Various launches around the traps this month for Justin D’Ath’s new stand alone thrilling adventure targeting the younger teen market. Three is about three characters whose lives are intertwined through the assassination of Sunday Balewo’s parents – the rulers of a small African nation – through a military coup. Sunday’s ‘rescue’ from his own impending death in the hands of a genetically engineered baboon goes seriously wrong with a mad chase and nearly disastrous consequence. Sunday finds himself looking after the baboon with the help of an American school-would be girl-friend as they allude the military, hide out and plot revenge. Sunday’s skill and speed as a soccer player, and fame as member of the national team, gives him some advantages in a game of life and death that is heavily stacked against him.
Independent upper primary students and teenagers will enjoy this action-packed adventure story. However, there are a number of sub themes that secondary students could explore to connect with current world events and issues – suicide bombing, religious beliefs and attitudes, genetic engineering, military coups, corporate crime and female equality – that would make this an excellent class or group text for Years 7 and 8 classes. Ford Street Publishing provide teacher’s notes to support such endeavours. Three is available in Australia through INT Books and well worth adding to the shelves for an entertaining, fast-paced and thought-provoking read.