Sekret by Lindsay Smith (Roaring Brook)Read about another book on the list.
Even if you’re not into historical fiction, you need to get your hands on Sekret. And once you get your hands on it, you won’t be able to put it down. It’s a gripping story set during the early 1960s Soviet Union, where 17-year-old Yulia Andreevna Chernina learns that she is psychic. She is forced by the KGB to use her gift to support their cause, one she doesn’t believe in, and undermine the U.S. space program. Smith’s love of Russian history is so clear in the story; the setting envelops you, and even with its abuses and horrors, her description of Soviet-era Moscow and Berlin is brilliant. And reminder: Pick it up when you have some time, because its twists and turns, suspense, and high-risk situations will have you reading and reading.
Writers Read: Lindsay Smith (April 2014).