30 April 2014


Maisie Danger Brown has an exciting middle name but her life is quiet and constrained by her home- schooling and loving parents who like to stay home all the time. She’s not content. She wants action and adventure. Specifically, she wants to be an astronaut.

A competition on the back of her cereal box is one possible solution. First prize is three weeks at Howell Astronaut Boot Camp. Much to her surprise, and despite having only arm, Maisie wins. At the Camp she meets others who also won.

Her life changes dramatically and physically when the winners (one of them very charming) are accidentally exposed to alien tokens. The tokens fuse with their bodies and they gain new skills, not all of which are desirable or even good.

They are a team now. Each member has a part and the team has a purpose. If only the thinker of the team could discover what it is. Maisie struggles with her powers and with deciding who to trust. Everyone has their own agenda and she’s not even sure of hers.

Sometimes it’s hard to separate the good guys from the bad guys and I made some misassumptions as I read. I love it when a plot surprises me like that. For young readers who want a book with technology, action, mystery, science, true friendship and romance – Dangerous is the one.

Reviewed by Sandy Fussell

 Title: Dangerous
Author: Shannon Hale
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PB RRP $14.99
Publication Date: March 2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781599901688
Type: Children, Action, Science Fiction

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