Today, as part of The Super Spies and the High School Bomber Blog Tour, I will be sharing with you my review of the the new Super Spies novel – The Super Spies and the High School Bomber. A big thank you to Lisa Orchard for inviting me to be a part of the tour.
The Super Spies and the High School Bomber by Lisa Orchard (Super Spies #2)
Book description (from Goodreads) –
This book opens in a small town in Michigan where Sarah and her sister Lacey are now living with their Aunt and Uncle. Still reeling from the fact her parents have disappeared, Sarah starts the school year with her new friend Jackie Jenkins. When Sarah learns the school has been bombed, she’s filled with dread. Uncle Walt is a teacher, and he was in the school when the bomb exploded. Taking matters into her own hands, Sarah decides to search for him.
The rest of the Super Spies are right behind her. When a fireman chases them away from the school, Sarah becomes suspicious. She decides to investigate. The FBI arrives on the scene. Sarah realizes this bombing could have even bigger implications. Searching for the bombers, Sarah is introduced to the world of terrorism. She fears that the bombing and her parents’ disappearance are connected and terrorists are involved. To make matters worse, the bombers are determined to finish the job. Can the Super Spies find the bombers before it’s too late?
The Super Spies are back in another action packed mystery, one that I thoroughly enjoyed reading. It was really hard to put this book down because I wanted to keep reading to find out what would happen next.
One of the big mysteries in The Super Spies and the High School Bomber is just who the intended target of the bomb was. The bomb went off during a high school faculty meeting, which means that any of the staff members could have been the intended target – and Sarah and Lacey’s (both sisters and Super Spies) Uncle Walt is a teacher at the high school and was at the faculty meeting when the bomb went off. Could Uncle Walt have been the intended target? Sarah and Lacey have their suspicions, as this is not the first family tragedy to strike the Cole family.
Sarah and Lacey are now living with their Aunt June and Uncle Walt, as their parents disappeared while on vacation. Is there a connection between their parents’ disappearance and Uncle Walt’s high school being bombed? The FBI seems to think so.
As the Super Spies investigate the bombing, clues are revealed putting them in danger. The more they investigate the more unsure Sarah is about whether Uncle Walt is the intended target. With the information that she and the other Super Spies have gathered they are able to piece together that the intended target is now a patient at the hospital – the hospital where Uncle Walt is.
Throughout the novel there were so many questions, so many theories and possibilities that I was engrossed in the story from beginning to end.
As well as all the Super Spies (Sarah, Lacey, Jackie, and Scott) and Aunt June and Uncle Walt returning for the second book in the Super Spies series, other characters from the first book make a return appearance, including Scott’s dad (the Chief of Police) and Scoop. All have an important role in the story.
I really enjoy the friendship between Sarah and Jackie. They have such a connection; they are so loyal to each other. I also enjoyed reading about the blossoming romance between Lacey and Scott. It added a lovely innocence and sweetness to the story.
Sarah is the character that drives the story, as it is often her impatience or lack of ability to listen to authority that gets the Super Spies in trouble. However, what she does, she does for the right reasons. She wants to help; she wants to get justice for the victims. I was, at times, frustrated with Sarah, in regards to how she treated her younger sister, Lacey. She can sometimes be a little impatient with her sister – a little too harsh. To Sarah’s credit, she is trying with her sister – trying to make an effort to include her more. The sisters’ bond is growing, and I hope it continues to grow and strengthen.
One of my favourite things about the novel is the meetings that the Super Spies have at the local restaurant, Hinkle’s. I love the conversations that they have there, and I love seeing what they will order. They order some yummy sounding meals.
Everything about the novel captured my attention. It’s a fantastic mystery/detective novel, perfect for middle school readers right through to young adults.
Author Lisa Orchard’s writing is descriptive and flows smoothly, creating an intriguing and well developed story, with the perfect balance of mystery, action, adventure, and friendship.
A highly enjoyable read.
*Thank you to Lisa Orchard for providing me with a copy of The Super Spies and the High School Bomber to review.
Published by: Astraea Press
Release date: 26th July 2012