Title: Tess, Terrorists and the Tiara
Author: Terry Baldwin
Publish Date: March 2012
Age: Middle Grade, early Young Adult
Thirteen-year-old Tess has always felt that compared to her older sister Brianna, she was insignificant. She wasn’t good at many things, while it seemed like her sister was good at everything. Tess thought she could never compete with Brianna, but now she has a motivation to try. The prize? Her grandmother’s priceless tiara. The sisters have been asked to come to their grandparent’s home for the summer and help take care of their grandmother who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Whichever girl gets the most points for doing helpful chores inherits the former beauty queen’s crown.
Tess, who does everything with the best of intentions, is a klutz and many of her attempts at being helpful fail. But when a strange Muslim family moves in nearby, Tess gets entangled in a web of mystery, misunderstanding, and danger. She learns the importance of self-confidence, and that the real value of doing good is much more priceless than a tiara.
Tess, Terrorists, and the Tiara is a thrilling book that keeps you on the edge of your seat. The characters are easy to relate to and the story is one that is very well written and exciting. Terry Baldwin is a talented author who knows how to keep his readers turning the pages in anticipation!