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Title, Author, Series
Review Date Title Author Series Grades Rating Teen Comments
05/24/2018 Ice Station Zebra Maclean, Alistair 11 - 12 Generally Acceptable
Teen
General
Adult spy novel, well written. Suspenseful, not a lot of action/violence. Some language: damn,goddamnl, C---, hell, bastard. Violence, death. Passing reference to "pin-ups" - cartoon character, mentions that this is unlike the usual type. Passing mention of 'beautiful blondes' as being typical of spy stories.
05/24/2018 Partisans Maclean, Alistair 11 - 12 Problematic
Teen
General
Adult spy novel. Man escorts group and finds spies. Language: damn, hell, stupid, J--. Man jokes that they were not stopped because the guard thought he was having a torrid affair with his 2 beautiful passengers. Non-romantic friendly negiah. Some mild references to woman being in love with a man. Woman lived with a man previously and had a son with him.
05/24/2018 River of Death Maclean, Alistair 11 - 12 Problematic
Teen
General
Adult spy novel. Man leads people to Lost City, in order to catch former Nazi. Language: hell, J---, C---, whore, bastard. Passing mention of bordello, no explanation. Drinking. Nazi's female assistant is rumored to be his mistress; she turns out to be an Israel spy whose family was killed in Holocaust, she stayed with him so he would lead her to another Nazi. Attractive stewardess serves drinks. Non-romantic negiah. Violence.
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Title, Author, Series
Ice Station Zebra
Maclean, Alistair
Grades: 11 - 12
Generally Acceptable
Teen
Teen
General
Adult spy novel, well written. Suspenseful, not a lot of action/violence. Some language: damn,goddamnl, C---, hell, bastard. Violence, death. Passing reference to "pin-ups" - cartoon character, mentions that this is unlike the usual type. Passing mention of 'beautiful blondes' as being typical of spy stories.
Partisans
Maclean, Alistair
Grades: 11 - 12
Problematic
Teen
Teen
General
Adult spy novel. Man escorts group and finds spies. Language: damn, hell, stupid, J--. Man jokes that they were not stopped because the guard thought he was having a torrid affair with his 2 beautiful passengers. Non-romantic friendly negiah. Some mild references to woman being in love with a man. Woman lived with a man previously and had a son with him.
River of Death
Maclean, Alistair
Grades: 11 - 12
Problematic
Teen
Teen
General
Adult spy novel. Man leads people to Lost City, in order to catch former Nazi. Language: hell, J---, C---, whore, bastard. Passing mention of bordello, no explanation. Drinking. Nazi's female assistant is rumored to be his mistress; she turns out to be an Israel spy whose family was killed in Holocaust, she stayed with him so he would lead her to another Nazi. Attractive stewardess serves drinks. Non-romantic negiah. Violence.