Ok, who is up for an adventure—or should I say a trip to the unknown filled with danger and intrigue?
In the books selected this week our characters are confronted with challenges, both physical and mental, and we root for them to triumph over the bad guy.
Of course, there are always one or two great chase scenes (by foot, by boat or by car) that get the action going, but in the end, we love it when our hero or heroine displays the wit and humor needed to prevail.
I have some great selections this week that should get kids' pulses racing and put their imaginations into overdrive. These are books kids won't want to put down, so be prepared for some late night reading!
Title: Spy School
Author: Stuart Gibbs
Target: Grades 4-8
What this book is about:
Ben Ripley is thrilled and amazed when he is recruited for the C.I.A’s Academy of Espionage, a school for spies in training. However, when he gets there he knows something is off. Turns out he wasn’t recruited as a student but as a plant to help catch a mole in the school. Is he up to the task, or will he just be a victim in a bigger plot?
Why I love this book:
This book is a great ride and an exciting mystery. There are surprises at every turn and the suspense is kept up until the very end when the mole is exposed. The best review I can give it is that my son couldn’t put it down!
Ben is a well-written character who manages this crazy situation with humor and tenacity. There is a lot of great play on the James Bond concept of spies, and Ben’s goofiness just adds a refreshing humor to the story.
Who this book is for:
Kids who like action, adventure, with some humor thrown in. It is also a good mystery and I think the reader will be surprised by the whodunit.
Great book cover, I just love it when publishers get it right!
To see my full selection of adventure books, visit my blog at www.onegreatbook.com