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Lookout London
     

Lookout London

by Lisa Thompson, Nathan Jurevicius (Illustrator)
 

The Secret World Adventure Team sends secret agents to England to help try to retrieve a valuable family heirloom.

Overview

The Secret World Adventure Team sends secret agents to England to help try to retrieve a valuable family heirloom.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Judy DaPolito
While Will is searching his room for his other in-line skate, he and Vika find a strange plastic device named Gosic that tells them they have been chosen to be special agents for SWAT, the Secret World Adventure Team. They are to be sent by transporter wristbands to London, England, to help Charles E. Worthington find something important that is missing. One second later, they find themselves on a street near Big Ben and Westminster Abbey listening to a girl with spiked hair berating a younger boy for losing a family heirloom. She orders him to have it back by 6 p.m. or she will tell their father. The boy, of course, is Charles E. Worthington, who tells Will and Vika that he has traded what he thought was a replica of a pendant that had been in his family for centuries for tickets to an important soccer match. Unfortunately, the one he traded was the real one. The three children search the city for the boy Charlie traded with, passing Buckingham Palace, walking through St. James Park, and stopping in the West End theater district, where they learn that the other boy may be at the markets on Portobello Road. They look at bargains and antiques but cannot find the boy, so they take their lunch down to the Thames where Charlie shows them the Houses of Parliament and the Tower of London from their vantage point on Waterloo Bridge. Then they ride the underground to a park where they find the missing boy. Luckily, his brother is angry with him for trading the tickets and he is happy to return the pendant. Charlie's sister is delighted, and Gosic congratulates Will and Vika on a job well done. When they arrive back in Will's room, they almost immediately find the missing skate. The book, whichis part of the "SWAT" series, touches on many landmarks and characteristics of London but does so in a haphazard way that seems unlikely to give its young readers a clear picture of the city. Frequent black- and-white illustrations focus on the children but include drawings and small photographs of London scenes. A brief glossary follows the text.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-While reluctant or struggling readers will love the concept of these books (and what's not to love about secret missions, world travel, and heroism?), they will feel less like accomplices on a whirlwind adventure and more like they are running errands with their parents. Each book begins with a less-than-dynamic duo being chosen by the mysterious SWAT leader, Gosic, to help a native with a problem of varying magnitude. Mission Impossible this is not. The kids have no special abilities that deem them worthy of selection for their particular task and the missions themselves don't live up to the urgency issued in the SWAT instructions. During the course of their journey, the travelers tour well-known landmarks and spout off statistics to one another that only serve to underscore the stereotypes of each country and don't communicate the richness of its landscape or culture. Black-and-white illustrations vary from very stylized (Tokyo) to amateurish (Spain) and do little to convey a sense of place.-H. H. Henderson, Heritage Middle School, Deltona, FL Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781404816725
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
01/01/2006
Series:
Read-It! Chapter Books: SWAT Series
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
540L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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