Book review for Hacker by Malorie Blackman.

by Malorie Blackman
Book review by Miranda Todd

Hacker is a children’s fiction novel written by Malorie Blackman. It is one of my favourite book as it is extremely well written and interesting.

The story begins in school during a test and Vicky programs her calculator to answer all of the questions correctly, then unknowingly admits to hacking into the school to get all of the answers.  As well as this she has to deal with helping her father to get out of jail. Will she be able to handle it all and prove that her father is innocent? There is a major plot twist at the end of the book and a character is guilty that you never would’ve suspected.

It has brilliant characters: Vicky, the main protagonist, is a well thought out character who makes you understand the emotional journey that she faces throughout the book; Gib, her brother, is a hilarious character who makes the book funny when something terrible happens. Their dad is wrongly accused of stealing money from the bank that he works at and is in jail throughout the book. Their mum isn’t a main role in the book, but their ‘aunt’ Beth and her husband Sebastian are as they hide a huge secret.

As this book was published in 1992, there is no mention of mobile phones. For some people this may be a bad thing, but for me it is a good thing as they couldn’t just call someone for help, they had to save their father all on their own. Another thing is that it was set in America so some of the words are spelt differently but not too many, so it doesn’t effect the story.

I would highly recommend this book to everyone as it is written by my favourite author and it is my favourite book from her. The beginning is a little bit slow paced but that is the only flaw. I give it 5 stars.

Submitted: July 02, 2015

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