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Children's LiteratureThis title takes Max Remy, new member of Spy Force, and her best friend, Linden, into the training of young spies. Hoping to impress Alex Crane, the spy Max most admires, Max finds herself making mistake after mistake in basic training. And it does not help that Alex has been put in charge of Max and Linden's training. Max despairs of ever impressing Alex, and when she and Linden are asked to attend the Annual Spy Awards, Max's hopes for redemption are again crushed when she finds out that her role is little more than waitress to the elder spies. However, all of the Spy Force is unaware that the evil Mr. Blue has wicked plans in store for the Spy Force. It falls to Max to figure out the nightmare vortex and to save Alex from Blue's clutches. This will probably be a fun read for most younger readers, but its believability factor is seriously lacking. I suspect that more able readers will quickly leave this series behind for the "Spy High" series or the "Alex Rider" mysteries, which combine more realistic characters with an engaging story, which this one lacks because so many of its technological premises cannot be taken seriously. 2005, A Paul Wiseman Book/Simon & Schuster, Ages 8 to 12.
—Jean Boreen, Ph.D.