From author Stuart Gibbs comes the first novel in a new series about the world’s youngest and smartest genius who’s forced to use her unbelievable code-breaking skills to outsmart Einstein.
Charlie Thorne is a 12-year-old girl who speaks a dozen languages, has an enormous IQ, rivaling Albert Einstein. She is the only person who can help the CIA on this particular mission. She has questionable ethics, but leans toward saving the world. She definitely has a chip on her shoulder, and that makes her an interesting character for a children's book.
Plus, for once, a Mark Twain nominee satisfied me with an ending that is entirely appropriate to the story. It's not too convenient, and it's not flat. I have three more books to read on the 2021/2 list, but so far, this one has my vote (not that my vote counts).