Spectacular Spain

Spectacular Spain

by Lisa Thompson, Helen Jones

The Secret World Adventure Team sends secret agents to Barcelona, Spain to help a famous, but sad, flamenco dancer.


The Secret World Adventure Team sends secret agents to Barcelona, Spain to help a famous, but sad, flamenco dancer.

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Children's Literature
Yet another title in the "Read It! Chapter Books" series, this book sends a girl named Bec and her dog Bronson on a time travel mission to Spain. Bec receives an e-mail from Gosic who delivers messages for SWAT, which stands for Secret World Adventure Team. By using a SWAT transporter wristband and dog collar, the two find themselves instantly moved to Spain to help a girl named Paloma Hoyos, a famous flamenco dancer who befriends Bec and Bronco after meeting them at the bullfight. Paloma teaches Bec how to play the castanets and dance the flamenco, and Bec teaches her some of her dance moves. When Bec discovers that Paloma's dream is to run with the bulls in Pamplona, she develops a plan to help her achieve her dream. Black-and-white sketches and photographs of people and places in Spain enliven the story. While this is not great literature, it does fill a need for chapter books for young readers. 2006 (orig. 2005), Picture Window Books, Ages 7 to 9.
—Sylvia Firth
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-While reluctant or struggling readers will love the concept of these books (and what's not to love about secret missions, world travel, and heroism?), they will feel less like accomplices on a whirlwind adventure and more like they are running errands with their parents. Each book begins with a less-than-dynamic duo being chosen by the mysterious SWAT leader, Gosic, to help a native with a problem of varying magnitude. Mission Impossible this is not. The kids have no special abilities that deem them worthy of selection for their particular task and the missions themselves don't live up to the urgency issued in the SWAT instructions. During the course of their journey, the travelers tour well-known landmarks and spout off statistics to one another that only serve to underscore the stereotypes of each country and don't communicate the richness of its landscape or culture. Black-and-white illustrations vary from very stylized (Tokyo) to amateurish (Spain) and do little to convey a sense of place.-H. H. Henderson, Heritage Middle School, Deltona, FL Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

Capstone Press
Publication date:
Read-It! Chapter Books: SWAT Series
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.40(d)
590L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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