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Mordecai Richler. Jacob Two-Two's First Spy Case
Tundra Books $12.99 ISBN 978-0-88776-927-6 162 pg.
Reviewed by Victoria, age 12

"Why, before we meet again, amigo, I will have sipped sweet water in Sunset Beach, California, and watched the sun set in Sweet Water, Alabama. A master spy's work is never done. Now, you tell your associates in CHILD POWER how much I look forward to working with them again. And, of course, with you, too, Jacob Two-Two, if not today or tomorrow, then before too long, I hope. See you anon, dear boy."

"Come home safely, Mr. Dinglebat,” said Jacob Two-Two. "Come home safely, please."

And he stood there, waving, until the helicopter was no more than a dot in the sky.

Jacob Two-Two has just recently moved from England, and is slowly getting used to life in Canada. But things are so different then what they seem!! His neighbor, Mr. Dinglebat, is a master spy. His teacher, Miss Sour Pickle is extremely strict. His new principal, Mr. I.M. Greedyguts, saves all the good food for himself, and takes naps at school. And loathsome Leo Louse, supposedly the school’s "excellent" cook, is downright horrible at creating anything edible and yummy.

What can I say about Jacob Two-Two? You definitely feel bad for him, being ignored and all, but I had a very good connection with character, and I, too, am the youngest of five kids. It is a very creative novel; it's a short one, good if you don’t have much extra time on your hands. Yet, it's hard to put down after you start to read it. More of a children’s book, but you do have to pay attention for it to flow.

I'll give Jacob Two-Two's First Spy Case three and one-half spy-worthy stars and recommend it to readers aged 7 to 11.

NB. Mordecai Richler was born in 1931 and raised in Montreal. In 1951-1952 he lived in Paris, then later moved to England. Mordecai Richler passed away July 3rd, 2001 in Montreal.

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