DangerousDangerous by Shannon Hale
Published by: Bloomsbury
Release Date: 4 March 2014
Pages: 416
Genres: Diversity, Science Fiction
Recommended For: Grades 6-8
Submitted by: Renata Sancken


Maisie Danger Brown–yes, that’s her actual middle name–has always dreamed of being an astronaut. She knows that her dream is unlikely to come true, due to the fact that she was born with only one hand. But that doesn’t stop her from entering a contest to win a free trip to space camp.

She’s surprised when she wins, and even more surprised when she and a small group of fellow campers, known as the Fireteam, get to actually ride the space elevator up to visit a mining station on an asteroid.

Being in space is the coolest thing Maisie’s ever done. But then their camp director shows them something they found on the asteroid. Alien tokens of some kind. She passes them around for the kids to touch, and something strange happens. Each of the 5 kids gain a weird alien power. Mi-sun can throw objects with deadly accuracy. Ruth is super strong. Jacques’s body can produce his own armor. And Maisie Danger Brown suddenly has the most brilliant technical mind on the planet.

When they return to earth, though, they find that having these new abilities isn’t all fun and games. It’s actually not very fun at all. Maisie has to figure out how to use her new powers to keep herself safe–Earth depends on it. Check out Dangerous by Shannon Hale to find out what Maisie and her fireteam can do.

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