Great Destroyers, The

by Caroline Tung Richmond
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Jo was born into a world where the nuclear bomb was never invented, and wars are fought with giant mechanical soldiers. But the Cold War is heating up, and she’s about to find herself caught in the middle of it all.
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In Jo Linden’s world, the Cold War still rages. International rivalries between democracy and communism are now fought at the Pax Games, an Olympic-style competition that pits young pilots of mechas—huge mechanical soldiers—against each other.

The USSR has beaten the US in nearly every game since its inception, and in the 1963 Games, the US is desperate for a win. Because it’s more than just the Games at stake. Premier Khrushchev will be attending, and after, he and President Kennedy are slated to sign a peace accord stabilizing the war in Vietnam—and their volatile relationship.

Raised in her father’s mecha repair shop, Jo knows more than anyone about piloting. She’s also the most unlikely pick for Team USA since she’s a virtually unknown fighter. So when she’s invited at the last minute to compete, she jumps at it. This could be the only chance to save her family’s home from debt collectors. All eyes are on Jo from the moment she arrives. But as fighters start dying in the arena, it’s suddenly clear that this is more than the usual Pax Games, and Jo finds herself drawn into a deadly political plot. And if she can’t figure out the truth, it might mean the annihilation of everything.
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    • Grades: 7 - 12
    • Ages: 12 - and up
  • Product Type: Book
  • Page Count: 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 5 1/2" x 8 1/4"
  • Language: English
  • ISBN 13: 978-1-338-79967-5