The League of Unexceptional Children.
Ages 9 to 11
By : Gitty Daneshvari
Publisher : Little,Brown Books for Young Readers ( Oct., 2015)
It`s an unexceptional league of kids on an exceptional mission! Twelve years old Johnathan and Shelly are called to join in to protect the nation from the brink of a disaster. As an unknown entity broke into the White House and had stolen important information and kidnapped the vice president .
The two children have been followed for years to ensure that they are boring enough, that they are just "C" graders in an Ivy league school, no good at any extracurricular activities and that they are not noticeable at all ! They were told that now is their chance to join in the League which is a "covert network that uses the nation`s most average kids as spies." Well Gitty Daneshvari is being really unkind to the Secret Services at this point. But it`s such a gripping exceptional mystery that surely will have quite a large following of average as well as non-average kids.
The task in hand is not an easy one , With their head quarters being highly low tech and messages being sent via kivis and jalapenos, all for security reasons. Their reports, pocket-sized editions of "How to Make Great Popcorn" are all interestingly imaginative. When the story climaxes and become thoroughly exiting at the point where the mere existence of the League becomes suspicious and treacherous the readers will no doubt be sitting on the edge.
Danesvari`s choice of protagonists in her story is impressive. That choice of "invisible" as her heroes ensure the uniqueness of it from those of it`s same caliber. And by giving them an enormous power through the story-line: as they work in line with the top most powerful people of the nation, their mission being locating the abducted vice president before he revels the secret access code of the government`s mainframe at first. makes them obviously feel so special. The children who are cornered by adults followed by their peers for being deprived or average may find their bliss through it. . But the author supposedly suggests us that there are no average kids but adults! And that if there are, then being an unexceptional is much better than being a weirdo "Evanstonian" exceptional !
The story is fast paced,hair-raising and witty. Well descriptive in character building that readers can easily put themselves into Johnathan`s or Shelly`s places. Atmospheric settings are captivating and sometimes hilarious, Evanston, a Washington DC suburb they live in, it says " was well known for it`s precision./ Gardeners regularly measured grass strands to maintain uniform lawn heights./ Sprinklers ran counterclockwise at eight a.m./ and clockwise at nine p.m." This being the first in it`s series promises us an exiting new adventure series to look forward to.