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Moving Target
ISBN: 9780545773195
Author: Gonzalez, Christina Diaz
Publisher: Scholastic Pr
Published: August 2016
Retail: $6.99    OUR PRICE: $4.79
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Binding Type: Paperback
Annotation: When her art history professor father is targeted by an assassin, Cassie, an American studying in Rome, discovers her secret ancient bloodline that enables her to use a legendary weapon, a legacy that is challenged by a murderous organization. By the award-winning author of The Red Umbrella. Simultaneous eBook.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Action & Adventure
- Juvenile Fiction | Legends, Myths, Fables
Library of Congress Subjects:
Holy Lance; Fiction.
Murder; Fiction.
Secret societies; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2016036001
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Series: Moving Target
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Target Grade: 4-6
Grade level: 4-6
Physical Information: 0.75" H x 75.00" L x 5.50" W
Bargain Category: Upper Elementary, Myths & Legends, Mystery, Middle School, Chapter Books
Grade level(s): 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
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Contributor Bio(s):
Christina Diaz Gonzalez is the award-winning author of Moving Target, The Red Umbrella and A Thunderous Whisper. Her books have received numerous honors and recognitions including the Florida Book Award and the Nebraska Book Award. They have also been named the American Library Association's Best Fiction for Young Adults, a Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People, and the International Reading Association's Teachers' Choice. Learn more at christinagonzalez.com.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2016 Spring)
After her father is shot by the secretive Hastati, Cassie Arroyo learns that she, a marked descendant of Saint Longinus, can shape the future with Longinus's mystical spear. But the Hastati want the spear--and they want Cassie dead. Characterization takes a backseat to action--and a whirlwind of riddles, legends, and betrayal--as Cassie hunts for the spear in modern-day Italy.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2015 June #1)

Set in present-day Rome, Gonzalez's (A Thunderous Whisper) thriller hits the ground running and doesn't let up. Eighth-grader Cassie Arroyo is unceremoniously whisked out of school one afternoon by her father, a "mild-mannered art historian," who tells her that a secret organization called the Hastati is after her. He instructs Cassie to find a man named Brother Gregorio—and is promptly shot and wounded. After escaping to the monastery where Brother Gregorio lives with his nephew, Asher, Cassie's questions are slowly answered. For centuries, the Hastati has guarded the mythical Spear of Destiny, which purportedly can shape world events when paired with a descendent of St. Longinus—like Cassie. Cassie, Asher, and her best friend Simone set off to find the spear, following clues that lead to more answers, questions, and peril. Gonzalez's characters can be a bit one-dimensional, but the story's shocking twists and juicy mix of history and legend, as well as a cliffhanger ending, should be more than enough to keep readers eager for Cassie's next adventure. Ages 8–12. Agent: Jennifer Rofé, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (Aug.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2015 August)

Gr 4–8—Cassie Arroyo's life is turned upside down when her father is shot and she finds out that she was the target. When she must leave her ailing father's side—or face an assassin working for a dangerous secret organization called the Hastati—Cassie goes to her father's friend, Brother Gregorio, for protection. Cassie learns from Brother Gregorio that she is the marked descendent of Saint Longinus and only she can control the Holy Lance of Longinus (the Spear of Destiny). Cassie, accompanied by her best friend and Brother Gregorio's nephew Asher, decides to leave the protection of the monastery to find the spear and her father before the Hastati find them. Gonzalez has created an action-packed mystery that utilizes Christian mythology seamlessly. This plot-driven story wastes little time in character development and background, which may turn some readers off, but the pacing will hold most kids' attention as they try to piece out the clues alongside Cassie and her friends. A cliff-hanger ending will keep readers anxiously awaiting the next installment. VERDICT Fans of Jude Watson's Loot (Scholastic, 2014) and Chris Grabenstein's Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library (Random, 2013) will devour this series opener.—Amanda Augsburger, Moline Public Library, IL

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