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Thicker Than Water (A School for Spies Novel Book 2) by [Bruce Hale, Brandon Dorman]

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From School Library Journal

Gr 4–7—In this follow-up to Playing with Fire (Disney-Hyperion, 2013), Max Segredo and his crew at the Merry Sunshine Orphanage (aka the School for S.P.I.E.S.) are battling against the evil LOTUS operation, which is trying to shut them down. When the S.P.I.E.S. are hired by a mysterious billionaire to steal a mind-control device, it may be their only hope of saving the school. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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PRAISE FOR PLAYING WITH FIRE
"The book has nonstop action, clear detailed descriptions, and a plot that's easy to follow. . . . a good introduction to the genre." "School Library Journal""

Internal dissension, security leaks and attacks from a much larger rival add up to disaster for the orphanage-cum spy school introduced in Playing with Fire (2013). The Merry Sunshine Orphanage, now the school for Systematic Protection, Intelligence & Espionage Services, can't catch a break. Money is tight, a nosy inspector from the Ministry of Health is threatening to close the facility down, and LOTUS, the school's huge and well-heeled nemesis, is somehow finding out about and spoiling every mission. The prospect of more foster-home misery is downer for lead spy kid Max, but that's not all. He's not only subject to constant put-downs from bullying schoolmate Nikki, but also tortured by conflicting feelings for his father, a spy who disappeared years ago but is now repeatedly popping into view at inconvenient times to deliver vague pleas or warnings. Hale is usually good at keeping things light, but here, the banter just comes off as bickering, and the jokes fall flat. So is the plot, which strings together lengthy chases with labored Mission Impossible style exploits, features a "mole" whose identity is obvious from the outset and ends with a cliffhanger that doesn't feel earned. Where's Chet Gecko when you need him? Joyless, juiceless, predictable. (Thriller. 11-13) Kirkus"

PRAISE FOR PLAYING WITH FIRE
"Hale threads the narrative with colorful metaphors and throwaway lines and festoons it with high- and low-tech tools of spycraft. One character's sudden murder aside, the tone is mostly light, with family issues and conflicting loyalties (driven by troubling revelations about Max's dad) for added texture.This lightweight kid-spy romp should find some eager readers." "Kirkus Reviews""

This very quiet picture book speaks to little ones who know the unsettling experience of being the only one awake in the night. Chengdu, a chunky young In Max Segredo's series debut (Playing with Fire, BCCB 7/13), the teen had risen to be a promising spy at the Merry Sunshine Orphanage, a school for the S.P.I.E.S. organization, and discovered that his thought-to-be-dead father was still alive but working for the enemy, LOTUS. Max opens Book Two in a state of disillusionment with dear old Dad, but with a strong commitment to S.P.I.E.S. and its director, Hantai Annie; he's totally onboard with their new assignment to steal an electro- neuromanipulator before it's offered on public auction or, worse, falls into the evil clutches of LOTUS. While the squabbling orphans and their teachers put together a plan, the Health Ministry is investigating the program for safety and general orphan well-being, Mr. Segredo is trying to reclaim his son's loyalty, a gorgeous new student has Max moon-eyed, and Hantai Annie has issued Max a suspicious order to turn traitor if captured by LOTUS. This entry boasts a generous balance of droll narration, comedic dialogue, and racing action, and it's also clearly a set-up for the dysfunctional Segredo family storyline to expand. Hale somewhat glosses over the brainwashing device that is central to the plot at hand, but he does drop some tantalizing clues regarding Max's mother (who may turn out to be as not-dead as his father), and another fractured family spat within LOTUS should certainly prove entertaining in Volume Three. Stay tuned. EB BCCB"

Gr 4-7-In this follow-up to Playing with Fire (Disney-Hyperion, 2013), Max Segredo and his crew at the Merry Sunshine Orphanage (aka the School for S.P.I.E.S.) are battling against the evil LOTUS operation, which is trying to shut them down. When the S.P.I.E.S are hired by a mysterious billionaire to steal a mind-control device, it may be their only hope of saving the school. SLJ"

PRAISE FOR PLAYING WITH FIRE
"The book has nonstop action, clear detailed descriptions, and a plot that's easy to follow. . . . a good introduction to the genre." "School Library Journal""

PRAISE FOR PLAYING WITH FIRE

"Hale threads the narrative with colorful metaphors and throwaway lines and festoons it with high- and low-tech tools of spycraft. One character's sudden murder aside, the tone is mostly light, with family issues and conflicting loyalties (driven by troubling revelations about Max's dad) for added texture.This lightweight kid-spy romp should find some eager readers."--Kirkus Reviews

PRAISE FOR PLAYING WITH FIRE

"The book has nonstop action, clear detailed descriptions, and a plot that's easy to follow. . . . a good introduction to the genre." --School Library Journal

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00HVMARDU
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (July 1, 2014)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ July 1, 2014
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 7508 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 352 pages
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