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Dear Maisie, I’m Sorry-bookcover

By: Diane Maender

Dear Maisie, I’m Sorry

Pages: 162 Ratings: 4.0
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Thirteen-year-old Nora Penderling has three minor problems.

First, her father is a CIA agent and a lying rascal.

Second, her real mother is not Candy, the upstanding woman she calls Mom, but rather a Russian spy and ruthless assassin, Natalya—current location unknown.

And, third, Natalya just might be out there trying to assassinate her. Or protect her. 50-50.


Determined to unravel the truth about her family and herself, Nora follows the trail of an exotic necklace from the souks of Dubai to the Louisiana estate, Black River, to the cobblestoned streets of old Vienna. But Nora’s search is risky business. Her father could lose his job. Someone has followed her across three continents (and counting). And, Nora can trust, well, no one.

Ultimately, Nora must face the question: is the truth worth riskingeverything?

Diane Maender was born in Salt Lake City but soon thereafter life and work and love set her adrift. She has lived in Port of Spain, Houston, Boston, Washington, D.C., Vienna, Dubai, Key Largo, and Cairo, each place leaving an indelible mark on her mind and heart. She currently lives in Cairo with her husband and three children. This is her first book for children.

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  • Dearreaderofbooks

    This YA novel is wholesome, funny, and kind of crazy. It’s about Nora who finds out her mom is not really her mom, her dad works for the CIA, and her biological mom is a Russian assassin. Well, if you couldn’t tell already, this makes for a great novel!

    Nora’s world turns upside down. She just moved to Dubai and met her new best friend Al. While Nora is trying to figure out who she is, she’s also trying to find out who her mom is. (Her mom, who’s either trying to protect or assassinate her, only one way to find out I guess). Although she’s faced with insane challenges and setbacks, she pushes through. This makes for a thrilling but funny story.

    I found it a lighthearted read, even though the book deals with the heavy topic of finding your roots. It showed issues of trust and feelings of loneliness in an environment where deceptions and lies were dominant. I think this is greatly captured in a wholesome YA novel that has a surprising plot that left me smiling.

    It’s a great read for people of all ages. I think no matter our age, YA books can bring us back to our high school years and are still relatable at older ages. The emotions and feelings are lightheartedly described in this genre, giving comfort and joy.

    Definitely read this book if you want to read a joyful read that contains humor, a captivating mystery and surprising plot!

  • Niamh_reads_

    Dear Maisie, I’m Sorry is a fun and fast-paced YA / middle-grade thriller. I read this in one sitting and really enjoyed it! The characters were so loveable and there were so many unexpected twists. Despite the heavy topic of a young teen figuring out her identity and her roots, it’s a light-hearted and intriguing novel!

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