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Feb 25 2015

Speedy Spy by Susannah McFarlane

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EJ Spy School. Scholastic Australia, 2015. ISBN 9781921931987
Recommended for readers from 6-8. Susannah McFarlane's series EJ Spy School is a wonderful introduction to chapter books for younger readers. They show a young Emma Jacks training to be a SHINE agent. Speed is the key to this adventure, the SHINE spy school is testing her skills and abilities, there are mazes for her to solve, tests to pass, all timed by the agency.
Every Emma Jacks' adventures begin with a message on her special spy watch, then she rushes off to the girls' toilets at school. In the last cubicle on the right, connects her watch to a special button under the toilet roll holder and is whooshed down the tunnel to the spy school. She learns how to ride a special scooter and reach the pet shop just before a Shadow agent appears. Emma learns the meaning of the phrases - get your skates on and just in time!
This enjoyable series helps build confidence in the young reader with age-appropriate words, interesting themes, short sentences and chapters.
Suitable for beginner and newly confident chapter book readers.
Rhyllis Bignell

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