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This is a great story. The author gets in the mind of a boy genius rather well. The story is great for like ages 8-10 and up. So great book you should read/listen to this and the first book in the series, I promise you won't be disappointed.
Steel and his friend Kaleigh end up at a high end boarding school that on the surface seems yet another snob school. But the two begin to realize that all the students have some kind of special gift and through some amateur sleuthing discover the school is a school of espionage. They get caught in their discovery and learn they have been selected for a special mission and their training begins. This is where the book loses credibility, even for a young adult. There is no way on the face of the earth anyone could suspend their belief system long enough to take seriously that two kids would be sent alone on the mission they are assigned to. There is too much contemporary realism in the environment to support that kind of fantasy and this is where Pearson fails to be consistent in the writing. Nevertheless, even as an adult reader, the book was good enough for me to finish and I would recommend to young teens as a fun, quick read. The characters are fairly well developed. The "young love" theme plays out according to the normal teen life cycle. The special gifts the kids have are rare, but do exist in people. The narration is fine. There is no graphic violence or sex, which make the book a PG read for teens, which parents might find inviting. It is well written and the plot flows through to the end without without stranded story lines.
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