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Graudin, Ryan.
New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2015

(3 booktalks)

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Booktalk #1

This book has everything: alternate history for fans of historical fiction and philosophy, a cross-continent motorcycle race for some action and adventure, a little bit of a love story for the romantics (but not too much to get in the way of the story), shape shifting for a fantasy element, bizarre Nazi medical experimentation for a sci-fi touch-- and a plot to kill Hitler for mystery and drama.  (Oklahoma Sequoyah Award, 2017)

Booktalk #2

What if...the Axis powers had been victorious? Yael (Yah-elle) survived the concentration camp, survived the experimentations, survived hell. Now, she is a "monster," a skin-shifter, the result of the horrific experiments. But what if she could use this ability born from evil to destroy that same evil? To have a chance at crippling the Third Reich and Imperial Japan, she has to assume previous victor Adele Wolfe's appearance and win for the second time the Axis Tour, an annual motorcycle race. The victor’s prize: an opportunity to see Hitler himself in person. Yael’s prize: the chance to assassinate him. She will need to develop allies during the race, but how can she know whether or not to trust her brother Felix or competitor Lukas? Can she keep her rage in check to complete her mission? Does she have to become "like them" in order to help restore peace to the world? (Prepared by: Jamie Gregory, James F. Byrnes High School, , South Carolina Young Adult Book Award, 2018)

Booktalk #3

What would the world be like if Hitler’s Third Reich and the Japanese Imperial Army had won WWII? It is 1956 in Hitler’s Germania, and time once again for the annual Axis Tour – a motorcycle race across multiple continents to commemorate the victory. Yael, a death camp survivor who has seen family and friends suffer and die, developed a unique ability in the camps while undergoing human experimentation at the hands of the Nazis – she can “skinshift” to look like anyone. As a member of the underground resistance, Yael accepts the challenge to impersonate a previous female racer, Adele Wolfe, with the intent of killing Hitler at the Victor’s Ball. But there are a few unexpected problems: Adele has a twin brother– and he entered the race; Yael has a former boyfriend, Luka, and he entered the race too. Will she be able to pull off the disguise and win the race? And maybe more importantly – does she have the resolve to beat Luka, at all costs?  (Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers 2017-2018 Nominees )

SUBJECTS:     Fantasy fiction.
                        Government, Resistance to -- Fiction.
                        Motorcycle racing -- Fiction.

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