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Book review: Young readers

David Baldacci has earned a loyal, worldwide fan base with his fast-paced, plot-driven thrillers. With The Finisher (ages 10 and older, 512 pages, Scholastic Press, $17.99), Baldacci makes his middle-grade fantasy debut in a novel featuring a wisecracking, clever and brave young heroine named Vega Jane. Baldacci’s mastery of emotional tension and full-throttle action is on fine display. The quirky, lovable cast of characters will endear The Finisher to readers of all ages. Read more here.