Book Review: The Doublecross by Jackson Pearce

The Doublecross

The Doublecross (And Other Skills I Learned as a Superspy)
Jackson Pearce
Bloomsbury USA Children’s (July 2015)
Genre: Middle Grade (Ages 8-12)

Twelve-year-old Hale Jordan has always wanted to grow up to be a superspy like his parents. But while he’s inherited their intelligence and resourcefulness, he’s inherited none of their physical abilities. His younger sister appears to have gotten all of that.

Hale is completely focused on figuring out how to pass the physical tests to become a junior field agent of the Sub-Rosa Society (SRS). That is, until the day his parents don’t come home for dinner.

Hale’s parents ALWAYS come home for dinner. Even when they’ve been sent on one of those super-tough top-secret field missions. Clearly, they’re in deep trouble.

But no one in the SRS seems to care. Whatever trouble his parents have gotten themselves into this time, it looks like it will be up to Hale to get them out of it.

I really enjoyed this book. It’s a marvelous blend of humor and intrigue, fast-paced action, surprising plot twists, and a modest, yet resourceful hero whose kindness and quick-thinking save the day. Even better, the ending leaves plenty of room for a sequel.

This book is an excellent addition to any middle grade reader’s library.

Disclosure: I received a free kindle copy of The Doublecross via NetGalley in exchange for a fair review.

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About Shala Howell

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book, Did Dinosaurs Have Belly Buttons?, is currently planned for release in 2018. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Ten-Year-Old at Caterpickles.com, chatting about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.blog, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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