The Lightning Opal by Eileen O’Hely
Published by Walker Books
As far as secret agent stories go, The Lightning Opal (Mission Two in the Kitten Kaboodle series), has * the whole kit and caboodle: a dangerous mission, opposing covert organisations, clever gadgets, a Chief, a beautiful offsider, an exotic location and an evil plan for world domination to foil. Working undercover for the CAT (Clandestine Activity Taskforce), Kitten Kaboodle, assisted by the formidable Delilah and inventive McGeek, must prevent the canine operatives working for the DOG (Disaster Organisation Group) from turning their leader, Rasputin, into the most powerful creature ever.
Best suited for seven to ten year old readers, The Lightning Opal has 143 pages with ten short chapters and appropriately engaging black and white illustrations. The story is action- packed and fast-paced. An attack on the CAT headquarters, a hair-raising journey to Lightning Ridge, a giant dinosaur skeleton made entirely of opal, an encounter with a monstrous Rasputinosaurus and a heart-stopping conclusion will leave young readers wanting more. Luckily, on the very last page, the Chief reveals that he needs ‘all paws on deck’ for a new mission.
* “the whole kit and caboodle” is a phrase that means everything and more.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Eileen O’Hely
Illustrator: Heath McKenzie
Title: The Lightning Opal by Eileen O’Hely
Publisher: Walker Books
Published: August 2014