Owen Foote, Super Spy

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Owen Foote has a new obsession: spying. He thinks that secretly watching people is the coolest thing in the world. But eavesdropping on his dad talking with a neighbor about lawn care is getting a little boring. Owen is ready for bigger challenges, and he has already selected his next target: Mr. Mahoney, his school principal. It’s going to be the ultimate spy test. Cloaked in camouflage and prepared to Duck or Die, Owen and his friends embark on their covert assignment. It will...

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Overview

Owen Foote has a new obsession: spying. He thinks that secretly watching people is the coolest thing in the world. But eavesdropping on his dad talking with a neighbor about lawn care is getting a little boring. Owen is ready for bigger challenges, and he has already selected his next target: Mr. Mahoney, his school principal. It’s going to be the ultimate spy test. Cloaked in camouflage and prepared to Duck or Die, Owen and his friends embark on their covert assignment. It will be Owen’s most daring adventure yet.

Fast-paced and funny, Owen’s latest enterprise has all the insightful humor and character appeal that make this series a sure bet for young readers.

Owen and his friends decide that spying on the school principal at his own house will be a fun challenge.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The irrepressible Owen is back in Stephanie Greene's Owen Foote, Super Spy, illus. by Martha Weston. In this sequel to Owen Foote, Soccer Star, Owen's investigative pursuits are pushed to the limit when he sets his sights on Principal Mahoney. ( Oct.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Owen Foote is back, this time with his father's borrowed boxer shorts, painted in army-camouflage colors, bedecking his scheme-filled head. Owen and his best friend, Joseph, are now accomplished spies, who have graduated from spying on their parents and neighbors to the ultimate spy mission of all time¾spying on none other than Mr. Mahoney, their no-nonsense, ex-marine school principal. As always, Greene provides zany humor on every page (Owen's "Duck or Die" may well become the next game craze to sweep the nation). She also leads Owen in a non-heavy-handed way to an important realization after he has been caught spying, most embarrassingly, by Mr. Mahoney himself¾Either you faced up to things, or you didn't: "If you did, then, whatever it was you had done was over. You could move on." Along the way Greene offers other valuable insights about materialism versus imagination and trust versus betrayal. A splendid addition to this delightful series. 2001, Clarion, $14.00. Ages 7 to 10. Reviewer: Claudia Mills
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-Owen Foote has an active imagination. He loves playing spy, not to mention being head of a team consisting of his main sidekick Joseph; Anthony, a show-off who has a professional camouflage suit complete with boots, canteen, and binoculars; and Ben. Armed with Ben's brothers' walkie-talkies and with Morse code signals, including one for "I have to go to the bathroom," that are delivered via blinks of the eye, they spy on the school principal at his house. As a result, of course, life lessons are learned. Youngsters will love this book for the sheer fun and intrigue. Boys, especially, will appreciate the stuff they consider important and unimportant, like an annoying older sister. Chapters are fluid and just the right length, with well-developed characters, hushed moments, and cliff-hanger endings. The black-and-white illustrations are few, but always in the right spot. The detail is exceptional and the facial expressions, priceless. Enjoyable independently, this title is also an amusing read-aloud.-Wanda Meyers-Hines, Ridgecrest Elementary, Huntsville, AL Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
If wearing handmade camouflage underwear on your head makes you a great spy, then Owen Foote might just be the next 007, but Owen and his friends discover that maybe there is such as thing as knowing too much. Spying on their families quickly gets boring and they decide to try more difficult and more dangerous missions. The ultimate task of spying on Principal Mahoney, an ex-marine, seems like the most dangerous mission yet and they find out getting caught can be one of the worst things to happen to a spy. This latest volume in the Owen Foote series will entertain young readers with its humor and creativity. Simple line illustrations of the camouflage disguise, the eye-blinking code, and an exciting chase scene add to the hilarity of Owen's adventures. A lighthearted spirit and smart dialogue will keep young readers chanting for more of this funny fellow, even if they do end up wearing underwear on their heads. (Fiction. 7-10)
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Youngsters will love this book for the sheer fun and intrigue. Boys, especially, will appreciate the stuff they consider important and unimportant, like an annoying older sister. Chapters are fluid and just the right length, with well-developed characters, hushed moments, and cliff-hanger endings.
School Library Journal

"A lighthearted spirit and smart dialogue will keep young readers chanting for more of this funny fellow Kirkus Reviews

Greene has a light humorous touch and one of the surest senses in the business of the inner workings of nine-year-old boys.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618551590
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 6/1/2005
  • Edition description: None
  • Pages: 98
  • Sales rank: 539,643
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.23 (d)

Meet the Author

Martha Weston was the author and illustrator of two charming picture books about Tuck, as well as the illustrator of Clarion's successful Owen Foote books by Stephanie Greene. Martha Weston died in 2003.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2012

    My son and I picked this book up at the library by chance. He h

    My son and I picked this book up at the library by chance. He has a really great sense of humor and laughed all the way through the book. At the time he had also read Flat Stanley, My Weird School Daze, and A-Z Mysteries. When I asked him which series he liked the best, he said "OWEN FOOTE!"

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