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Stalingrad, 1942. The sniper's mission: to seek out German officers. Aim. Shoot. Kill. But this sniper is no ordinary marksman
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Book Level: 5.4
Interest Level: UY
Quiz Number: 219644
An exciting, well-researched story. The author met the real sniper in 2002.
Irish Examiner||Every moment of the chilling account.should change the perspective of many readers - both girls and boys - whether they study this period at school or not. This is an important story from the Second World War and one for a mature reader.
Carousel||A challenge to read and I think would engage a 12+ audience.
INIS||From the first page this is a powerful and heart-rending story which traces the rapid evolvement of an ordinary girl in extraordinary circumstances. Well known for his sensitive and perceptive writing about adolescence in extreme situations, Riordan has produced an extraordinary and thought-provoking book. This is a story that lingers in the reader's mind and should certianly be an award winner in 2009.
School Librarian||Riordan writes with pace and verve, having set the mood with a highly atmospheric opening chapter. He keeps the reader turning pages and I for one could not put the book down. There are wonderfully vivid and tautly written descriptive passages here and Riordan does not shirk from presenting the cruelty and hardship endured by the Russian people and their enemies.
Ibby Link||This is a powerful and moving account of an event which many young people may be unaware of today.