Sunday 30 March 2014

EJ Spy School: The Test

EJ Spy School: The Test by Susannah McFarlane, illustrations by Dyani Stagg (Scholastic Australia)
PB RRP $3.99
ISBN 978-1-92193-152-9
Reviewed by Jenny Heslop

Eight-year-old Emma Jacks is worried about an upcoming maths test at school. She loves school, and maths, but the thought of a test makes the worry butterflies fly around in her tummy. What she is about to discover is that by passing the test is she will be recruited for a secret spy school, Shine Agency.

Based on the popular series EJ12 Girl Hero, EJ Spy School is for younger readers. The Test introduces readers of 5 plus to Emma Jacks, her friends Elle and Hannah, and the Shine Agency. Short chapters and large text broken up by black and white illustrations make this a good first chapter book for young girls.

Emma Jacks has already proven to be a popular character for young girls. The exciting world of student spies – code cracking, animal protection and special missions with friends – will continue to provide adventures for fans of this series. And now younger children can join in at the beginning, growing up alongside EJ12.

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