Charlie Thorne and the Last Equation by Stuart Gibbs

Reviewed by Melissa Beck (Library Staff)

Certifiable genius Charlie is too clever for her own good, but she finally meets her intellectual match (so to speak) in Albert Einstein.

Despite being just 12 years old, Charlie is reluctantly recruited by a set of stumped CIA agents tasked with securing Einstein’s one last dangerous and world-changing equation before it falls into the hands of a terrorist sect. What follows is a deadly chase around the globe filled with clever clues, high stakes and non-stop action.

I raced through this thrill-ride of a book. It felt like The Da Vinci Code, but with more 12-year-old snark (yes, please!). I obviously loved Charlie, and her daredevil streak served her as well on this covert government mission as her elevated IQ. Not trained as an agent, it was fascinating to watch her get herself out of life-threatening situations by “seeing the numbers”–mathematically calculating how an action will play out before it happens.

Charlie is set to embark on her next adventure in March 2021 and I know I’ll be right there with her.

Just FYI – This one is more appropriate for older elementary and middle school readers, as the guns rarely stay holstered.

Available through the Bridges Library System

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