Thursday, June 16, 2011

Hacking Timbuktu by Stephen Davies–ADVISABLE

Davies, Stephen Hacking Timbuktu, 272 pgs. Clarion Books, 2010. $11.12. 

Language-PG (2 swears); Violence-PG13; Mature Content-G

Danny is a hacker and an avid Parkour participant. Both hobbies/ways of life offer him freedom, which as a 16yo old living on his own, is treasured. When the opportunity to find a long lost treasure literally comes crashing down on him, Danny’s best friend Omar talks him into seeking it out. They are not the only ones after the treasure though, and before they know it they are in serious danger, which only increases when they travel to Mali on their quest.

Students will love both of the popular hobbies of the main character, which blend in a cool juxtaposition. Though schools may not encourage hacking, promoting the learning and understanding technology is a plus. Parkour was an interesting and intriguing addition, and is quite popular right now. The relationship between the two friends feels authentic and their banter is fun. The pacing was just fast enough to keep things moving without being too frantic. Overall a great read!

MS, HS – ADVISABLE. Reviewer: Stephanie MLS graduate.

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