Black Helicopters

Black Helicopters

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A teenage girl. A survivalist childhood. And now a bomb strapped to her chest. See the world through her eyes in this harrowing and deeply affecting literary thriller.I'm Valkyrie White. I'm fifteen. Your government killed my family. Ever since Mabby died while picking beans in their garden — with the pock-a-pock of a helicopter overhead — four-year-old Valley knows what her job is: hide in the underground den with her brother, Bo, while Da is working, because Those People will kill them like coyotes. But now, with Da unexpectedly gone and no home to return to, a teenage Valley (now Valkyrie) and her big brother must bring their message to the outside world — a not-so-smart place where little boys wear their names on their backpacks and young men don't pat down strangers before offering a lift. Blythe Woolston infuses her white-knuckle narrative, set in a day-after-tomorrow Montana, with a dark, trenchant humor and a keen psychological eye. Alternating past-present vignettes in prose as tightly wound as the springs of a clock and as masterfully plotted as a game of chess, she ratchets up the pacing right to the final, explosive end.
Publisher: 2013
Branch Call Number: Overdrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Somerville : Candlewick Press, 2013. Requires OverDrive Read (file size: N/A KB) or Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 625 KB) or Kobo app or compatible Kobo device (file size: N/A KB) or Amazon Kindle (file size: N/A KB)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
ISBN: 9780763663551

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JCLChrisK Aug 14, 2013

This book has so many elements that I really love that it's hard for me to accept that I wasn't more blown away by the total package, and I still can't quite figure out how the whole feels less than the sum of the parts. The excellently voiced unreliable narrator, intense plot, understated and unstated weighty issues that are implied and can be read between the lines, an unexpected perspective from the margins of society, social commentary, empathetic psychology, gradual reveal of backstory woven into the current narrative, and vague entry point without exposition all contribute strongly to this short tale of a teen suicide bomber, yet I just couldn't get excited about it and easily set it aside with no hangover after discovering how it ends. I might have to try rereading it sometime.
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"I'm Valkyrie White. I'm fifteen. Your government killed my family."

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LibraryK8 May 31, 2013

Black Helicopters are the harbingers of death and destruction for 15 year old Valley and her brother Bo. If they knew their hiding place, Those People, who control the helicopters, would kill them like coyotes, just as they killed her parents. Valley is determined to make the pay, no matter the cost to herself. Using the skills for survival and explosives their father taught them, Valley comes up with a plan to enact vengeance on Those People. By turning herself into an explosive message.

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