Parents' Guide to

Urban Outlaws

By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Fun, tech-savvy start to orphaned spy kids series.

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URBAN OUTLAWS is a solid entry in the tech-thriller genre. Tweens will love the fantastic premise: a group of smart, talented kids living on their own in a cool bunker outfitted with plenty of video games. This action story boasts particularly strong female characters: Charlie is the gadget whiz, inventing cool tools to solve unique problems, and Wren is stronger and braver than her size would suggest.

Some awkward components -- sudden shifts to contemplative flashbacks, the kids' access to high-tech gear, the fact that kids this age have devoted themselves to pestering money launderers and arms traffickers -- are easily forgiven thanks to nonstop action and the appeal of this loyal crew of friends. There's plenty of adventure to satisfy adrenaline junkies and enough heart to keep it grounded. A promising start to the series.

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