How I Became a Spy – Staff Pick – Haley

How I became a spy : a mystery of WWII London by Deborah Hopkinson (Request)(CloudLibrary)

Are you looking for a book to enjoy with your middle reader? How I Became a Spy is a fun mystery filled with action, ciphers, and a group of unlikely heroes. Bertie Bradshaw and his dog, Little Roo, embark on an accidental adventure when they meet Eleanor, an American girl, during an air raid. With the assistance of Bertie’s friend David, the three must work together to find a missing secret agent.

This book is well written, fast paced, and draws you in to the adventure. In addition to the historical relevance, there are also deeper story lines which explore the feelings of friendship, loss, and forgiveness, but at the same time it keeps a light tone. Added bonus, the book also teaches about ciphers and there are a few with instructions on how the reader can solve them.

4 Stars