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Ananke Fishbein, a normal 13-year old, narrates this charming adventure/mystery story set in New York City. When Ananke meets a new girl in her class, Kiki Strike, she knows something is up--Kiki's answer to 'what do you want to be when you grow up?" is "dangerous." And sure enough, Kiki has soon recruited six girls from different schools with very different skills to help her explore the hidden passageways beneath New York City. Can these clever girls gain control of their beloved and fascinating city? With little excerpts after the chapters such as "How to be a Master of Disguise" and a list of other underground cities/worlds, this is a book that captures the imagination regarding New York City as no book has done since Jack Finney's classic Time and Again.
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Kristin Miller works in advertising and lives in New York City. Kiki Strike is her first book.From School Library Journal:
Grade 5-8–Ananka Fishbein, a seventh grader at an expensive New York City school, likens her life to flavorless mush. But when she wakes up one Saturday morning and finds that the small park across the street has become a sinkhole, her decision to explore it transforms her existence. She meets the mysterious Kiki Strike, and subsequently the group of girls (each with a particular talent) who call themselves the Irregulars, and they embark on an adventure that involves exploring the Shadow City, a series of tunnels under Manhattan. The identity of Kiki, along with the motives of the mysterious individuals the Irregulars suspect are planning to attack the city, are the mysteries at the heart of the story. Miller pulls readers in immediately and takes them on a series of twists and turns, culminating in a thrilling climax complete with international politics and intrigue. If a 12-year-old can be a hard-boiled detective, Ananka Fishbein is one. Her narration is fresh and funny, and the author's unadorned, economical, yet descriptive style carries her character through with verve. There are deft portrayals, with personalities artfully revealed through dialogue. The chapter endings are punctuated with selections from Ananka's guidebook on essential skills. Often placed so as to advance the story, they include How to take advantage of being a girl. Kiki Strike celebrates the courage and daring of seemingly ordinary girls, and it will thrill those who long for adventure and excitement while they impatiently await the next installment.–Sue Giffard, Ethical Culture Fieldston School, New York City
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Book Description Bloomsbury USA Childrens, 2006. Hardcover. Condition: New. 1582349606 . Seller Inventory # Z1582349606ZN
Book Description Bloomsbury USA Childrens, 2006. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1582349606
Book Description Miller, Kirsten, 2006. Hardcover. Condition: BRAND NEW. Seller Inventory # 1582349606_abe_bn
Book Description Bloomsbury USA Childrens, 2006. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX1582349606
Book Description Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # M-1582349606