The True Adventures of Nicolo Zen by Nnicholas Christopher.
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: January 2014
List Price: $17.99
Review: Recently orphaned Nicol˜ Zen plays the clarinet beautifully,and he lives in an orphanageÉfor girls. Adriana is a girl with whom Nicol˜ falls in love with. She might be the long lost heir of the duke. Nicholas Christopher tells their story in The True Adventures of Nicol˜ Zen.
In The True Adventures of Nicol˜ Zen, Nicol˜ is just a regular boy until a disease wipes out his mother, father, and two sisters. He gets into a music-based orphanage for girls and soon falls in love with a girl named Adriana who may just be the heir of a famous duke. He also befriends a girl named Julietta who goes missing, and Nicol˜ gets worried. He uncovers a dark secret about the people in charge of the orphanage. Will he ever find Julietta? Can he keep Adriana safe? Will Adriana ever find out about her true past?
Nicholas Christopher has used his choice of characters hold the story together. I enjoyed the way he created each character to relate to each other. He makes people feel sorry for Nicol˜ and the other main characters just by using their back-stories and what happens to them in the story. But although it is well written, Nicholas Christopher fails to use sophisticated vocabulary for the advanced level of readers. He improves this with chemistry between Nicol˜ and Adriana. This book is recommended for middle school readers
Review written by Jarred (6th grade student).
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