Owen Foote has a new obsession: spying. He thinks that secretly watching people is the coolest thing in the world. But eavesdropping on his dad talking with a neighbor about lawn care is getting a little boring. Owen is ready for bigger challenges, and he has already selected his next target: Mr. Mahoney, his school principal. It’s going to be the ultimate spy test. Cloaked in camouflage and prepared to Duck or Die, Owen and his friends embark on their covert assignment. It will be Owen’s most daring adventure yet.
Fast-paced and funny, Owen’s latest enterprise has all the insightful humor and character appeal that make this series a sure bet for young readers.
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Martha Weston was the author and illustrator of two charming picture books about Tuck, as well as the illustrator of Clarion's successful Owen Foote books by Stephanie Greene. Martha Weston died in 2003.
Stephanie Greene is the author of many books for young readers, including the popular Owen Foote books. Ms. Greene lives in Chapel Hill, N.C. Her website is www.stephaniegreenebooks.com.From School Library Journal:
Gr 2-4-Owen Foote has an active imagination. He loves playing spy, not to mention being head of a team consisting of his main sidekick Joseph; Anthony, a show-off who has a professional camouflage suit complete with boots, canteen, and binoculars; and Ben. Armed with Ben's brothers' walkie-talkies and with Morse code signals, including one for "I have to go to the bathroom," that are delivered via blinks of the eye, they spy on the school principal at his house. As a result, of course, life lessons are learned. Youngsters will love this book for the sheer fun and intrigue. Boys, especially, will appreciate the stuff they consider important and unimportant, like an annoying older sister. Chapters are fluid and just the right length, with well-developed characters, hushed moments, and cliff-hanger endings. The black-and-white illustrations are few, but always in the right spot. The detail is exceptional and the facial expressions, priceless. Enjoyable independently, this title is also an amusing read-aloud.
Wanda Meyers-Hines, Ridgecrest Elementary, Huntsville, AL
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