Grades 5-8 Michael O’Shaunessey seems an unlikely candidate for the Hitler Youth. It’s 1943 and the Irish lad lives in Berlin with his parents, where his father is the Irish ambassador. But both parents work undercover supporting the British war effort, and since Michael attends school with German classmates, what better way to spot and thwart Nazi plans than to join the Hitler Youth? Despite an overload of subplots and simplistic coincidences (the harboring of a fugitive British airman; some easily retrieved sketches for the titular Projekt 1065 , a new German jet-engine warcraft; the thwarting of the assassination of a nuclear scientist), readers will nonetheless be caught up by this high-action spy thriller. So, too, will they marvel at the erstwhile teen hero, especially as he learns to overcome his fear of heights and utilize his conveniently photographic memory to reconstruct Projekt plans. A solid effort that evokes the desperation of the waning days of Nazi power and sheds light on the undercover role “neutral” Irish diplomats actually played during the war. -- O'Malley, Anne (Reviewed 7/1/2016) (Booklist, vol 112, number 21, p74)
Emily K Dunsker, Ph.D.
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