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Kelsey the Spy

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Kelsey can’t resist collecting secrets in her spy notebook–just like her hero, Harriet the Spy. When she learns Leo has been hiding something from the group, she writes his secret in her notebook as well. But Kelsey accidentally brings her Notebook of Secrets to school and loses it. Everything she’s collected about classmates, friends, and family could be released into the world!

When she receives a ransom note, she tries to solve the mystery on her own but soon realizes she needs everyone in the CCSC to rescue the notebook, help a homesick 130-year-old Aldabra tortoise, and unmask a thief. A surprise ending changes Kelsey’s life in a way she never imagined.

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Hott Review:

Looking for a cute middle grade mystery? Look no further than Kelsey the Spy. This adorable book is a perfect blend of the immature maturity and curiosity most of us experienced sitting those years.
Though I didn’t always like Kelsey her character is a typical preteen and will appeal to many in that stage.
The mystery is interesting and I didn’t want to put it down.
Though this is the third in the series I didn’t feel that I was missing anything because I hadn’t read the others.

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Author: Linda Joy Singleton
Source: Netgalley
Publisher & Date: April 1st 2016 by Albert Whitman & Company
Genre: Middle-Grade Mystery
ISBN: 0807513806 (ISBN13: 9780807513804)
Pages: 288
Grade: B+
Ages: Author Suggested 9-12 | Though I believe younger readers will enjoy this too!
Setting: Sun Flower
Series: The Curious Cat Spy Club

Author Bio:

Linda Joy SingletonWith plots involving twins, cheerleaders, ghosts, psychics and clones, Linda Joy Singleton has published over 25 Middle-grade and Young Adult Books.

Her REGENERATION series from Berkley Books was chosen by the ALA as a 2001 Quick Pick Choice for reluctant young adult readers. It was also released in foreign and large-print editions, plus it was optioned by Fox for a year. And TWIN AGAIN, the first book in the series, MY SISTER THE GHOST, won the Eppie Award for the best children’s book in 2003.

Linda has several series with Llewellyn/Flux: STRANGE ENCOUNTERS, THE SEER series, DEAD GIRL trilogy, GOTH GIRL Mystery. She also has several e-books, most priced under $5: DOUBLE VISION, PHANTOM BOYFRIEND, LOVE POTION, MELISSA’S MISSION IMPOSSIBLE and MAIL-ORDER MONSTER.

When she’s not writing, she enjoys life in the country with a barnyard of animals including horses, cats and dogs. She especially loves to hear from readers and speaking at schools and libraries. She collects vintage series books like Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden and Judy Bolton. Some of her current favorite authors are Jeanne DuPrau, Margaret Peterson Haddix, Eva Ibbottson, Bruce Coville, Gordon Korman, Peg Kehret, Nancy Werlin, Joan Bauer, Kathryn Reiss and Suzanne Collins.

When Linda is asked why she’d rather write for kids than adults, she says, “I love seeing the world through the heart of a child, where magic is real and every day begins a new adventure. I hope to inspire them to reach for their dreams. Writing for kids is a gift, a responsiblity, and an honor.”

Websites & Links: Linda Joy Singleton's website Linda Joy Singleton's twitter Linda Joy Singleton's facebook

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