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The only thing to fear
Richmond, Caroline Tung, author.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic Press, 2014.
Physical Description:
280 pages ; 22 cm
It has been nearly seventy years since Hitler's armies won the war, and sixteen-year-old Zara St. James lives in the Shenandoah hills, part of the Eastern American Territories, under the rule of the Nazis--but a resistance movement is growing, and Zara, who dreams of freedom, may be the key to its success.
Reading Level:
HL 820 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC High School 6.4 19 Quiz: 63553.

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In a stunning reimagining of history, debut author Caroline Tung Richmond weaves an incredible story of secrets and honor in a world where Hitler won World War II.

It's been nearly 80 years since the Allies lost WWII in a crushing defeat against Hitler's genetically engineered super soldiers. America has been carved up by the victors, and 16-year-old Zara lives a life of oppression in the Eastern America Territories. Under the iron rule of the Nazis, the government strives to maintain a master race, controlling everything from jobs to genetics. Despite her mixed heritage and hopeless social standing, Zara dreams of the free America she's only read about in banned books. A revolution is growing, and a rogue rebel group is plotting a deadly coup. Zara might hold the key to taking down the F#65533;hrer for good, but it also might be the very thing that destroys her. Because what she has to offer the rebels is something she's spent her entire life hiding, under threat of immediate execution by the Nazis.
In this action-packed, heart-stopping novel of a terrifying reality that could have been, Zara must decide just how far she'll go for freedom.

Author Notes

Caroline Tung Richmond is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in the BALTIMORE SUN, HIGHLIGHTS FOR CHILDREN, and, among other publications. The THE ONLY THING TO FEAR is her debut novel.
A self-proclaimed history nerd and cookie connoisseur, Caroline lives in the Washington, DC, area with her husband; their daughter; and the family dog, Otto von Bismarck named for the German chancellor (naturally).

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

In this fast-paced story set 80 years after WWII, the U.S. is carved between the victors, Germany and Japan (although Italy got the Dakotas). The war was won thanks to its genetically engineered soldiers, who were able to overrun the States. Sixteen-year-old Zara, half Japanese, wants to become part of the underground Alliance, especially since she has inherited some of the powerful anomalies of the genetically engineered that she must keep hidden. This story has familiar elements sometimes very familiar reminiscent of series like the Hunger Games and Divergent, but the alternative-history angle adds a spark of its own. Zara befriends the son of a Nazi commander who has his own reasons for wanting to join the Alliance, and then the race is on to kill Führer Dieter Hitler while he is at the White House. For larger collections where readers are looking for a different take on a familiar setup.--Cooper, Ilene Copyright 2014 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Richmond makes an impressive debut with this alternate history, which sees a 16-year-old half-Japanese girl growing up in the Nazi-dominated Eastern half of the United States, decades after Germany won WWII through the use of genetically engineered superhumans. Zara St. James, constantly subjected to prejudice and discrimination, is hiding a secret: she, too, is an Anomaly, with the power to control wind. Though she wants to join the rebel Alliance, her uncle believes it too dangerous for her. Events spiral out of control when the Nazis crack down on potential rebels and sympathizers, forcing Zara to reveal her powers while teaming up with a surprising ally-the privileged son of a high-ranking German official. Readers will be able to detect shades of Katniss in this story of a brave and resourceful young woman who inadvertently becomes the poster child for rebellion. But Richmond twists history and throws in creative exploitation of superpowers to deliver a fast-paced adventure that incorporates romantic themes without being overly reliant on them. Ages 12-up. Agent: Jim McCarthy, Dystel & Goderich Literary Management. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-Sixteen-year-old Zara St. James lives in a dystopian futuristic society in which the Nazis won World War II and now control the world alongside their Axis allies. Ever since Zara's mother and best friend were killed by the Nazis, Zara has been living with her uncle who is one of the leaders of the Alliance, a rebel group attempting to overthrow the government. Outraged by everything the Nazis have done to her friends and family, Zara is eager to join the Alliance, but her overprotective uncle won't allow it. Because of Zara's special ability to control wind, however, she feels she would be an invaluable asset, and spends the majority of the book complaining that her uncle won't allow her to do more to help. But when she meets Bastian, a Nazi soldier eager to join the rebels, she seizes her opportunity to defy her uncle and aid the Alliance in overthrowing the Nazi Empire. The romance that sparks between the two teens feels forced, and neither character is particularly likable or sympathetic. Zara's supernatural abilities seem misplaced considering the premise, and while the premise is intriguing, its distant third-person point of view and less-than-stellar writing make it a poorly executed story.ÅReaders are unlikely to get past the first few chapters.-Candyce Pruitt-Goddard, Hartford Public Library, CT (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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