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Spyology

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by Spencer Blake, Various
     
 
A spy reveals startling secrets and carries out a breathless mission — in an astonishing guide that takes the 'Ologies to a new level.

The year is 1958, and British spy Spencer Blake, aka "Agent K," is on an undercover mission to expose a deadly criminal organization. As he traverses the globe with his American and Soviet cohorts — from

Overview

A spy reveals startling secrets and carries out a breathless mission — in an astonishing guide that takes the 'Ologies to a new level.

The year is 1958, and British spy Spencer Blake, aka "Agent K," is on an undercover mission to expose a deadly criminal organization. As he traverses the globe with his American and Soviet cohorts — from Scotland to Berlin to Las Vegas to Cuba — he furtively records his secret techniques in a manual for new recruits.

Once they've primed themselves on the essentials of spy craft, keen-eyed readers will discover that Agent K has been setting them challenges and clues to decipher all along. If they are clever enough to unravel them all, a great reward awaits!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Move over, Mata Hari: the Ologies take a new direction with this spectacular addition to the series. Maintaining the beloved interactive format, the latest entry poses as a collection of items assembled in 1958 and stored in national archives, now declassified under the "fifty-year rule." Agent K, a British spy, is tracking down the evil international Operation Codex, using his mission to ground a training manual for spies. Readers can match wits with Agent K as they pick up clues; absorb lessons in reading body language (too much eye contact might mean that someone is trying too hard to seem sincere), creating instant disguises or following someone; learn about famous spies; and more. Enticing extras include a red-tinted magnifying glass, a "secret compartment" concealed in the spine and a code-maker/-breaker. Who could resist? Ages 8-up. (Oct.)

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Children's Literature - Eleanor Heldrich
This large (11 by 12 inch), heavy (over 2 lbs.) silver-clad book with a gold and red imitation de-coder on the cover is a 32-page scrapbook of clippings, notes, photographs, drawings, advertisements, menus, flags, cartoons, maps, letters, memos, and a working decoder wheel about the spy business. All of these things are either printed directly onto the pages, placed into envelopes glued onto the pages, or, themselves, glued onto the pages. The illustrators have also included two color photographs of 1940-style slinky women. The information conveyed by this mixture of real and imaginary scraps of paper presents a mixed message of historical fact and fiction. Tying it all together is a series of "mission briefs" dated from October 7, 1957 to June 1, 1958, located for the most part on the left-hand pages and looking as if they were handwritten on lined note paper. The information and spy lore deals with the various duties, skills, and requirements of a spy. In Europe multi-language fluency is required and it is a good idea to keep in prime physical condition. There is a description of the perfect spy and information about where a spy might go to seek employment. There are helpful guides for aspiring spies on the subjects of disguises, surveillance techniques and where to go to get forged documents, codes, and spy gadgets. There is also advice and warnings about counterespionage, moles, and double agents. The book itself was designed in the U.K. by the Templar Company, so expect a preponderance of British/Russian spying. The publisher did not miss the opportunity to slip a little strip of advertising about other "ology" books and game paraphernalia into the book along with several otherpages flapping around on the first page. An interested young person should be at least an intermediate (4th or 5th grade) reader to want to attempt all the newsprint and other material in even smaller type inside these covers. Reviewer: Eleanor Heldrich
VOYA - Sarah Sogigian
This latest series title, which joins Pirateology and Dragonology, is a scrapbook of spycraft around the world. The book devotes two pages each to several topics including The History of Spying, The Perfect Spy, and Codes and Ciphers. Each page is filled with short, informative sections, and several pullout pieces of information. In addition, the author gives aspiring spies helpful hints and rules on becoming a spy. One of the nicest features in this book are the Case Study sections, which introduce the reader to several different real spies and their stories. The book is sprinkled with CODEX codes, and the reader must use the tools and activities presented to decipher the code. Like many other books in the series, it contains several removable pieces, which may make circulation of this title a problem. The book is still enjoyable without the pieces. Although is a 2008 publication, it was originally written in 1957. Because the world has changed a great deal in the fifty years following the book's writing, the publisher has added notes to help the reader adapt the information to today's world. Although the topic might not be of interest to every young adult, fans of the Alex Rider and Young James Bond series will enjoy learning more about the world of spying. Reviewer: Sarah Sogigian

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763640484
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
10/28/2008
Series:
Ologies Series, #7
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
11.00(w) x 12.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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I'm 9 and I collect the 'ology' books. This was a great addition to my collection.
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