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'Desert Dark': Logan Reviews

Desert Dark by Sonja Stone is kind of a scary book. Nadia is a smart, adventurous and witty young girl who gets chosen for a special school. She is really good at math, coding, and programming. Her new school turns out to be a special spy training school and she eventually trains to become a spy for the CIA. At school she learns how to program and stuff, but I can’t say anymore because it would give too much away.  She’s pretty thrilled at first, but then with the dangers it brings, she’s forced to make decisions that she normally wouldn’t have to make.

Desert Dark was hard for me to read because it scared me thinking about the hard things she deals with. There was so much suspense, I couldn’t put the book down without finishing it. Truthfully, this book deals with things too advanced for kids my age (I'm 10)  and I would recommend it for ages 15 and up if they like suspense and mystery or are interested in computer programming.

Desert Dark
Holiday House Books for Young People
336 Pages | 5-1/2 x 8-1/4 | Ages 12 and up

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Logan Wilson

Logan H. Wilson is a 10-year-old boy from Missoula, Montana. He loves reading, of course, and is rarely seen without a book. His favorite authors include J.K. Rowling, Tolkien, Brian Jacques, and Christopher Paolini. The Eragon books are one of his favorite series. In addition to reading, he is a serious rock hound who likes looking for crystals and collecting interesting rocks.  He is also interested in art and chemistry. When he grows up, he wants to be an inorganic chemist who reviews books in his spare time

Chérie Newman is a former arts and humanities producer and on-air host for Montana Public Radio, and a freelance writer. She founded and previously hosted a weekly literary program, The Write Question, which continues to air on several public radio stations; it is also available online at and
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