Jack just wants to have fun with his friends but his mom's rules keep getting in the way. One morning they wake to machine gun fire and everything has changed because foreign soldiers have invaded his hometown shutting off the power, cutting off communications and restricting travel. To make things worse, he doesn't know if his dad is alive, wounded, captured or dead. All he wants is to find him, however, his mom doesn't care, the soldiers are in the way and the cop that busted him is no help at all.
Becoming a teenager is a confusing time filled with personal battles and outside ones, Jack’s life is no different. As he enters high school he reinvents himself to be ‘cool’, until survival becomes a priority, then he is forced to become who he really is. Thirteen is a roller coaster of twists and turns.
REVIEW BY: Arianna, age 12 years, 10 months
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This book was absolutely amazing!
My favorite part is when Jack and his mom safely pass the checkpoint with Nick and Kim because they are relatively safe.
My favorite character is Jack's mom because she is brave and never gives up. She protects Jack with her own life.
I recommend this book for anyone who likes adventures, war and survival stories. It does have some inappropriate language for younger readers, so I recommend it for older readers.
I give this book 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 13 and up.