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"The outlaw at the heart of the plot, Yakuuba Sor, brings a heartening complexity and morality to this seldom-seen setting. Nonstop action in the African desert"-Kirkus "This thriller is a great way to get readers hooked while introducing them to the issues affecting contemporary Africa." -School Library Journal, starred review "Nonstop action will please thriller fans."--Bulletin
A high-tension, high-tech thriller with an African setting. Jake and his sister, Kas, whose father is the British ambassador to Burkina Faso, are abducted, bundled into a van, and driven into the unknown. In smartphone contact with his father, Jake learns that the kidnapper with the spider web tattoo is the remorseless outlaw Yakuuba Sor, who is connected to an international terrorist organization. But is he the real Yakuuba Sor? And is Sor really a dangerous criminal? In this fast-paced tale laced with trickery and murder, Jake and Kas discover that with the corrupt local government and British Intelligence arrayed against them, survival in the African desert may be the least of their problems. Includes an afterword. The e-book includes a sample chapter from Hacking Timbuktu by Stephen Davies.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011
ISBN: 9780547677583
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1 online resource (304 pages)
Call Number: eBook


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CRRL_CraigGraziano Jul 17, 2015

Outlaw is a breakneck thrill ride that rewards creativity over senseless violence. Though Jake is the main character, the Chameleon provides the true heart of the book.

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Jun 28, 2015

if you like a book that is about kidnapping and simple magic tricks, then this is the book for you.

JCLChrisK Apr 30, 2013

Jake hates the boring restrictiveness of his rigid boarding school, so when he gets suspended for the last six weeks of the term--for sneaking out at night to play a geocaching game he and his friends have invented--he's looking forward to the extra free time and a bit of adventure. Particularly since he'll be spending the time in the sunny, wild, teeming capital of African nation Burkina Faso, where is dad is the British ambassador. Except Jake learns true adventure isn't all that fun after he and his younger sister are kidnapped by Yakuuba Sor, leader of a terrorist group and one of the most wanted outlaws in the Sahara Desert. They must quickly learn about a whole different experience of life if they are to survive long enough to make their way home.
Packed with action, intrigue, high-tech surveillance and weapons, parkour, disguises, cleverness, a variety of cultures and languages, gritty mercilessness, and social awareness, this is an exciting tale of survival in a part of the world unfamiliar to most readers. I definitely enjoyed devouring it quickly.


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Jun 28, 2015

Fifteen-year-old Jake Knight is an explorer and adventurer at heart but this often gets him into trouble. When a stuffy English boarding school suspends him for rule-breaking, Jake flies out to Burkina Faso where his parents are living. He is expecting a long, adventure-filled vacation under a smiling African sun. But what awaits him there is kidnapping, terrorism and Yakuuba Sor - the most wanted outlaw in the Sahara desert.


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Jun 28, 2015

"a spider in a web"
"through adversity to the stars"


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