My 9-year-old is a fussy reader who doesn't like most books I buy. I took a chance on Spy Kidz given its cheap price and the great cover and I'm so happy I did. The story's fantastic: three children go on a mission to solve the mystery of a missing spy. But it's how they get there that kept me and my child laughing all the way through. Our favourite character was Hilly, the teenage girl, with diva attitude. I thought it cute how the children worked together and looked out for each other. The importance of friendship and teamwork was emphasised throughout the plot, which is something I want my child to learn. The main character, Thom, is a lovely boy my child could relate to and the clue-searching part was well-developed and kept us guessing what'd happen next.
I'll be watching out for more books by this author, not least because my child has asked for the next book in the series. I hope there's going to be more.