Secret of Stoneship Woods (Spy Gear Adventures Series #1)

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Team Spy Gear is born...

Jake and Lucas Bixby and their friends Cyril and Lexi are ordinary kids living in the typical suburban community of Carrolton. Nothing ever seems to happen in their town — parents work, and kids go to school, play computer games, and hang out. Normal. Utterly normal.

Until the kids discover an abandoned warehouse smack in the middle of Stoneship ...

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Overview

Team Spy Gear is born...

Jake and Lucas Bixby and their friends Cyril and Lexi are ordinary kids living in the typical suburban community of Carrolton. Nothing ever seems to happen in their town — parents work, and kids go to school, play computer games, and hang out. Normal. Utterly normal.

Until the kids discover an abandoned warehouse smack in the middle of Stoneship Woods. Weird. And it's filled with high-tech surveillance equipment and tons of cool spy gadgets. Now it's really weird.

They're about to open a big fat can of worms.

And about to have the time of their lives.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Meet Team Spy Gear: Jake Bixby, 13, (the leader); brother Lucas, 11, whose gadget obsession comes in handy; Cyril, Jake's best friend and computer geek; and courageous, agile Lexi, the Bixbys' neighbor. Their adventures begin when Lucas convinces them all to explore the infamous Stoneship Woods, reasoning that by demystifying it, they'll stop fearing it. They find an abandoned warehouse, maneuver their way inside . . . and discover a world of high-tech spy equipment! Cyril decodes the computer and locates a satellite surveillance system monitoring the "Farmhouse," a legendary creepy place on the outskirts of town. Decked out in spy accoutrements, the team explores the Farmhouse, locating a suspicious black cable in the pumpkin patch, and meeting friendly hippie dude Marco, who's been renting the house for three weeks. Back at the warehouse, they find photos of Marco at the Farmhouse dating back to 18 months earlier! After further investigation, they deduce that Marco's trying to bring down the entire Internet. Using brains, agility, and sheer nerve, the kids thwart his evil plan. The first in the "Spy Gear Adventures" series, this book is fun for both kids and adults. Borrowing from Lemony Snicket, the author includes himself as a character, and his voice is truly funny: "In the case of the Crush soccer club, 'developmental' meant 'future members of Navy SEAL Team Bravo.'" Since Barba's wit is as sophisticated as it is humorous, this book is recommended for upper middle readers. 2006, Aladdin/Simon & Schuster, Ages 10 to 14.
—Naomi Milliner
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-This series is based on "Spy Gear," the popular toy collection of electronic spying and espionage equipment. Brothers Jake and Lucas and their best friends Cyril and Lexi stumble upon an abandoned warehouse in the middle of the woods. Inside they discover an active spy station and a cache of equipment that includes listening devices and night-vision goggles. Curious about the mission of the station, they decide to use these high-tech tools to do some spying of their own, which puts them in the path of danger. The author's voice is evident as he makes a few bizarre asides and wisecracks and often instructs readers on what to pay attention to in the tale. His sense of humor is in keeping with the light tone of the book: this is a spy story that does not take itself too seriously. Not surprisingly, the electronic equipment is the main star; the plot is loose at best. Fans of Greg Farshtey's "Bionicle" series (Scholastic) will find much to appreciate here, although some might find the strong authorial voice confusing.-Kathleen Meulen, Blakely Elementary School, Bainbridge Island, WA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416908876
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 1/28/2006
  • Series: Spy Gear Adventures Series , #1
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,334,608
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.08 (w) x 7.82 (h) x 0.32 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2011

    This book is awesome!

    If you are into spying this mystery book is for you.
    I especially like the gadgets and gizmos in the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2007

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    Rick Barba is a great writer, the books are funny and simi-scares you to the bone. So don¿t miss this book (and the others) for the world!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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