Secret Agents Strike Back

Secret Agents Strike Back

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by Robyn Freedman Spizman, Mark Johnston
     
 

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Remember Kyle Parker? He's that kid who started the Secret Agents a few summers ago to help out his dad, and now he's back for a new adventure.
Remember Lucinda Winston? Super cute, practically a genius, and completely in love with oblivious Kyle? Well, now she has a problem--a BIG problem.
Or rather, her mom has a problem.
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Overview

Remember Kyle Parker? He's that kid who started the Secret Agents a few summers ago to help out his dad, and now he's back for a new adventure.
Remember Lucinda Winston? Super cute, practically a genius, and completely in love with oblivious Kyle? Well, now she has a problem--a BIG problem.
Or rather, her mom has a problem.
See, Lucinda's mom is this totally brilliant biology professor at NYU. But something happened to Professor Winston twenty-three years ago, and now it's come back to haunt her. Lucinda's mom is suddenly so scared that she's ready to take her family and leave New York City forever. Only Kyle can't let that happen. Not when he's finally realized how cool Lucinda is, and especially not when such a perfect case for the Secret Agents falls into his lap...
The Secret Agents Strike Back is the second book from Robyn Freedman Spizman and Mark Johnston about Kyle Parker and his gang of undercover friends.
Filled with adventure, danger, and the sights, sounds, and smells of New York City, this is the book for anyone willing to do whatever it takes to help a friend.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Leslie Rounds
In the sequel to "Secret Agents," New York City high school students Kyle Parker and Lucinda Winston again join forces with their sleuthing friends. Lucinda's mother, a biology professor at NYU, has decided to leave her position and find a job in another city. It's clear that she feels threatened by someone; the secret agents are determined to find out who the threat could be. They quickly realize that another professor, the slimy and egotistical Harry Templeton, stole Professor Winston's brilliant graduate school research many years ago and has promoted it as his own. Can the secret agents find a way to reveal Templeton's unsavory secret in time to save Professor Winston's career? Of nearly equal importance, can Kyle deal with his newfound love of Lucinda? And what does Lucinda think about that? Action moves forward at a breathless pace. The writing style is a bit unusual, with the authors frequently, directly, and conversationally addressing readers. For example: "So okay. So I'm stalling. I'm going on and on because I'm trying to put off telling you what happened next." Some readers may find this dialogue between themselves and the authors a little annoying. Libraries that own "Secret Agents" or those that need to increase their mystery collections may wish to purchase this rather average book. Reviewer: Leslie Rounds
School Library Journal

Gr 5-8
In this sequel to Secret Agent (S & S, 2005), Kyle Parker, a teen who pulled together a small group of friends to solve mysteries, has a crush on one of them, Lucinda Wilson. Her mother, a molecular biology professor at New York University, has decided to move her family to Atlanta, under mysterious circumstances that involve something that happened to her when she was a graduate student 23 years ago. Kyle, Lucinda, and the rest of the Secret Agents find out that Ms. Wilson never finished her dissertation, despite her position at the university. They learn that she discovered a potential cure for cancer, information she had used in her dissertation, which was then stolen by her professor at that time to enhance his own career. Kyle, Lucinda, and the other Secret Agents embark on a series of adventures throughout New York City in an effort to trick the culprit into publicly admitting what he had done and rectify the situation before it is too late. This is a lighthearted adventure filled with quirky characters such as a teenage boy with a gift for singing opera and a famous romance novelist who writes under a female pseudonym. The book is fast paced, and each chapter ends with a hook that should keep reluctant readers eager to continue. It should appeal to children who enjoy mysteries with a bit of slapstick humor thrown in.
—Donna AtmurCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
Kyle Parker and the rest of the secret agents return for another adventure. Last time out, they got Kyle's dad's book published, but Kyle and friends couldn't save his parents' marriage. This time, a secret in Lucinda's mother's past threatens to force the family to move to Atlanta. After dealing with a few boy/girl issues, the agents first ferret out the secret (Mom's dissertation was stolen by evil Harry Templeton who built his career on it for 23 years) and then trick the villain into confessing on tape. Home-Economics guru Spizman and English teacher Johnston have brought back all the caricatured characters from their first. Also making a return is the annoying, omniscient narrator who speaks like an espresso-swilling 'tween with ADHD. There are moments of great conclusion-leaping, some breaking and entering and a few laughs. The kids act more like sixth-graders than high-schoolers. However, like last time, the adventure is fun, so fans may be pleased. But they will be the only ones. (Fiction. 9-12)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416900863
Publisher:
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
01/01/2008
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Robyn Freedman Spizman is an award-winning author and a nationally known media personality and consumer advocate. She has appeared for the past two decades on television and radio, and is considered a leading product-and-gift expert. To learn more about her go to www.robynsipizman.com. Robyn lives with her husband in Atlanta, Georgia, and they have two children, Justin and Ali. Secret Agent is her middle-grade fiction debut.

Mark Johnston teaches English in Greenville, South Carolina, where he lives with his wife. Secret Agent is his first novel.

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