Playing with Fire

One brilliant young hacker. One experimental government aircraft. One chance to keep it all from going up in flames. Trouble is only a keystroke away in this new young adult series.

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One brilliant young hacker. One experimental government aircraft. One chance to keep it all from going up in flames.

Still recovering from her troubled past, Farris is no stranger to change. But when the military transfers her father across the country to an experimental aircraft squadron, settling in to a new life is the least of her problems. As a series of apparent computer glitches threaten the security of the fleet and the blame falls on her father, she decides to put her computer skills to use digging up the truth. Soon she’s drawn into the perilous world of a hacker who is determined to ground the fleet—at any cost.

When all signs lead to someone close to her as the mastermind, Farris will have to burn more than bridges to get to the truth. She will have to risk her fragile new life to uncover the identity of the cyber criminal before they can escalate from harmless tampering… to all out murder.

Playing with Fire

Reviewed by Melanie Newton

There is some bullying at the school.

Talk of people being beaten up in the past in a couple of different instances.

Nasty fight scene at the end which ends up with someone getting knocked out with a baseball bat.


Some intimate kissing in a dream and some actual intimte kissing later in the book.

**Note there is a scene where a kiss is forced upon a very unwilling girl**


Talk of alcohol and drug use by teenagers in a flashback.

Talk of Derek's dad drinking too much.

Talk of a teenager taking pills out of a prescription bottle with the label missing. Assumed (by the teller) to be steroids or something else illegal.

Super Natural Characters: None

Other:This is a book about High School teenagers on a military base.  Although some of the things (language etc) would be considered typical teenage behavior, with the setting there are things that come up (especially with regard to the Military) that may cause younger children to ask questions.

Series: Geek Girl Mysteries, Book 1
Genres: Action & Adventure / General, Love & Romance
Tags: computers, hacker, military, Mystery, romance, science, technology
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
ISBN: 9781634221191
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About the Author
Sherry D. Ficklin

Sherry D. Ficklin is a full time writer from Colorado where she lives with her husband, four kids, two dogs, and a fluctuating number of chickens and house guests. She can often be found browsing her local bookstore with a large white hot chocolate in one hand and a towering stack of books in the other. That is, unless she's on deadline at which time she, like the Loch Ness monster, is only seen in blurry photographs. She is the author of several YA novels ranging from contemporary romance to science fiction. In her spare time she co-hosts the Pop Lit Divas radio show and is constantly trying to take over the world.

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