Thursday, August 27, 2015

ARC Review: Bridget Wilder Spy-in-Training by Jonathan Bernstein

Bridget Wilder: Spy-in-Training
Author: Jonathan Bernstein
Series: Bridget Wilder (Book 1)
Publication: Katherine Tegen Books (September 1, 2015)

Description: Middle school meets Mission Impossible in this hilarious spy series for fans of Chris Rylander, Stuart Gibbs, and Ally Carter about a girl whose life is turned upside down when she discovers her father is a superspy.

Up until Bridget’s birthday the most exciting moment in her life was when Dale Tookey maybe, sort of, smiled at her one time. But that was before—before she found a mysterious present at her doorstep, before she was transported to a covert CIA agency called Section 23, and before she became Bridget Wilder: Spy-in-Training. Now Bridget’s busting boys out of detention, being chauffeured by a talking car, and infiltrating the popular girls’ clique to steal secret codes, all while undercover as a semi-awkward middle school girl. But will she be able to keep up with her new action-packed life?

It is no secret—Bridget Wilder: Spy-in-Training is the start of an explosive new series packed with gadgets, humor, and best of all: girl power.

My Thoughts: Bridget Wilder is the often-overlooked middle child in her family and the invisible girl at her middle school. She has one friend who isn't a very nice person. She is the butt of the joke for Brandon Chew for continually calls her Midget. She is adopted. She is an observer, but not a participant, in her own life. Things come to a head on her thirteenth birthday when no one remembers.

After a disappointing day at school, she finds a shopping bag on her doorstep. She is sure that someone has remembered her birthday but she doesn't know who. The bag contains a new iPhone,  a gift card to Image Unlimited, a yellow tube of smoky pear-flavored lip balm with a stuck top, green tic tacs (her unfavorite candy), dorky glasses which aren't her prescription, and a set of keys. She doesn't find out who sends her the bag.

When she drops in at Image Unlimited her life changes. She is given a black and gold track suit and sneakers that give her super powers. All of a sudden she is strong, athletic and fast. The iPhone rings and she meets Spool who recruits her to the secret Section 23 of the CIA. She learns that her birth father is a Carter Strike, a famous spy. And she is given a mission: track down the would-be double agent at her school.

This story is wish fulfillment at its best. What lonely, unnoticed middle school kid wouldn't like to find out that she is the daughter of a famous secret agent? What middle school kid wouldn't want to do daring deeds and attract the notice of the boy, Dale Tookey, who is her current crush?

The story had lots of action and a really engaging main character. Middle graders will enjoy this beginning to a new series.

Favorite Quote:
"I'm going to write to prisoners. I don't care what you think," said Natalie. "Everyone needs to know there's someone out there who's listening to them."

"Thanks for coming our for my birthday," I said.

Ryan kept laughing at Natalie, who kept arguing with him and Dad. Joanne kept digging for buried kernels. I don't think anyone heard me.
I got this ARC from Edelweiss. You can buy your copy here.

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