Secrets by Christine Harris

SecretsReading level: 4.2
Lexile: 550
Series: Undercover Girl book 1
Genre: Spy, mystery, thriller
ELL-Friendly: Yes
Library recommendation: Middle school

Goodreads summary:

Jesse Sharpe is no ordinary kid. She’s an orphan, a genius, and a secret agent. Jesse has been assigned by C2–the mysterious organization that raised her and taught her to be a spy–to protect another girl from a kidnap attempt. Jesse will have to trail suspects, plant listening devices, crack codes, and kick occasional bad guy butt. What Jesse doesn’t know is whether she can trust C2 and the information she has been given–or if someone within the organization is trying to blow her cover.

Not gonna lie, this book looked pretty girly, cliche, and generally unappealing. Turns out, it’s pretty awesome!

Okay, so it was girly as in the main character Jesse is a girl, but she’s brilliant (a genius, technically), tough, brave, and funny. And it’s a little cliche in the plot line. But at the same time, the underlying plot is quite complex, and there are many secrets (eh, see the reason for the terrible title?) left unanswered.

There is nothing inappropriate, and it’s good for ELLs. Because of the low reading level and age of our heroine (she’s 11ish?), Secrets is better suited for middle school readers, but it could be a good book for high school ELLs.

Secrets is my seventh book of the 2014 TBR Pile Reading Challenge hosted by Bookish.


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