The Chase for the Chalice (Spy Goddess Series #3)

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Spy Goddess Rachel Buchanan is kicking butt, manga-style. Blackthorn Academy is sending her and her friends on their next mission—to Japan. But can Rachel handle her spy assignments: 1) taking down Blankenship's band of ninja assassins and 2) surviving as a brassy, sassy American girl in the middle of Tokyo? And is that "tension" between Rachel and Alex something Pilar should start worrying about? Heck, is it something Rachel should start worrying about? Better make time for assignment 3) repeating the phrase: "I...

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Overview

Spy Goddess Rachel Buchanan is kicking butt, manga-style. Blackthorn Academy is sending her and her friends on their next mission—to Japan. But can Rachel handle her spy assignments: 1) taking down Blankenship's band of ninja assassins and 2) surviving as a brassy, sassy American girl in the middle of Tokyo? And is that "tension" between Rachel and Alex something Pilar should start worrying about? Heck, is it something Rachel should start worrying about? Better make time for assignment 3) repeating the phrase: "I do not have a crush on my best friend's boyfriend!"

Don't miss the Rising Sun, Tokyo fun, and Rachel-kun . . . all in Spy Goddess manga!

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VOYA - Kelly Czarnecki
After being caught joyriding, Rachel Buchanan is sent to Blackthorn Academy where she is taught how to be a spy. "Personally, I'd rather be a Bond girl than James Bond. But no one asked me," she says. Rachel and her friends soon find out they are being sent to Japan with Mr. Kim, headmaster of Blackthorn to recover a stolen Mithrian artifact and to catch the thief. On a mission involving everything from the distractive "grand theft apocalypse ninja noodle grab" at the restaurant in Japan to swapping out and downloading messages from suspicious PDA's, the teens are hot on the trail of the guilty party but not without some close calls to their own well being. Beginning readers of manga will enjoy the art and the storytelling in this book. The volume follows in the wake of two novels written by Spradlin involving spy Rachel Buchanan. Images are appropriate for teens and tweens, and suggestive imagery of the teens having crushes on each other are completely developmentally appropriate-rest assured and sigh with relief. This book will likely attract male and female readers alike as there are strong characters of both genders that match each other in wit and skill. Tech-savvy youth and those growing up with gadgets will appreciate how Rachel and her friends go about solving their missions. Intrigue, humor, deliciously rich art, and an unpredictable story line will definitely keep readers turning pages until the end, and then probably returning to indulge one more time. Reviewer: Kelly Czarnecki
KLIATT - George Galuschak
Rachel Buchanan used to be a Beverly Hills teenager—now she's a super spy at the Blackthorn Academy. Rachel's teammates are her best friend Pilar, a psychic; Brent, a computer geek; and Alex, the cute martial artist guy Pilar is dating. They all go to Japan because the evil group Mithras has stolen some artifact nobody cares about. It's an excuse to shop (Rachel buys big boots), eat weird food with chopsticks and go to a bathhouse. Oh yeah, and Rachel gets kidnapped by Simon Blankenship, the head nut, who wants to sacrifice her. Will he succeed? What do you think? Spy Goddess is based on the series of the same name; its intended audience is teenage girls. The b/w art features attractive characters and almost nonexistent backgrounds—our heroes are supposed to be in Tokyo, but they could be in Milwaukee. The best thing about this manga is the snappy dialogue—Rachel, whose mastery of Japanese is a work in progress, tells someone "I'm in love with your feet." There are references to Fruits Basket (Pilar buys a Yuki doll), Full Metal Panic and Naruto. The characters are more concerned about who likes whom than the plot, which is a bunch of cliches strung together. Even though Rachel and Alex obviously have a thing for each other, Pilar, the psychic, doesn't sense that something's going on. What good are psychic powers, anyway? Spy Goddess contains comic book violence and is recommended for libraries where the series is popular. Reviewer: George Galuschak
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Gr 7-10

In this third tale of teen spies versus Simon Blankenship, aka the reincarnated god Mithros, Rachel Buchanan, the reincarnated goddess Etherea, and her friends travel to Japan to retrieve a stolen Mithrian artifact. Rachel faces dangerous foes, critical trench coats, and a budding attraction for her best friend's boyfriend. Spradlin began this series several years ago with two novels that mention Japan as one of the locations of a Mithrian temple, thus allowing him to play on manga readers' love for all things Japanese. Teens are able to travel vicariously to Japan, enjoying a traditional bathhouse, shopping for souvenirs, and visiting Akihabara. While this volume stands alone reasonably well, there are several moments where readers might feel that, despite the fact that this is volume one, they are missing pieces of the story, which they are. Even a one-page explanation of what happened in the novels would have transitioned better than the brief backstory provided in single panel images and passing comments. Overall, the story and characters lend themselves well to the visual format with its nicely Americanized manga style. The novels were fun, and this volume follows suit.-Cara von Wrangel Kinsey, New York Public Library

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061362996
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/26/2008
  • Series: Spy Goddess Series , #3
  • Pages: 176
  • Age range: 13 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.43 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael P. Spradlin is the author of the New York Times bestseller It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Zombies!, Every Zombie Eats Somebody Sometime, and Jack and Jill Went Up to Kill, as well as several children's picture books, the novels and manga volumes in the Spy Goddess series, and the Youngest Templar novels. He lives in Michigan with his family.

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