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Golden Gate: City Spies, Book 2

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Action-packed tale celebrates friendship, family, teamwork.

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James Ponti's diverse team of youthful MI6 agents foils terrorists, dodges would-be murderers, and rides cable cars in this action-packed sequel. Golden Gate is packed with with arcane knowledge, relatable emotions, and lots of suspense. As the fast-moving plot takes Paris, Sydney, Kat, Rio, and Brooklyn from the North Sea to the Golden Gate, with lots of excitement along the way, brilliant talents are on full display. There are also comic moments, as here, where Brooklyn is trying to rescue a couple of girls before the kidnappers get there:

"'Apple jack!' blurted Brooklyn.

"'What?' asked Judy, confused.

"'Apple jack,' Brooklyn replied, although this time with less certainty. 'That is the code, isn't it? Didn't your parents tell you about "apple jack"?'

"MI6 had given this emergency code to the parents of both girls with the instructions that if someone used the term they were supposed to follow that person's directions without question. Neither Alice nor Judy had taken it very seriously, and if at all, they expected it to come from someone in authority wearing a uniform, not a twelve-year-old girl in Harry Potter jammies."

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