Wednesday, August 13, 2014

BOOK REVIEW: SECRET AGENT JACK STALWART: THE MISSION TO FIND MAX


SECRET AGENT JACK STALWART:
THE MISSION TO FIND MAX
Elizabeth Singer Hunt
Weinstein Books
2011


Available: paperback, audible, Kindle

Fourth grader Jack Stalwart is spy like his older brother Max who has disappeared. Of course their parents think they are just regular kids. But they aren't. They work for THE GLOBAL PROTECTION FORCE and are sent all over the world on assignments.  When Max disappears, the agency
won't give out any information. Not even about Max's last assignment. This means Jack's on his own if he wants to find Max. The clues lead to him to Egypt and a missing King Tut crown that's rumored to have magical powers. Armed with all sorts of cool spy gadgets, Jack sets off for Africa to find his brother.
This is 13th in the series and is action packed with history and mystery. Up front the book has all sorts of quick reference tools for the reader, much like prompts in a video game. It's not necessary to read them, to enjoy the story, but they add an element of "coolness" to the book. Boys should love the action.


Target audience: grades 4-6
Mystery/ Suspense: fun
Kid appeal: Exciting
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