Parents' Guide to

The Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crook

By Teen Librarian, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Smart kids, no violence; great pick for kids new to comics.

Book Eleanor Davis Humor 2009
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Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 9+

Totally engaging for 9 year old boys, struggling with being "smart"

LOVE IT. My 9 year old read this book over and over, I have never ever seen him take to a book like this.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
age 7+

Great Story with just the right twists and laughs.

Just finished this book with my 7 yo son. It was fantastic. He is fasinated with older kids (the kids in the book are Jr. High age) and I was worried that this would get too iCarly-ish. It completely touched on it, then created a fantastic story that had us belly laughing, and rooting for the three main characters! Thanks CSM for a great recommendation.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2):
Kids say (1):

Writer and illustrator Eleanor Davis brings science and inventions to life with this funny comic book that celebrates smarts and shows that friends can be found in all walks of life. Her engaging illustrations really keep the reader on their toes and the story moves along at a smart pace. The characters are funny and caring and readers will be curious to see if three smart kids can outsmart one very smart villain. With their super inventions and great attitudes, the Secret Science Alliance will blast their way into every reader's heart.

Eleanor Davis does a superb job of illustrating this wonderful comic book. The drawings and panels expertly show Julian's crowded room and the Secret Science Alliance's secret hideout (among many other locations) with all their charms and hidden treasures.  Eleanor doesn't stick to the traditional comic book style layout, she mixes in sideways panels and writing that really keeps the reader on their toes!

Book Details

  • Author: Eleanor Davis
  • Illustrator: Eleanor Davis
  • Genre: Humor
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: September 1, 2009
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 8 - 12
  • Number of pages: 160
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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