I think that the coolest thing I can say about the book to start off my review is that when I showed it to my 12 year old son he asked me, "When you're done reviewing it, can I keep it on my bookshelf?" There, review done - it says it all. :)
This is a great book that entertains and educates the young reader. Not too long - about 200 pages, chock full of photos to keep the fascination strong, and the best part is that it doesn't talk down to the reader - it keeps the story factual but in a flowing narrative that maintains a younger person's interest.
Not to be gross, but the description of the bullets shooting into the President and the carnage they incurred will be very pleasing to young boys (and probably a few girls) who love the "details". Additionally, the photos of the Secret Service men leaping into the car, shot by shot, is definitely a winner.
A great learning tool, as well as a good read for young adults...........and the not quite so young ones as well!
Author: James Swanson
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: September 24, 2013
A breathtaking and dramatic account of the JFK assassination by the NEW
YORK TIMES bestselling author of CHASING LINCOLN'S KILLER!
new young-adult book on the Kennedy assassination, James Swanson will
transport readers back to one of the most shocking, sad, and terrifying
events in American history. As he did in his bestselling Scholastic YA
book, CHASING LINCOLN'S KILLER, Swanson will deploy his signature "you
are there" style -- a riveting, ticking-clock pace, with an
unprecedented eye for dramatic details and impeccable historical
accuracy -- to tell the story of the JFK assassination as it has never
been told before.
The book will be illustrated with archival
photos, and will have diagrams, source notes, bibliography, places to
visit, and index