DIRK DARING, SECRET AGENT by Helaine Becker

DIRK DARING, SECRET AGENT

From the "Dirk Daring, Secret Agent" series, volume 1
Age Range: 8 - 12
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

With his double life in danger of exposure, Darren Dirkowitz, aka Dirk Daring, Secret Agent, must complicate his personal life in order to keep his secrets.

Darren has always taken great care to keep his identity as a secret agent under wraps. Unfortunately, his one loose end has been discovered: a top-secret journal with all his adventures recorded for posterity. Before he knows it, Darren is at the mercy of his stepbrother (the nefarious and elusive “Waldo”), spying on his best friend and lying to the girl of his dreams. Friendships are strongly tested throughout the novel, which is peppered with imaginative turns of phrase and bursts of energy. The book is an enjoyable and quirky read. The author doesn’t go overboard and turn her characters into swirling cartoons: These are real kids behaving with all the creativity and energy one would expect of them. But beneath all the play and humor is a genuine emotional core, exploring the trials and tribulations all friendships endure when moving from elementary school on to junior high. A stunning last-minute twist pushes the book above and beyond. 

A clever romp that’s enhanced, not lessened, by its message. (Fiction. 8-12)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-4598-0683-2
Page count: 208pp
Publisher: Orca
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 2014




MORE BY HELAINE BECKER

ChildrenLINES, BARS AND CIRCLES by Helaine Becker
by Helaine Becker
ChildrenYOU CAN READ by Helaine Becker
by Helaine Becker
ChildrenMONSTER SCIENCE by Helaine Becker
by Helaine Becker

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenTHE LAST BOY AT ST. EDITH'S by Lee Gjertsen Malone
by Lee Gjertsen Malone
ChildrenMIDDLE SCHOOL, THE WORST YEARS OF MY LIFE by James Patterson
by James Patterson