After Sophie’s family dies in a factory explosion she ends up living with a friends family. She snuck into the country. Later she discovers that the "aunt" she had been staying with has died and Sophie discovers the secret she had been hiding. She was actually Sophie's grandmother. While looking through some of the papers her grandmother left behind, Sophie discovers that Sophie's grandfather is famed inventor Alfred Nobel. She must meet with him and learn more about her family. But at the same time war is close to breaking out and danger is in the air. Read to find out how Sophie discovers her family history, the events leading to her parents' death, and all the while trying to save a friend.
I really enjoyed this book. It has a lot of history involved, including the life of Alfred Nobel, a man best known for his dynamite invention and the prizes that carries his name to this day. While reading this, I couldn't put the book down. I believe others will enjoy this novel as well because it is extremely interesting and the way the plot keeps you guessing to the end.
Jenny Davidson is a professor of comparative literature at Columbia University. She has written an adult novel and several books of nonfiction. The Explosionist is her first novel for teens. She lives in New York City.