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The Second Spy: The Books of Elsewhere, Book 3

By Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Third in series serves up mix of magic, suspense, and heart.

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This third installment in The Books of Elsewhere series is a fun, suspenseful fantasy, and readers will find themselves squirming throughout Olive's new adventures. Initially, they will wiggle with embarrassment as Olive delivers her terrible parental portraits to Morton ("Olive eyed her work, trying to convince herself that Mrs. Nivens didn't look like a big black funnel with a head and torso dribbling backward out of the top." ) Later, readers will fidget with fear as Olive faces off against terrifying painting of a young Aldous McMartin, who threatens her and the three talking cats fans have come to love throughout this series.

Readers will cheer as Olive and her friends -- furry and otherwise -- learn to trust and depend on each other in this volume. And they will be thrilled when author West concludes this volume with plenty of possibilities for future installments. After all, readers just learned about Rutherford's magical gift, Morton's parents remain missing, and Aldous' witchy granddaughter is still on the loose.

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