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Operation Fireball: Fish Finelli, Book 2

By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Clever underdog sparkles in winning adventure.

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OPERATION FIREBALL, the second book starring the engaging Fish Finelli, has a slightly old-fashioned style but feels fresh and fun. Fish is easy to relate to, the kind of kid anyone would want as a friend. Given so many books centered on tween boys who chafe at school, it's refreshing to have a protagonist who's capable, smart, and very likable: His tendency to delve into facts and explanations is never show-offy, and his friends enjoy him. The only sour note is the use of a pudgy boy who snacks constantly as an easy comic target.

Jason Beene's full-page grayscale artwork and illustrated sidebars will help win over readers reluctant to dive into text-heavy chapter books. The story's ending sets up the next installment: Fish vows to enter a reputed haunted house to prove his bravery.

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