Double Vision (Double Vision Series #1)

Double Vision (Double Vision Series #1)

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by F. T. Bradley
     
 

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Fans of 39 Clues and Artemis Fowl will enjoy the fun, fresh thrill ride through this humorous, action-packed adventure from debut author F. T. Bradley.

In the trilogy opener, twelve-year-old Lincoln Baker finds himself in a world of trouble! First, Linc’s seemingly harmless prank on a school field trip ends in expulsion and a lawsuit. Then two

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Fans of 39 Clues and Artemis Fowl will enjoy the fun, fresh thrill ride through this humorous, action-packed adventure from debut author F. T. Bradley.

In the trilogy opener, twelve-year-old Lincoln Baker finds himself in a world of trouble! First, Linc’s seemingly harmless prank on a school field trip ends in expulsion and a lawsuit. Then two mysterious figures from a secret government agency called Pandora show up at Linc’s house with a proposition for him.

Turns out Linc looks exactly like one of Pandora’s top kid agents, Benjamin Green, who vanished while on a critical spy mission in Paris. If Linc agrees to take his place, they’ll get him back in school and make that costly lawsuit disappear.

But the mission is a lot more complicated than it seems. A highly valuable copy of the Mona Lisa has gone missing and now Linc must make sure it doesn’t fall into the wrong hands. Too bad Linc isn’t a black belt math genius who can run a four-minute mile like his double, Ben, because he’ll need those skills to make it out alive. . . .

Editorial Reviews

Horn Book Magazine
“A great voice, with a good heart, some self-awareness, and a funny style.”
Jack D. Ferraiolo
“Lincoln Baker is an awesome main character: savvy, funny, and like a young James Bond, he can’t resist the chance to start some trouble. Give him a mystery to solve, stick him in Paris, arm him with gadgets, and watch stuff go boom.”
Children's Literature - Sarah Raymond
Move over "Hardy Boys" because there is a new mystery solving team on the rise. Twelve-year-old Lincoln Baker is not the typical super agent. He likes to joke around and he has a tendency to get in trouble especially while on school field trips. It is this tendency to get in trouble that leads two government agents to his front door. After watching a Youtube video of Lincoln freeing a number of chickens while on a class field trip, Agent Stark and Agent Fullerton realize that Lincoln looks just like their missing agent Benjamin Green. In order to avoid a million dollar law suit and an expulsion from school, Lincoln agrees to play the part of Benjamin Green. He is whisked away to Paris where he needs to play the part of Benjamin Green for a simple trade. The problem is that there is a lot more going on than meets the eye. He ends up running through the streets of Paris going to various landmarks such as the Arc de Triomphe, Montmartre, and the Louvre. The goal is to decipher the codes and find the "evil" copy of the Mona Lisa. The novel is similar to Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code but with a twelve year old protagonist. There are just as many twists and turns in the plot that leaves the reader wondering who are the good guys and who are the bad guys. The protagonist is easy to like and is relatable as he is open and honest with the reader. The entire story is riddled with foreshadowing and action to entice the reader to read on. We are also left with the knowledge that this is only the beginning of a series of adventures where Lincoln Baker and Benjamin Green team up to solve mysteries and stop crime. Reviewer: Sarah Raymond
School Library Journal
Gr 5–7—After a disastrous class field trip to a farm where he releases all the chickens, 12-year-old Lincoln Baker is suspended indefinitely from Lompoc Middle School. On top of that, his folks are being sued for "chicken farm damages." A secret government organization shows up at his home offering a chance to make all his troubles disappear. It turns out that Linc is an exact double for their top kid agent, who has gone missing, and all Linc has to do to make everything right is fill in for him at a vital exchange. The story moves quickly from there with some witty prose and enjoyable characters. While spy novels ask readers to suspend disbelief, this plot contains more than the usual preposterous situations and unlikely scenarios. Linc is immediately thrown into danger with minimal preparation and training. The adult agents offer very little guidance and generally treat him with borderline disdain. He is sent from his home in California to Paris unsupervised with zero backup, and everyone is upset when the exchange fails. Despite this, Linc's persistence and ability to cause chaos eventually win the day and all's well that ends well. This thriller is reminiscent of a Disney Channel take on the kid superspy, in which the adults are basically nonentities and the children win through sheer luck or fantastic happenstance.—Erik Knapp, Davis Library, Plano, TX
Kirkus Reviews
A middle school troublemaker turns secret agent. After a disastrous field trip, Linc Baker is offered an opportunity to make things right for himself and his family. In order to make their legal problems disappear, Linc must travel halfway around the world and impersonate a look-alike secret agent. Unfortunately, the agent he has to pretend to be is none other than Benjamin Green, junior operative extraordinaire. Almost from the moment his plane touches down in Paris, everything becomes a lot more complicated. Doppelgangers abound in the form of double agents and a set of secret, and possibly evil, Leonardo da Vinci paintings. If Linc can just see past his double vision, he might be able to protect his family from financial ruin and save the world along the way. Focusing as much on what it claims not to be (a rehash of Percy Jackson or Spider-Man) as what it is (a watered-down Alex Rider), this first installment in what hints to be a new series suffers from a lack of originality, not to mention believability. Its sole strength is Linc. His self-professed laziness and bumbling, good-natured manner might be enough to keep this story fresh. Strong character. Weak premise. (Adventure. 8-12)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062104380
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/15/2013
Series:
Double Vision Series, #1
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
623,328
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile:
630L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

F. T. Bradley is originally from the Netherlands and still likes to travel, like Linc, whenever she gets a chance. She lives in Mississippi with her husband and two daughters. This is the third book in her trilogy about Lincoln Baker and Ben Green.

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ACS_Book_Blogger More than 1 year ago
Lincoln Baker is a 12-year old boy who seems to stay in trouble on a daily basis. Linc is a jokester whose antics finally catch up with him on a school field trip. Their teacher, Mrs. Valdez has made arrangements for her class to take a tour of a chicken farm. Only one restriction, Farmer Johnson does not want the students to go anywhere near the barns where the chickens are housed. Well, Linc just can’t resist and encouraged by his friends, he puts his plan in motion. Problem…Linc ends up letting all the chickens out of the barn. Farmer Johnson is furious and hires a lawyer to sue Linc’s parents for the cost of damages to the chickens and the farm. Linc’s parents are your normal, middle-class family and certainly can’t afford a million dollar lawsuit. They are still recovering from Linc’s last trouble. When some government agents show up on Linc’s doorstep offering a way to make the lawsuit disappear, Linc says yes and the government agents convince his parents to send him to “reform camp for trouble makers.” Turns out that these secret agents need Linc’s help because he looks exactly like one of the junior spies, Benjamin Green, who has gone missing. They need Linc to recover a package that could threaten national security. Linc is suddenly thrown into the world of espionage and travels to France for a meeting that the real Junior Agent Benjamin Green was supposed to keep. While Linc may look like Benjamin Greene, he is definitely not a secret agent. Along the way, Linc must use his own special “jokester” skills to avoid capture and meets some very interesting people. With the help of a young girl named Francoise, Linc works to recover the package and solve the mystery of the missing Benjamin Green. This was a really good read. While targeted for the age group of 8-12, I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was fast pace without losing the reader and I thought the antics of the main character were very much in line with what a lot of 12-year olds might actually try. Apparently this is the first book in a triology, and I look forward to reading the other two books. I easily recommend this book! DISCLOSURE: We received a complimentary copy in exchange for our honest review. Opinions expressed are solely those of the reviewer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Asand More than 1 year ago
Mom's Thoughts: Yes this is an children's book but I found myself loving it as well!  I would read it out loud to the boys and I would get quiet for a little bit, and then, Conner  would say, " Mom! Stop reading ahead!"  He was right, too!  I was reading ahead! The excitement level is very high in this book and it will keep you on your toes.  Linc is a wonderful, mischievous, interesting young boy that every child could relate to, especially my twins.  He tends to get in trouble because of his class clown status and the fact that he is very curious.  I swear the incident with the chickens (both times) had all of us ( even DAD) cracking up.  I even seen Conner's eyes twinkle with ideas; so I am definitely not taking him around any chickens anytime soon.  But besides all the comedy and interesting exploits Linc tends to make; there is a lot of mystery in this book.  That is what kept me so enthralled!  It made me think of Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code only because of all the clues, puzzles, and tricks the characters needed to solve.  In Double Vision, Linc is steady trying to figure out different clues and different puzzles that are taking him around France, trying to get a very special person's father back.  This character is my girl!  I loved her and I think just including her in this story makes Double Vision fun for girls, boys, and adults too!  I loved the character development in the story and I love all the interesting people Linc meets that help him and yet sometimes hinder him too.  This book is packed full of action and it truly is hard to only read a few chapters every night.  I also had a very hard time not sneaking back and reading the whole book without my boys!  I would definitely have to give Double Vision five stars!   *****
ThinkBannedThoughts More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading Double Vision to my daughters (ages 8 and 6) We had a blast reading this book. Every night when it was time to close the cover they'd both whine and beg for one more chapter. I finally learned to close the book one chapter early so I could say yes to their request for more. Linc is a great character - we all loved watching him go from having "Linc Disasters" that nearly ruined his life, to creating "Linc Disasters" that saved his skin. Francoise and Henry were great sidekicks. As the mother of 2 daughters, I always love seeing fiesty, intelligent girls on the page! And Henry is the perfect geek - We loved his Benjamin Green fanboy start and his Agent Q like knack for inventing spy gadgets. Double Vision combined the best of James Bond, the Da Vinci Code and pitch perfect kid voice and feel. There was enough danger to keep the tension high, and just enough violence to keep it real. Actions had consequences, and those consequences just brought the tension higher as we wondered how Linc would wiggle his way out of his latest mess. The humor in the book is spot on and had my girls giggling more than a few times. While this book is definitely a "boy book" - my daughters still really enjoyed it. They loved the action, the mystery, the code breaking and the edge-of-your-seat adventures. My kids also loved the Paris backdrop. It's a place that has been on our "to see" list for a couple of years now, and my kids have made me promise that when we go we'll bring Double Vision with us and read it again. They're planning a Double Vision tour of Paris, with lots of stops for pastries!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago