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Thursday, 5 June 2014

Review: EJ Spy School Early Readers

These very earliest of chapter books, with extra extra large print, tick plenty of early reader must-have boxes. Believable characters and a simple story arc with an obstacle in the way of the goal to be achieved are all in place. Don’t look too close or you’ll see little irregularities: just hop on and enjoy the fun of the ride.

The Test starts on Emma’s first day back at school. She’s excited to catch up with her best friends, but the day is spoiled by news of a maths test the next day. It might all seem a bit ordinary at first, but wait: a twist is coming. There is a secret mission behind the test that only the cleverest student will learn. Welcome to Spy School.

Book Two: The Race picks up where The Test left off. Emma receives a secret message on her spy watch. She is told to go to… the girls’ toilets. Weird, huh? Emma is in for the ride of her life. Get ready to learn a little bit about the unexpected challenges of training to be a spy.

The EJ Spy School series is an adaptation for younger readers of the popular EJ12 Girl Hero stories.

Title: EJ Spy School: Books 1 and 2
Author: Susannah McFarlane
Illustrator: Dyanni Stagg
Publisher: Lemon Fizz Media, an imprint of Scholastic Australia, $7.99 RRP (each)
Publication Date: February 2014
Format: Paperback
Book 1: 9781921931529
Book 2: 9781921931536
For ages: 6+ years
Type: Junior Fiction

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