.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: J. C. CARLESON is a former undercover CIA officer who has navigated war zones, jumped out of airplanes, and worked on the frontlines of international conflicts. She now lives and writes in Virginia with her husband and two young sons. Her previous publications include the novel Cloaks and Veils, and Work Like a Spy: Business Tips from a Former CIA Officer.
My Thoughts On The Book: As a high school teacher I like to keep abreast of what my students are reading and that is why I chose to review this book in the first place. I did not expect it to be something I chose to read for me. Once I finished the book I had to admit that I liked this book and would recommend it to my students to read in a history/social studies class. As a parent of an adult child who is a missionary in Moldova I can see many differences between our culture and a third world's culture. Again, it was not the best book I have ever read but it was interesting and I would recommend it for a young adult.
Disclaimer: This book was given to me to review as part of Netgalley Publishing Company in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts are entirely my own.