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Milo Speck, Accidental Agent

By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Funny fantasy encourages problem-solving, resilience.

Book Linda Urban Fantasy 2015
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Fans of Roald Dahl's quirky humor will appreciate this charmingly goofy fantasy-secret agent mash-up where heroes come in unlikely forms -- such as small, uncertain Milo Speck. He discovers his strengths (a knack for machines, problem solving, and leadership) through trial and error. Author Linda Urban builds her story on the familiar kid-transported-into-a-fantasy-world premise but throws in enough curve balls to keep it engaging and surprising.

The plot is exaggerated and busy, packed with giant turkeys, bumbling and grumbling ogres, and a plot that hinges on home-appliance maintenance. Fans of this book may enjoy books by Dahl (The BFG) and Edward Eager (Half Magic), whom Urban credits as inspiration. The satisfying ending hints at more adventures to come.

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