SLJ mentions Renegade X

School Library Journal mentioned my book today in their Interesting Reader Society – Book Reviews by Young Adults. It was my first brush with a pro journal, and it went a little something like this (actually, it went word for word like this, because I’m copying it directly):

Campbell, Chelsea M. The Rise of Renegade X. Egmont. May 2010. ISBN 978-1-60684-060-3. Gr 7–12.

Damien Locke lives in a world where your DNA structure decides whether you become a hero or a villain. On each inhabitant’s 16th birthday, the hero/villain’s thumb fingerprints change to an H or a V. But when Damien’s thumbprint becomes an X, everything changes.

This story was fast, exciting, and fresh. I thought the cover was good, and it showed an important scene when Damien is being forced to jump off a building. The confusion of Damien throughout the book is so real.—Madison C., age 13

Not bad, eh?

  1. Cathy/greytfriend

    Wow, good for you! And good for Madison, I’m very sure I wasn’t that good a reviewer at 13. Probably not now. She really captured it in a few words – fast, exciting and fresh. Congratulations!

  2. Chelsea Campbell


    Yeah, I was like, “Wow, she’s 13?!? My reviews still read ‘OMG it was awesome *drools* GO READ IT’.”

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