EJ Spy School: Secret Spy By Susannah McFarlane
Published by Scholastic Australia
Emma Jacks has a secret, she is really Agent EJ10 and she is learning to be a spy at the Shine Spy School. One day during her training, her watch beeps. She whispers the secret word and the doors to the super-secret academy slide open.
Inside she meets A1, the head of Shine, and Professor IQ400. The Professor has a few gadgets she wants to run EJ10 through, including a Spy Lunch Maker lunch box and a banana with a hidden camera. But that’s not all, they give her a tiny key ring that has a skate board on it, which just so happens it can become a full sized hover board when needed.
When a situation arises, EJ10 gets her chance to try out the new gadgets. A butterfly camera in Green Park has been disabled and EJ10’s mission is to retrieve it. There’s just one problem, when she gets there, the butterfly camera is sitting on a scared kitty cat, who is stuck up a tree.
EJ10 must keep her wits about her, to try to coax the kitty cat down, but the cat is too scared. That is until EJ10 remembers her spy lunch maker. She orders up a tuna sandwich and the cat comes closer. EJ10 recovers the butterfly cam, but not without seeing something curious on the cat’s collar.
When EJ10 returns to the lab, she questions A1 and Professor IQ400 about the name Shadow on the cat’s collar. They reveal that Shadow is a shady organisation that Shine Spy School has vowed to stop.
Looks like EJ10 will have her work cut out for her.
This was a fun early chapter book, with a great girl character. Like all great spy stories for this age group, there were loads of pictures displaying the awesome gadgets and gizmos which I am sure kids will love. I love that as the story unfolds, Emma gets to use her cool gadgets to solve the problem.
I believe this will be a great starter series for reluctant and confident readers aged 6-8. I am a huge fan of spy stories and I am certainly keen to read more in this very cute and smart series.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Susannah McFarlane
Title: EJ Spy School: Secret Spy By Susannah McFarlane
Publisher: Scholastic Australia
Published: May 2014