Thirteen-year-old Nicki Demere has spent the past five years in and out of foster families. The last thing she expects when two US marshals show up is for them to offer her a family and a home.
But that's exactly what they do. Nicki is one of a dozen kids to be assigned to families on the run from criminals--families who can fly under the radar much more easily with an extra son or daughter to throw off suspicion. She gets a new name, a new history, a new family--and then her job is simply to fit in.
And Nicki, as Charlotte Trevor, succeeds... mostly. She gets average grades, makes friends (but not too many), and joins her school's mediocre basketball team. But just as Charlotte Trevor can't quite outgrow Nicki Demere, her new family is struggling to escape their own, much darker, past. And when some of the country's most infamous criminals pick up their trail, it's up to Nicki to preserve her new life--and save the closest thing to a family she's ever known.
Greetings from Witness Protection! is a quirky, relatable tale of family and friendship told through the eyes of a resilient and funny heroine. The unique premise of this book caught my attention and Jake Burt carried it well; I loved watching Nick/Charlotte tackle the challenges that were thrown at her. I also liked the supporting characters, who felt very real, from Nicki's annoying 'younger brother' to the kids she meets at her new school. I recommend Greetings from Witness Protection! to readers ages nine and up.