It is eight year old Emma’s first day back at school. She’s glad to be with her friends Elle and Hannah again.
A maths test makes Emma nervous. Will she remember all she learnt? Something unexpected happens. She gets top marks. These along with deciphering Hannah’s secret codes when playing spy games open a door to an exciting adventure when she’s chosen to join Shine Spy School, Under 10 Division. She now has a secret life, an ID card that says Agent EJ10, and is given spy gear.
This is the first book in a series. It is similar to Zac Power, and aimed at girls approximately the same age group. It touches on themes of self confidence, friendships, and realizing your dreams no matter how fantastic they might appear. The series is recommended for reluctant readers.
Reviewed by Anastasia Gonis
Title: EJ Spy School: The Test
Author: Susannah McFarlane
Illustrator: Dyani Stagg
Publisher: Scholastic Australia, $3.99 RRP
Publication Date: February 2014
Type: Fiction Younger Readers