- Shopping Bag ( 0 items )
Children's LiteratureMax, Linden, and Ella are secretly recruited into Spy Force with all its weird characters, research projects, and quirky gadgets. They are sent on a mission to uncover the secret ingredient in Blue's Foods that will numb children's minds from knowing bad from good. Once inside the company their cover is immediately exposed and two of them end up on the conveyor belt to become part of a choco-toffee-carmel cookie. Linden snaps out of his drug-induced brain and saves them just in the sticky-nicky time. Despite gooey chocolate concoctions, rude one-liners, cool spy gadgets, and fast-clipped action, the story does not have much of a plot or endearing characters. Max is rude, thinks only of herself, and instead of being grateful that Linden saves them and captures the villainous Blue, she is angry. As a spy she does not want to wear her disguise, she is not quiet nor discreet, and instead of working as a team, she is jealous of Linden's and Ella's friendship. Max is not a likeable character but readers may identify with her and see the obvious: that if she really wants friends, she needs to be one. This book could be used for a group discussion about how kids feel insecure and become defensive, thereby turning friends away. If children like this story, there are several more missions in the "Spy Force" series. 2005, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Ages 8 to 12.
—Janet L. Rose