Greetings From Witness Protection!
by Jake Burt
Our Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (4 out of 5 stars)
Reviewed by: Leah Baumgartner
Nicki has been through multiple foster homes since her grandmother died and now finds herself back in the Center waiting for yet another placement in the foster care system. She has done this so many times that she quickly realizes that something unusual is going on the minute she is called to go into the “Transition” room where kids normally meet their new families. Instead of a new set of parents, she is met by two U.S. Marshals who know all about her past, including her minor run ins with the law. They are offering her a fresh start on the condition that she assume a whole new identity and use her unique skill set to help hide a family of three from ruthless criminals, by turning them into a family of four, in the Witness Protection program.
What follows is a story that touches on what it means to be a family and the trickiness of navigating a new school and friendships, all while pretending to be someone else. It turns out that maintaining a B- average when you are normally a straight A student is a lot harder than you might think it would be. Nicki’s quick wit and even quicker hands come in very handy as she comes to the aid of her new friend and tries to help her new family escape the dangers from their past. In the end though, her own past may prove to be the biggest danger of them all.
I highly recommend this book to those who like realistic fiction that combines humor and suspense into one very satisfying story. (Be aware that there is some mild, infrequent swearing. This is why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5.)