Thursday, November 27, 2014

Shelf Life [kids]

Spy SchoolSpy School by Stuart Gibbs, 290 pages.
@ SPL:  J FIC Gibbs

The sleepy-looking old building deep in the heart of the City of Washington, D.C. gave no clue as to what was happening inside. Student Ben Ripley, newly recruited to the Spy School (and hoping someday to become a secret agent), was about to find out.

From his first moment at the school, Ben realized that he had to be always on the alert. He had to think carefully about who he could and could not trust. Intrigue, mystery and danger were around every corner – in fact, Ben was attacked by a ruthless assassin on his first night in the dormitory.

It didn’t help that Ben was rather awkward and a little accident-prone – which aren’t generally considered to be undercover agent characteristics. However, Ben’s math and science skills were top-notch, and by the time everyone realized that his recruitment to the school was based on a case of mistaken identity, he was determined to stay and succeed … if he could survive all the attempts being made on his life!

As Ben tried to learn the identity of his would-be assassin, he discovered something even more serious: buried beneath the school was a bomb!

For those who enjoy an action-filled mystery/adventure story filled with twists and turns, along with a generous dose of humour, Stuart Gibbs’ book would be an excellent choice.

** Recommended for ages 10 to 13 years.

Treasure HuntersThe Treasure Hunters by James Patterson, 451 pages.
@ SPL:  J FIC Patte

The four Kidd children are experts in navigation, sailing, scuba diving and karate because they have been homeschooled by their famous parents, who are professional treasure-hunters.

However, both parents are now missing. The children decide to continue the treasure-hunting business for now, using their parents’ ship, called “The Lost”.  

When they sail to New York City to resume their parents’ latest undertaking, the children experience an action-filled journey as a rival treasure-hunter proves just how ruthless the competition can be in the world of treasure-hunting. The rival sends a boat of fiendish pirates, some evil scuba ninjas and an endless list of other enemies to attack the children and their ship.
Working together and using their many skills, the children are able to overcome the attacks while unravelling some cryptic clues to find out what has really happened to their parents.

The non-stop action and entertainment in this absorbing, suspenseful and “over the top” sea adventure are continued in a second book about the Kidd children, entitled Danger Down the Nile.

** Recommended for ages 8 to 12 years.
This review appears in the Stratford Gazette. Written by Sally Hengeveld, Librarian.


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