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TO HAWAII, WITH LOVE

Wisecracking Beverly Hills brat Rachel Buchanan doesn't exactly have an ordinary life. For one thing, she attends Blackthorn Academy, which is secretly a training school for spies. Then there's her arch–nemesis, who's convinced that Rachel is this ancient goddess reincarnated to stop his evil plans.

It all sounds pretty lame to Rachel. But then she discovers that the bad guy's trail leads directly to Hawaii...and surely ...

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TO HAWAII, WITH LOVE

Wisecracking Beverly Hills brat Rachel Buchanan doesn't exactly have an ordinary life. For one thing, she attends Blackthorn Academy, which is secretly a training school for spies. Then there's her arch–nemesis, who's convinced that Rachel is this ancient goddess reincarnated to stop his evil plans.

It all sounds pretty lame to Rachel. But then she discovers that the bad guy's trail leads directly to Hawaii...and surely there'll be some time for surfing in between all the getting kidnapped and leaping out of helicopters–right?

Beverly Hills teenager Rachel Buchanan gets in trouble with the law and winds up at mysterious Blackthorn Academy in Pennsylvania, where she uncovers secrets about the school and becomes entangled in a case of international espionage.

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Publishers Weekly
The savvy, resourceful heroine of the title is back in her second adventure, Spy Goddess 2: To Hawaii, with Love by Michael Spradlin. Here she and her gang steal away from Blackthorn Academy to the Hawaiian isles to get hold of an artifact before Simon Blankenship can. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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This second title in the "Spy Goddess" series is about a madman named Simon Blankenship. All Blankenship wants is to rule the world. In order to accomplish this he needs to kill Rachel Buchanan and find seven hidden treasures by translating the Book of Seraphim. Little does he know he has a counterfeit copy of the book. Meanwhile, when Rachel hears that her boarding school's headmaster is flying to Hawaii to try and find Blankenship and one of the missing treasures, she and her friends charter a jet. Once they reach the dig site Blankenship's thugs capture Rachel and her friend, Pilar. To spare Pilar's life Rachel tells Blankenship that she knows where the treasure is hidden. While searching for the artifact Rachel discovers that she has supernatural powers that she uses to find the treasure. Rachel returns and a fight breaks out. Later the teens and their headmaster fly home together and discover that the authentic Book of Seraphim is missing from the headmaster's safe. This well-written story will be difficult to set down. This title is not recommended for the reader with motion sickness. It is a fast-paced story with so many twists and turns that it may cause the reader to become dizzy, disoriented, and wanting more. And that is exactly what the reader will get when they read the next book in the series. 2005, HarperCollins, Ages 12 up.
—Mary Jo Edwards
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This installment of the adventures of Rachel Buchanan in the Spy Goddess series is every bit as readable and fun as the first. Although Spradlin gives enough background information for any reader to catch up with the ongoing plot, the characters' interactions with each other will make more sense if one has read the first. Rachel and her three friends leave their secluded boarding school in Pennsylvania and travel to Hawaii to try to recover an artifact that they believe is needed by a purely evil man named Simon Blankenship to further his plans of world domination. In doing so the teenagers break about every school rule there is and put their lives in extreme danger. Rachel and her roommate, Pilar, are captured by Blankenship almost immediately upon their arrival in Hawaii. Blankenship believes that Rachel is the only person in the world who can stop him, and he plans to sacrifice Pilar and use Rachel to help him get what he wants before killing her also. Rachel's indomitable spirit and resourcefulness help her to succeed in saving both herself and her friends while thwarting the bad guys. Teens will love the hip language, the nonstop action, and the strong characters. Although the perilous situation is mostly resolved by the end of the novel, an ominous discovery in the last chapter leaves the reader wanting another book right away. The series will be popular with readers who like a fast-paced thriller. VOYA CODES: 4Q 5P M J (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Every YA (who reads) was dying to read it yesterday; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2005, HarperCollins, 199p., and PLB Ages 11 to 15.
—Leslie Carter
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This second, much improved installment of the Spy Goddess series sends spunky Rachel, partially reformed Beverly Hills princess, to Hawaii in her continuing battle with Simon Blankenship, super-villain. It seems Blankenship believes Rachel, despite appearances, to be the reincarnation of Etherea, an ancient goddess. In his quest to revive the rival ancient god Mithras, Blankenship seeks seven artifacts hidden around the world. As the heroes and villains interact in Hawaii, Rachel is captured, fights against impossible odds, escapes, is recaptured, and escapes again in the usual plot arc. Spradlin finds more success in this second outing by infusing all the action with light humor. Tongue firmly in cheek, he renders Rachel a more attractive character and delivers a lively read for the fans. It's more a comedy than a thriller, working well as a spoof. Lots of fun-and this time the title makes sense. (Fiction. 12-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060594107
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/24/2006
  • Series: Spy Goddess Series , #2
  • Pages: 208
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 760L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael P. Spradlin grew up in Michigan rooting for his beloved Detroit Tigers. He collected baseball cards, listened to Tigers games on the radio, and talked his third-grade teacher into bringing her twenty-five-inch Zenith console television to school so the class could watch Game Seven of the 1968 World Series. Now he writes books, still listens to games on the radio, and hopes one day the Tigers will realize the error of their ways and offer him the third-base spot he has coveted for so long. He is also the author of the Youngest Templar trilogy, the Spy Goddess series, and several other picture books. He lives with his family in Lapeer, Michigan.

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Spy Goddess, Book Two: To Hawaii, with Love


By Michael Spradlin

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2006 Michael Spradlin
All right reserved.

ISBN: 006059411X

Chapter One

Future Goddesses of America

There is a crazy man after me. Not just your normal crazy man, either. Not some simple ordinary type of crazy, like a celebrity stalker or someone who gets messages from outer space. This is a guy who thinks that he can rule the world. We're talking Adolf Hitler-type looniness here.

Many years ago this guy accidentally discovered an ancient temple in a Middle Eastern desert that was once dedicated to a Roman god named Mithras. When he discovered the temple, either he unleashed some kind of supernatural force that made him nutso or his obsession with what he found caused him to check himself into the Crazy Hotel.

Oh, and did I also mention that he thinks I'm the living reincarnation of the Goddess Etherea? I told you: wacko. Anyway, whatever he thinks or however he came to think it, the main thing is he wants me dead. Somehow he's got the idea that I'm the only thing standing between him and world domination.

His name is Simon Blankenship. For many years he was a member of an elite, clandestine group of U.S. secret agents called the Blackthorn Squad, along with my headmaster and teacher, Jonathon Kim. Mr. Kim was with Blankenship when he discovered the temple, but whatever happened in there didn't make him crazy. I know this because Mr. Kim is probably the most centered and noncrazy person I know.

Mr. Kim is the headmaster at Blackthorn Academy, the boarding school in Pennsylvania that I attend. Well, "attend" is not exactly the right word. Saying you "attend" a school would imply that you had a choice in whether or not to go there, whereas I really didn't. See, I was in a little trouble with the law and this judge said I could either go to the school or go to Juvenile Detention. Since I figured that a young girl from a wealthy Beverly Hills family wouldn't do so well in Juvie, I chose the school. Yep. I fought the law and the law won. I've been here for just about two months now and it's been "interesting," to say the least.

I've had to work every other day in the school's kitchen, attend a full load of very difficult, really weird classes, and start to learn Tae Kwon Do. And for the most part I've been denied my beloved Internet access. Also, I discovered that the school secretly sits on top of one of the most sophisticated crime labs and secret-agent hangouts in the world. That's because Mr. Kim, the former secret agent, established the school to train students to become members of a worldwide network devoted to stopping Blankenship and his Mithrians. Some of the upperclassmen here at Blackthorn, the ones who belong to the "Top Floor" section, go on missions with agents to help with surveillance or sting operations. That's way cool. Mr. Kim won't let me into Top Floor yet, but I'm wearing him down.

Along with some of the other students here I also helped Mr. Kim recover a very rare, ancient book that Blankenship had tried to steal. Of course, it turned out that Mr. Kim had actually switched the books ahead of time, so Blankenship ended up with a fake. Only, Blankenship doesn't know it's fake. He thinks it's real. Which is a good thing for us.

That was when Blankenship, who now calls himself Mithras, swore that he would seek his revenge on me. Like I said, he thinks that I am the reincarnation of the goddess Etherea, who, according to legend, was sent by the gods to banish Mithras to the underworld.

Did I mention he was crazy?

"No, Rachel, you must cock your hip first, then sweep your arm like this and throw the attacker across your leg, like this," said Mr. Kim. He grabbed the front of my do bak and sent me sprawling to the mat. I felt the air whoosh out of my lungs. Again.

From where he was watching, Alex Scott let out a chuckle. Alex is a second-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, and while he's pretty strong and brave and stuff, he's really kind of a pain in my backside. He's always laughing at me, because for the most part, I'm a total klutz. I gave him my best stink-eye as I struggled back to my feet.

Brent Christian, who was almost a black belt, stood next to Alex. Brent was different. He was quiet, soft-spoken, and gentle, and he never laughed at me when I exhibited my less-than-graceful nature. Also, it didn't hurt that he has this kind of young Colin Farrell look going, either.

It was 7 A.M. and I was in the school's do jang, taking another private Tae Kwon Do lesson from Mr. Kim. Do jang is a Korean word that means "the place of the way." It's a training room where students practice. Since all the fuss with Blankenship, Mr. Kim had decided that we needed to accelerate my martial arts training. So I met him at 6:30 every morning in the do jang, where he drilled me relentlessly on the patterns and taught me self-defense moves. Alex and Brent came along most mornings to help out.

There were two problems with this as far as I was concerned. The first was that I am not a morning person. It was bad enough that everyone at Blackthorn is an early-riser, go-getter type. I mean, they serve breakfast at eight o'clock for crying out loud. I can't possibly form a coherent thought before 10 A.M. The second problem was that since Mr. Kim had started these "extra training sessions," most of the "extra training" involved me landing on my keister. Because Mr. Kim, in addition to being a superspy and the headmaster, is one of the very best martial artists in the world. He is a Ninth Dan in Tae Kwon Do, an Aikido master, and not only that, he is a personal friend of Jackie Chan. Needless to say, I was a little overmatched. But Mr. Kim felt it was important that I learn as much as I could, as fast as I could.

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    Another homerun!

    Well he's done it again! I totally loved this book and highly recommend it.

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  • Posted February 12, 2010

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    I love this book!!

    I loved this book! It is a mythological book that involves spy training, an evil villian, a so called reincarnated goddess, and a bunch of adventure! I would definitely recommend this book to anyone!! I cannot wait to finish the rest of this series. So far each book keeps getting better and better!! The author really knows how to make a book believable!! I cannot wait to see what happens next when they go to Japan. This book is full of surprises. For example, when I found out that Racheal's friend Pilar is psychic I was like wow!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2009

    AMAZING

    Perfect. Loved it.

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  • Anonymous

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    a clever plot, with some mythology that makes you gasp and drop the book when you a) figure somthing out or b) know about the mythology, so it all makes sence.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2006

    loads of fun

    this book was fun and witty. Rachel is a funny and believable character. I couldn't put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2005

    Stellar!

    Rachel Buchanan is definitely a Beverly Hills girl. But when she fights the law, and loses, even her wealthy father cannot look the other way. That is how she ended up at the Blackthorn Academy, a boarding school in Pennsylvania. What her father did not know, and still does not know, is that the academy sits on top of a sophisticated crime lab and Rachel is training to be a spy. Whether Rachel likes it or not, there is a really evil man named Simon Blankenship, who believes himself to be 'Mithras'. Simon is after seven treasures that were hidden by Centurions during the Roman era. Simon also believes that Rachel is the reincarnation of the Goddess of Light, Etherea, and he will not rest until she is dead. Rachel is being trained by the school's headmaster, Jonathon Kim. Her group of friends include Pilar, who has psychic feelings, Alex, Pilar's boyfriend who is too macho for words, and Brent, a shy and mysterious super genius. ....................... This time Mr. Kim and Mr. Quinn go to Hawaii, in search of one of the seven treasures. Problem is they are looking in the wrong place. So Rachel and her friends sneak out of the academy and head for Hawaii. Simon, and his dedicated, fanatical group of followers, are waiting for her. Sometimes being a goddess totally reeks! ..................... ***** Non-stop action, much like the animated series 'Totally Spies'. It does not matter if you are male or female, you are going to LOVE these spy novels! I hope they someday get picked up for a television series. STELLAR! *****

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