How to Lead a Life of Crime

Author: Kirsten Miller Publication: 2013, Razor Bill Pages: 434 Overall Rating: Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: 13+ Brief Summary: Flick is a teenage pickpocket recruited by the world famous Mandel Academy.  It’s a school with a reputation for taking the most needy children off the streets and transforming them into world leaders.  […]

Rebel Fire – Young Sherlock #2

Author: Andre Lane Publication: 2011, Farrar, Straus & Giroux Pages: 368 Overall Rating: Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: 9-12 Brief Summary: Sherlock’s tutor, Amyus Crowe, reveals that he works with with the famed Pinkerton detective agency and came to England in part to search for John Wilkes Booth – the man who […]

Model Spy – The Specialists #1

Author: Shannon Greenland Publication: Speak, 2007 Pages: 224 Overall Rating:                         Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: 9 – 12 Brief Summary: Kelly James is tricked into hacking her way into a secure government database.  When she’s caught, she thinks her life […]

The Dealer – CHERUB #2

Author: Robert Muchamore Publication: Simon Pulse, 2004 Pages: 336 Overall Rating:                         Rating for Action: Quantity of Action:  Age Category:  13+ Brief Summary: James and his friends are assigned to befriend the children of a major international drug dealer named Keith Moore.  Previous efforts […]

Hitler’s Angel

Author: William Osborne Publication: 2012, Chicken House Pages: 318 Overall Rating:                         Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: 13+ Brief Summary: Leni and Otto are German refugees living in England.  They’re recruited by Admiral MacPherson of the London Controlling Section, a secret […]

Traitor: Boy Soldier #1

Author: Andy McNab and Robert Rigby Note: Andy McNab uses a number of British words and slang in his writing, so here’s a brief glossary to help clear up any possible confusion you may have. Publication: Corgi Books, 2005 Pages: 329 Overall Rating:                         […]

Ripper

Author: Stefan Petrucha Publication: 2012, Philomel Pages: 426 Overall Rating:                         Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: 13+ Brief Summary: Carver Young is an orphan in 1895 New York who dreams of being a detective.  His dream comes true when he is […]

Long Reach

  Note:  Peter Cocks makes use of a lot of slang and British terminology in this book.  To help make it less confusing I’ve compiled a glossary of basic British slang I’ve come across in various books. Author: Peter Cocks Publication: 2011, Walker Books Pages: 402 Overall Rating:   Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: […]

The Lab

Author: Jack Heath Publication: 2008, Scholastic Pages: 311 Overall Rating:                         Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: 13+ Brief Summary:  Agent Six of Hearts was grown in a lab.  He’s the product of illegal experimentation, genetically altered to make him stronger, faster, […]

The Hunchback Assignments

Author: Arthur Slade Publication: 2009, Wendy Lamb Books Pages: 288 Overall Rating:                          Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: 12+ Brief Summary: Modo was born horribly deformed, but with a unique gift.  He can alter his features to look like other people for a brief period of time.  As a baby, Modo is discovered […]