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May 27 2014

EJ Spy School series by Susannah McFarlane

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Ill. by Dyani Stagg. Scholastic, 2014.
Secret Spy Bk 3. ISBN: 9781921931635.
Puppy Alert Bk 4. ISBN: 9781921931628 .
For readers from 6-8 years of age. Secret Agents, Spies, Friends. Susannah McFarlane's new EJ Spy School series introduces the reader to Emma Jack's beginning her training to become an agent. These emergent novels use age appropriate words, short chapters, a larger font size, simple concepts and plot, and build confidence in children making the transition from picture to chapter books.
In Secret Spy Emma learns how to use her new spy tools, a robotic butterfly cam, flying skateboard and a special lunchbox with a dial to choose sandwich flavours. Puppy Alert Emma begins to develop her code-cracking skills and test her abilities to rescue puppies for the animal training centre.
Dyani Stagg's cartoon style illustrations complement the text and bring EJ10 to life. The website has fun activities, games and additional stories.
This series is a great introduction to the much loved character EJ12.
Rhyllis Bignell

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