The Academy (Steel Trapp Series #2)

The Academy (Steel Trapp Series #2)

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by Ridley Pearson, William Dufris
     
 

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Steven "Steel" Trapp has been placed in an East Coast boarding school for gifted kids by his FBI agent father. He soon discovers that there's a clubby element of the faculty and upper classmen that is very secretive and protective. To his surprise, his friend Kaileigh arrives at the school, and it isn't long before the two realize that this is not your normal boarding

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Steven "Steel" Trapp has been placed in an East Coast boarding school for gifted kids by his FBI agent father. He soon discovers that there's a clubby element of the faculty and upper classmen that is very secretive and protective. To his surprise, his friend Kaileigh arrives at the school, and it isn't long before the two realize that this is not your normal boarding school. It seems a select few students are recruited, while still minors, to serve as special "translators" for the US Government. People-including diplomats and dignitaries-will say things around kids that they wouldn't otherwise dare speak outside of embassies. The willing student "agent" takes a semester abroad and ends up spying for his country.

But there are dark forces at play at the school. Foreign agents may have penetrated the school's secrecy and have sleepers in place: kids spying on future kid spies. There is conspiracy and competition among the elite faculty that threaten security. As Steel and Kaileigh are recruited for their first test run-trying to break a ring of pickpockets in a Boston hotel-things go impossibly wrong. Betrayal and conspiracy cloud what should have been a straightforward assignment. And all too soon, their very lives are in danger.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jennifer Lehmann
Steven "Steel" Trapp understands why his father, who has recently told Steel about his undercover work with the FBI, wants him to go to Wynncliff Academy. Wynncliff is a competitive private school with high standards for its students, and here Steel's detailed photographic memory will be an asset, not a freakish curse. But Steel does not understand why his father pulled strings to get his best friend Kaileigh accepted without telling him. And the group of upperclassmen being secretly trained to use blow darts in the gym does not make sense either. Things at Wynncliff are not all as they appear. With Steel's memory, Kaileigh's street smarts and keen sensibilities, and the help of a few new friends, the two find themselves thrown further into the secrets of the Academy than they ever imagined. Meanwhile, Brian Taddler and a group of homeless boys under the care of Mrs. D are working on the most important heist of their lives. The stories combine with twists and turns that keep the plot moving and the pages flipping. Aside from a few discrepancies, the characters are developed believably and endearingly. Steel and Brian's stories alternate, keeping the action fast-paced while peeling away the layers of intrigue. While there is a predecessor in the "Steel Trapp" series, this stands on its own quite well. Hints of Ender's Game, Oliver Twist, and a juvenile James Bond will attract a variety of readers and draw them to the rest of the series. Reviewer: Jennifer Lehmann

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781469232867
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
11/20/2012
Series:
Steel Trapp Series, #2
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range:
9 - 11 Years

Meet the Author

Ridley Pearson is the author of more than two dozen novels, including the New York Times bestsellers Killer Summer, Killer View and Killer Weekend, the bestselling Lou Boldt crime series, and many books for young readers. He lives with his wife and two daughters, dividing his time between St. Louis, Missouri, and Hailey, Idaho.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
St. Louis, Missouri
Date of Birth:
March 13, 1953
Place of Birth:
Glen Cove, New York
Education:
Kansas University, B.A., Brown University
Website:
http://www.ridleypearson.com/

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The Academy (Steel Trapp Series #2) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series and Ridley Pearson. But is there a sequel? And to those of you who constantly post rubbish instead of real reviews, STOP IT RIGHT NOW! IT SERIOUSLY GETS MEGA ANOYING! I HOPE THAT YOU REALIZE THAT SEVEN YEAR OLD AND POSSIBLY YOUNGER HAVE NOOKS AND DO NOT NEED TO BE INTRODUCED TO THIS RUBBISH THAT YOUNG!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love these books they make it hard to put the book down onc you start reading
Ethan Knecht More than 1 year ago
A really wonderful book. Read it! I really hope there is a sequel...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When is this book coming out on paperback?  I've got all your books on paperback for my grandson, and I'd like to keep the set going.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cannot give my info out for some reasons but I meet the standards.
chika craft More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wanna learn to shapeshift!!! It will be reall cool!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm sorry but your application has been rejected. Simply because you are probably an alien. Please try again next year (but really don't). From the Directer of the school. Oh and if you liked this book this book you should read this other series, the first book is called I'd tell you I love you but then I'd have to kill you, by some author. So yah. Im not allowed to give out any personal info for... reasons but I can tell you I may or may not be in the same grade as you. Maybe.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yes, you can enroll. 7rh grade is the first result! -Miss Allister
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Can I enroll? I have brown hair a little longer than my shoulders and brown eyes. I have braces. Some scratches on my arms and legs from rabbits and some other things. Im really good in reading, like collage level. I love animals and have a lot of pets. Im in 7th grade. Im a little over five feet tall. (Im like this in real life except Im going to be in seventh grade when school starts again.) I know this doesnt matter, but I just want to say it. I raise and show two breeds of exotic chickens in the fair. They aways seem to get blue ribbons and, once, I even almost got best in class. I also show rabbits, explaining the scratches. Fluffy rabbits! In fact, one of them had babies two days ago. I have said more than enough. So, like my opening question said, can I enroll in the academy? By the way, if I am sounding sufisticated, Im not sufisticated.