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Ten-year-old Elvis Jones is tired of being picked on, taunted, and teased by the bullies at his elementary school, so he does what any smart, technologically brilliant kid his age would do: he creates EKHO, the Evil Kid Hunting Organization, a sophisticated network of kid spies and secret agents that utilize a variety of cool gadgets to stay one step ahead of the enemy – the bullies. They hire kids, make them swear allegiance to the organization, and train them as Commandos, Privates, and Elite Spies. As kids ...
Ten-year-old Elvis Jones is tired of being picked on, taunted, and teased by the bullies at his elementary school, so he does what any smart, technologically brilliant kid his age would do: he creates EKHO, the Evil Kid Hunting Organization, a sophisticated network of kid spies and secret agents that utilize a variety of cool gadgets to stay one step ahead of the enemy – the bullies. They hire kids, make them swear allegiance to the organization, and train them as Commandos, Privates, and Elite Spies. As kids rise through the ranks, the missions, posted on an encrypted EKHO website, require more smarts and skill, especially when the bullies form their own counterspy group called DEKE (Destroy EKHO Kids Everywhere).
It’s all in good fun, until the kids of EKHO must put their pretend skills to use for far more serious, and dangerous, missions. As field agents come across evidence of more sinister forces, they now have to deal with the strange, weird, and the unknown as they look for the truth about the bizarre and creepy threats to their school, their families, and their own lives. They experience betrayal, intrigue, infiltration and counter-espionage as well as teachers and adults who act more mysterious with each passing day, which leaves Elvis and his EKHO team wondering: who can you trust when the person standing next to you might not be entirely human?
Posted March 1, 2014
There have been a lot of books published lately about bullying but probably none that are as much fun as this. The premise of a 4th grader fighting back against bullies in his school by using his brains and skills with computers and technology to create a James Bond-like anti-bullying spy group is something that anyone who's ever been bullied can identify with and cheer for. Initially, I thought the things the protagonist was managing to do was something of a stretch for someone still in elementary school, but in the afterword, the author states that the book is based on her own son who did pretty much just what the main character did.
The book is set up for a sequel, with some things left unexplained and plot threads still left to follow up, so I would look forward to reading it. The one caveat is that some of the language, in the form of (really relatively mild) schoolyard insults, may be slightly strong for a "Young readers" book, but I suspect it's probably pretty authentic. Still, some stricter parents may find it off-putting.
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Posted February 12, 2014
The Evil Kid Hunting Organization (EKHO) was a really fun and creative read. I especially loved that the author made this a book that young people can identify with. As a teacher, I think that many students would benefit from reading EKHO. There are many topics that are dealt with in this story. Bullying is one of the main and most important topic. I especially loved that each kid had a special talent and they used this talent for a purpose. There are many great elements of Science-Fiction and I couldn’t help think of young boys. Obviously, young girls would also benefit from this book as well. I loved that Elvis and his friends banded together against the bullies. I also loved that Elvis and his friends all had a distinguishing trait-unfortunately these traits made them easy targets. As an educator and a mom, I know that young people would benefit from this story and find it inspiring.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 10, 2014
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EKHO is a entertaining book dealing with a serious problem of bullying by kids to other kids. One kid decides to take action and talked to his friends who got on board. Soon others wanted to join.
They worked together with cool gadgets to record what was going on.
The characters seem like real people and believable situations some kids face every day. Their is also a element of science fiction. These kids are smart, fun, and want to be normal and not bullied. The kids are mostly 4th graders and younger.
The setting is California grade school. The pacing is good and keeps your attention.
The gadgets look like fun and I would love to have them to play with too. Of course I would have to get my kids show me how to work them.
I would read another book about EKHO and find out what else is going on in their school.
This book is aimed at middle school and younger but is fun, full of action and positive that anyone could enjoy it.
I was given this ebook to read and in exchange of a honest review and to be part of its blog tour by Netgalley.
Posted February 5, 2014
As an adult who was bullied in school I could identify with Max and his friends. Wish EKHO existed when I was a kid! Well written, great pace for young readers who may not have their attention held easily. With a great cliffhanger at the end it's leaving me eagerly waiting to find out what happens to the group and why these bullies are acting so strangely!
I've read Marie Jone's non-fiction books and she's made the transition to fiction with great imagination and fluid prose. That she wrote this with her son, who is the inspiration for the series, makes it even more special. This should be a must read for all kids and also for adults! Hoping to see EKHO chapters in all schools in the near future!