Liar & spy, by Rebecca Stead
This is a great book about a game where Georges and Sapher are spys. I enjoyed it because it was intresting and exciting- you just can’t wait to learn what’s about to happen next. I can recomend this book to everyone.
Reviewed by Darcy from Kilbirnie, 10 years old
Christmas countdown, by Susannah McFarlanne
EJ 12 is really exiting. the book is about the girl EMMA JACK ( EJ 12 ) she – EJ 12 is a working as a good shadow agent.
Reviewed by aparna from Central City, 11 years old
Point Blanc, by Anthony Horowitz (1955-)
This is a good book about a mysterious school high in the french alps.My most favorite bit is when he is snowboarding down the mountain and getting chased by two jet skies.
Reviewed by Thomas from Cummings Park, 9 years old
Eagle strike, by Anthony Horowitz (1955-)
The Alex Rider Eagle Strike is legend, Anthony Horowitz is one of my favorite authors.If you like James Bond you must read the Alex Rider series. Once you start reading this you wouldn’t want to stop.
Reviewed by Thomas from Cummings Park, 9 years old
Kimono code, by McFarlane, Susannah.
Emma Jacks (also known as EJ12) is an agent on her 14th mission for SHINE. The evil agency SHADOW are threatening to sabotage the Japanese cherry blossom.But how and why?
EJ12 must stop SHADOW from putting an end to the cherry blossom festival..but can EJ stop SHADOW in time?
This book is great for people who like spies.it is a bit like the girl’s Zac Power (but boys can still read EJ12 books!)
Reviewed by Isabelle from Karori, 10 years old
The Recruit by Robert Muchamore
This is a great book about a boy whose mother dies. He and his sister are then recruited to train at a branch of British Intelligence called CHERUB. If you’re into adventure and humour I recommend you read this book. 4 stars.
Review by Kate of Wellington
On the Ball: EJ12 Girl Hero #6 by Susannah McFarlane
Emma Jacks is trying out for the school soccer team, but twice she could not head the ball into the goal. Once it was not even close. But as special agent Ej12 she goes to spy camp and something amazing happens. So why is Emma is worried about getting on the soccer team? 5 stars
Review by Isabelle of Northland
Last Friday, the library hosted a Secret Spy Spectacular. My favourite spy (by far) is Harriet the Spy, aka Harriet M. Welsch. Harriet is a busy body who lives with her far-too-busy parents and her never-too-busy nanny. When I say “busy body”, I mean “snoop”. Harriet likes nothing more than an afternoon spent spying on the people in her neighbourhood then heading home with a notebook full of observations for a tomato sandwich. I think books are better when the people aren’t perfect. None of the people in Louise Fitzhugh’s books are perfect: not the kids, not the teachers, not the neighbours and definitely not the parents: this is what makes her books so appealing.
Harriet the Spy is the story of a lonely girl who desperately wants to reveal something – something disturbing or astonishing or radical, just something – to break the façade of her boring and controlled life. Like lots of the more remarkable and angry characters in books, Harriet does not abide by phoneys and she is (unfortunately) not afraid to hurt feelings (including her own) if it means her life becomes more interesting, raw and real.
Lots of people have read Harriet the Spy and loved it, but not so many know about the two follow up books. Harriet returns in The Long Secret, which is a wonderful summer holiday story. The long Secret begins with a nasty (but sort-of funny) secret note and Harriet’s burning desire to find out who sent it. She enlists her mousy friend Beth Allen to reluctantly help her, and they have lots of odd encounters along the way. I like the peculiar characters – like the family who are trying to get rich making toe medicine (EW), and Bunny (COOL NAME) the pyjama-wearing piano player. The Long Secret is two books in one really: on one hand it is a riveting mystery that involves a funny holiday township, but on the other hand it is a story about feeling left out and friendship and growing up and stuff. (That leaves no hands to hold biscuits, but it’s a summer book so maybe you could just slurp a milkshake instead?).
Harriet only plays a guest role in the third book which is set back in New York. Sport focuses on Harriet’s friend Simon who is nicknamed Sport, and lives with his really nice but really hopeless Dad. There is not so much mystery in this one, but a lot of action. Poor Sport is really put through the wringer as his evil mother (no, not evil stepmother – just plain old evil mother) tries to gain custody of him so she can get her greedy mitts on his inheritance. This book is intense! Heaps of yelling and cussing and hiding and running and worrying and laughing. (Lots of laughing from me actually, especially when Sport and his friends get their own back against rich ladies and cops -ha-ha).
I would strongly recommend these books to anyone who is sick of children’s stories that are all sweet and fluffy and nice. Louise Fitzhugh died at a young age and it’s a real shame because she is one of the few authors that seems to “get” kids. She doesn’t write about kids the way adults like to see kids: boring, stupid and polite – she writes about kids the way kids are: interesting, thoughtful and really cool.
Registrations for for Secret Spy Spectacular have now closed. This was such a popular event that all the spaces have gone! A big sorry to those that have missed out. Email the Grand Spy Master Adrienne to be placed on a waiting list – email@example.com
Keep an eye on this blog for more events in the future.
The Secret Spy Spectacular – the free quiz night for 9-12 year olds. Friday August 20th, 6.30pm at the Wellington Central Library.
Have you been hearing in the news about the Russian spies found in the United States? If you are interested in spies and intelligence check out this new book from The International Spy Museum in Washington DC. The Real Spy’s Guide to becoming a Spy by Peter Earnest who is ex CIA. It is packed with information covering the history of spying , what spies do (it’s not very James Bond really), quizzes to see if you would make a good spy, spy gadgets, what training you can expect and even spy skills you can start working on now.
If spies are your thing, and really, why wouldn’t they be? Come along to our free quiz night for 9-12 year olds. It’s on August 20th at 6.30pm at the Wellington Central Library. Registrations open tomorrow through this blog.