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Sekret : an empty mind is a safe mind

by Smith, Lindsay, 1984-

Format: Print Book 2014
Availability: Available at 4 Libraries 4 of 4 copies
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CLP - Main Library Teen Department - Teen Fiction TEEN FICTION Smith
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Green Tree Public Library Young Adult Fiction YA SMI
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Collection  Young Adult Fiction
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Jefferson Hills Public Library Young Adult YA FIC SMI
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Collection  Young Adult
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Penn Hills Library Youth Y SMI
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Collection  Youth
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An empty mind is a safe mind.

Yulia's father always taught her to hide her thoughts and control her emotions to survive the harsh realities of Soviet Russia. But when she's captured by the KGB and forced to work as a psychic spy with a mission to undermine the U.S. space program, she's thrust into a world of suspicion, deceit, and horrifying power. Yulia quickly realizes she can trust no one--not her KGB superiors or the other operatives vying for her attention--and must rely on her own wits and skills to survive in thisworld where no SEKRET can stay hidden for long.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "In Communist Russia, Yulia has always been told that an empty mind is a safe mind. But she has never told anyone about her secret power: she can read the minds of those she touches. She learns that there are others like her when, in 1963, she is captured by the KGB as part of a clandestine program intent of developing psychic spies. While on a mission to hide details about Russia's space program from the U.S., Yulia uncovers secrets about her family and begins to see a world full of deceit and power. She becomes torn between trying to figure out a way to escape and the handsome, charming Sergei, who wants her to cooperate with the KGB. Everyone around her has powers and secrets, so whom can she trust? Smith's history adventure debut includes both paranormal and romance elements, and while it begins slowly, the momentum becomes breakneck when secrets are revealed readers will never know what is to be believed. Yulia's story does not feel fully completed, which may mean there is more yet to come.--Thompson, Sarah Bean Copyright 2014 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this smart and fresh supernatural take on the spy novel, it's 1963, and the Soviet Union and United States are deep into the Cold War, with spycraft a necessary trade on both sides. Yulia Andreevna Chernina, 17, has the unfortunate luck of getting scooped up by the psychic branch of the KGB for her ability to "read" the past when she touches an object. She is quickly swept into a world of Soviet spies, imprisoned in a house with other similarly gifted young men and women, all conscripted to unearth top-secret information from the Americans. Though Yulia yearns for escape and reunite with her family, she also learns valuable skills from the KGB's psychic guardians, including how to shield her mind from other psychics through music. Debut novelist Smith's background in foreign affairs and Russian culture shines through in the historical context of her story and the political savvy of her characters and plot. As one character puts it: "Space, weapons, psychics. Arms races, all of them, going nowhere." Ages 12-up. Agent: Mandy Hubbard, D4EO Literary Agency. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Soviet Union. -- Komitet gosudarstvennoi╠ć bezopasnosti -- Fiction.
Psychic ability -- Fiction.
Soviet Union -- History -- 1953-1985 -- Fiction.
Spy stories.
Young adult fiction.
Publisher New York :2014
Edition First edition.
Other Titles Secret
Language English
Description 345 pages ; 22 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN 9781596438927 (hardcover)
1596438924 (hardcover)
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