Troublemakers / Catherine Barter.

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    • Publication Information:
      First American edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: When east London is targeted by a bomber, fifteen-year-old Alena, raised by her half-brother and his boyfriend, becomes increasingly rebellious and insistent on learning about her long-dead activist mother.
    • Notes:
      Originally published in London in 2017 by Andersen Press.
      A Junior Library Guild selection (JLG.)
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  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      BARTER, C. Troublemakers. First American edition. [s. l.]: Carolrhoda Lab, 2018. ISBN 9781512475494. Disponível em: Acesso em: 15 ago. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Barter C. Troublemakers. First American edition. Carolrhoda Lab; 2018. Accessed August 15, 2020.
    • APA:
      Barter, C. (2018). Troublemakers (First American edition.). Carolrhoda Lab.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Barter, Catherine. 2018. Troublemakers. First American edition. Carolrhoda Lab.
    • Harvard:
      Barter, C. (2018) Troublemakers. First American edition. Carolrhoda Lab. Available at: (Accessed: 15 August 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Barter, C 2018, Troublemakers, First American edition., Carolrhoda Lab, viewed 15 August 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Barter, Catherine. Troublemakers. First American edition., Carolrhoda Lab, 2018. EBSCOhost,
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Barter, Catherine. Troublemakers. First American edition. Carolrhoda Lab, 2018.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Barter C. Troublemakers [Internet]. First American edition. Carolrhoda Lab; 2018 [cited 2020 Aug 15]. Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2018 March #1

Alena has lived with her brother, Danny, since she was three. She knows he and his boyfriend share secrets about Alena and Danny's mother's troubled life. But every time Lena tries to talk to Danny about it, he shuts her down. At 15, Lena feels old enough to handle the truth, and if Danny won't give it to her, well, she'll start making trouble herself by trying to dig up the real story. Her two friends, Ollie and Tegan, will be there to help her through the triumphs and sorrows that soon come, as Lena tries to navigate her confusing past and uncertain future with a frightening present—an unknown person called the East End Bomber is terrorizing her area of London. Barter's debut displays impressive skill and authenticity in relating issues of family secrets and grief. Readers will connect with Lena on her dramatic, heartrending journey as she begins to suss out the ambiguity of other people's choices and fateful decisions that happened long before she was born. Grades 8-11. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

PW Reviews 2018 February #2

Barter debuts with an engrossing family story set in London. Danny became the legal guardian of his younger sister, Alena, when she was three and he was 22, after their mother died. Alena is 15 as the novel opens, and she yearns to learn more about her activist mother, but even the smallest question sends Danny into a rage. Only Nick, Danny's longtime partner and Alena's second dad, will engage with her on the subject. Though Alena has plenty of strong friendships, and everyone is talking about a bomber terrorizing London's East End, the focus of this novel is on her family, her growing conflict with Danny about their mother, and the job he's taken managing the campaign of a conservative candidate, to Nick's chagrin. Barter confidently laces conflict and tension into the relationships among Nick, Danny, and Alena, drawing out the hardships they've faced during a decade of grief, doing their best to be a stable family. The bomber subplot feels peripheral, a device intended to add urgency, but Barter's novel should appeal to a wide audience for its emotional honesty and its complex characters and relationships. Ages 13–up. (Apr.)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.