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Island of Spies

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Smart kids save the day in engaging WWII spy mystery.

Three children crouch on a beaching front of several columns of smoke on the horizon.

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This is a fun, entertaining story that will keep kids engaged while they learn a lot of little-known history and about life in the Outer Banks of North Carolina during World War II. Island of Spies narrator Stick and her two best friends are well developed, realistic characters, each with their own quirks and strengths, who readers will find easy to root for.

Author Sheila Turnage creates a vivid place and time populated with colorful characters, while they aren't a focus of the story she doesn't shy away from showing how racism and prejudice affect the characters and community. Sometimes the foreshadowing of events is a little heavy-handed for the mainly light tone of the book. At just over 380 pages, it's best for strongly independent readers who will savor story as it unfolds.

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