Playing with Fire (School for Spies Series #1)

Playing with Fire (School for Spies Series #1)


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Playing with Fire (School for Spies Series #1) by Bruce Hale, Brandon Dorman

Juvenile delinquent and budding pyromaniac Max Segredo belongs in juvie hall. At least, that's what his most recent foster family would tell you. Instead, Max ends up on the doorstep of Merry Sunshine Orphanage-their very heavily guarded doorstep. As he begins to acclimate to his new home, Max learns a few things straightaway: first, cracking a Caesar Cipher isn't as hard as it seems; second, never sass your instructor if she's also holding throwing knives; and third, he may not be an orphan after all. Soon, Max and the rest of the students are sent on a mission to keep a dangerous weapon out of the hands of LOTUS, an international group bent on world domination. Of course, all Max cares about is finding out more about his father, the man he's now sure is still alive. As the stakes get higher, Max must make some difficult choices, including who to trust, and finally learns the true meaning of family.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781423168508
Publisher: Disney Press
Publication date: 06/25/2013
Series: School for Spies Series , #1
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.88(w) x 8.38(h) x 1.08(d)
Lexile: 670L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Edgar-nominated author Bruce Hale ( is passionate about inspiring reluctant readers to read. He has written or illustrated more than 25 seriously funny books for children, including the popular Chet Gecko Mysteries series and the comics-novel hybrid, Underwhere, as well as picture books such as Snoring Beauty and Moki and the Magic Surfboard. An actor and a Fulbright Scholar in Storytelling, Bruce is in demand as a speaker, having presented at conferences, universities, and schools across North America. His acting resume includes regional commercials, theater, and an independent film, "The Ride". Bruce's book The Malted Falcon was an Edgar Award Finalist. Murder, My Tweet won the Little D Award for Humor Writing. He lives in Santa Barbara, California.

Brandon Dorman ( received a BFA from Brigham Young University-Idaho and since then has created hundreds of illustrations for books and magazines. Some of his best-known works include the #1 New York Times best-selling picture book The Wizard; cover art for the Newbery Honor Book Savvy; the best-selling Fablehaven series; and the popular Goosebumps series. He is married and the father of three boys, including one named-appropriately enough--Max.

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This_Kid_Reviews_Books More than 1 year ago
Orphan Max Segredo was wrongly blamed for burning his foster parents’ house. He did NOT do it! But anyway, this little incident earns him the title of “Pyromaniac.” Thus, Max finds himself at the Merry Sunshine Orphanage as a last chance before landing in juvenile hall. Max soon finds out that this isn’t an ordinary orphanage – it teaches special skills – SPY skills! At the spy school/orphanage, Max learns: to pick locks, break codes, and do martial arts, among other things. Max also learns that his dad is still alive (via coded message) Soon Max finds himself on a dangerous mission trying to stop smugglers, and an evil group of spies while trying to find his dad! This is a great book! I love spies (that’s on my list of what I want to be when I grow up) and this book was AWESOME!!! I REALLY really really want a sequel to this book (and seeing that it’s book 1, I expect a book 2!), and I can’t wait to read book 2 when it comes out! Max is a great character! I like how Max adapts very well to the situations in the school. I like Mr. Hale’s writing style – he adds just the right amount of humor, action, and sarcasm in this exciting book! *NOTE* I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice I want to read the 2nd book 3rd to
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