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The Absolutely Amazing Adventures of Agent Auggie Spinoza [Kindle Edition]

Steven Stickler
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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Book Description

An Amazon TOP 20 bestseller (Children's Mystery and Spy Stories, Jan. 2013) 

Warning: if you enjoy romantic tales about princesses dressed in pink, DO NOT READ THIS BOOK!

Auggie Spinoza is a ten-year-old boy with a secret: he is a special agent who can travel through time. Now, he finds himself locked in a desperate battle against evil forces trying to change the course of history. To defeat them, Auggie must pursue a dangerous quest to find a set of mysterious clues hidden in the past.

With the help of a clever new friend and advice from a cast of famous characters with names like Jefferson, Darwin, and Plato, Auggie fights to fulfill his destiny and save his world from ruin. Along the way, he learns the importance of thinking clearly and shows the awesome power of a code-breaking, book-loving, time-traveling ten-year-old with a talent for being in the right place at the right time (and doing the right thing).

Fans of Rick Riordan, The 39 Clues, and The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel will delight in this action-packed and thought-provoking adventure through history.



Editorial Reviews

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"It reminds me of Percy Jackson...a super fun middle grade book." 
-The Cheap Reader
 
"This book can be described in one word: O-r-i-g-i-n-a-l." 
-Kindling the Fire
 
"I love this book!" 
-The Bookkeepers Blog
 

About the Author

Steven Stickler is no rocket scientist. He will never be confused with a professional athlete. He is not (despite widespread rumors) the actor who played Cousin Oliver in The Brady Bunch, nor was he a guest drummer for the Beatles during a brief period in the mid-1960s. He is something completely different: a writer. He began writing when he was five years of age and, perhaps due to an oversight by those in positions of authority, was never told to stop. He lives in the great Pacific Northwest of the United States, where he enjoys exploring the outdoors with his family and, of course, reading at least one book by Dr. Seuss every year. A “stickler” for secrecy, he has never allowed his face to be captured on film and fears that we have already revealed too much in this simple biography.

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  • File Size: 270 KB
  • Print Length: 184 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006TA3BH4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,816 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny, clever and a good adventure March 29, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This young adult book by Steven Stickler has the best beginning to a book that I've read in a long time and I think it would capture the interest of anyone of any age. It starts with a letter that takes the reader into the author's confidence and starts to relate a story that has been kept under wraps - who can resist someone telling them a secret?

This book is very clearly written, funny and has a good pace, ideal for its intended audience and making it a quick enjoyable read for adults. There's some great gentle humour in there with lots of references to things that children can relate to. The tingling Auggie feels when he's near a hole in time is like when Auggie first ate Pop Rocks. Auggie's sister calls him "uggs" like the boots. These very appealing asides add a nice roundness to the hero's character at the beginning, but perhaps hinder the flow of the story later in the novel.

The holes in time are brilliantly introduced. The author's description of Auggie looking into the darkness is as fascinating for the reader as the hole is for Auggie in the novel. I also loved animal-like human villains in the book - the time vultures - and the introduction of historical figures as very human individuals. The crux of the novel was suitably grave and I perhaps found it even more poignant as an adult than if I'd read the book as a child.

There were a few things that did detract: The repetition of phrases might have comic effect but they were overused for me. There were one or two small incongruities with the plot also.

I found The Absolutely Amazing Adventures of Agent Auggie Spinoza a fantastic read though and I hope the ending does leave room for a follow up.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast-paced Action February 17, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
As a middle school teacher, I'm always looking at Young Adult fiction. This story captured me from the very start - the book reminded me of the Encyclopedia Brown series - which was my favorite book series as a child. Detective stories and thrillers are always a top pull for kids, and this book is a mixture of both.

After reading for a while, I discovered an interesting twist in the story. The main evil villain is well-developed, and the storyline has several twists. There is more than one villain in the book, and you'll be surprised by one of them! You'll also get to meet historic characters in this fast-paced, fun-to-read book.

The book has much to recommend it - it has time travel, code breaking, villains, and action. I was hooked from the beginning. It's a fast read for an adult, but seems just about right for a fourth, fifth, or sixth grader. I thought I'd read for a bit and then pick it up again later, but I read it straight through.

I recommend this book for both kids and adults who never grew up.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adventurous and Encouraging! February 14, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
From the first chapter, I was instantly in love with this book! The writing is solid, and very relatable for children without talking down to them. The concept is original, and adventurous, while encouraging children to use their minds to solve problems instead of violence. The details of history shine through, and the characters are very believable.

I would recommend this book for any child seeking adventure, but adults may enjoy it as well. It would be the perfect story to read together!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Read! October 7, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I am a fourth grade teacher putting e-books in an iPad for my students to read. I had downloaded this when it was free and was going to simply read a few pages to make sure it was appropriate. I got so caught up in the story that I couldn't put it down! The rest of the day and the next morning were spent devouring this incredible tale. I loved the way the author wove history and morals into a fast-paced adventure. It was believable in every way - even to the description of Auggie's elementary school. Working closely with 10-year-olds every day, I know this is one they are going to love! We will be anxiously awaiting the sequel coming in December!!! Thank you SO much for your incredible book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Meet Auggie Spinoza and you won't be disappointed! April 15, 2012
By Melanie
Format:Kindle Edition
I received a copy of The Absolutely Amazing Adventures of Agent Auggie Spinoza in exchange for a review.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and find myself itching to recommend it to people from the ages of 8 to 78. The fact that it is a kid's book means nothing to me because it is well written and enjoyable. E-N-J-O-Y-A-B-L-E. As an adult, I do have some issues with the storyline, the villainous characters, and some of the time traveling aspects. However, if you look at this story for what it is, a book written for kids, then you will find that it is a typical topic written in an original way. Puzzles, mysteries, and a little history lessons around each turn. *wink*

Auggie Spinoza is no ordinary kid but lives quite the ordinary life until right before his tenth birthday. When a strange and mysterious hole appears in his living room curtain, Auggie is determined to figure out why it is so special and why he is drawn to it. When the hole is finally large enough for Auggie to step through, he finds himself in a world that is not his own. There he meets his "partner in crime", Emily. Together they meet important men in history, escape villains, and solving puzzles to help save the world as they know it.

Each character they meet seems to know who Auggie and Emily are in some way, whether it is instinct or just the fact they are wearing clothes that don't suit the time. It always seems really easy for these kids to gain the trust of several famous minds in history. Darwin, Jefferson, and Plato each have their own key and riddles to add to the story. Both Auggie and Emily are smart kids and both seem to be prepared for these adventures in their own way.

I don't want to share any more of the story because I think you should buy your own copy and meet Auggie for yourself!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for kids.
Great read even for adults. As a teacher I have already suggested it to parents for their kids. So would love to see Emily and others again . Read more
Published 27 days ago by sue conrad
4.0 out of 5 stars my 11 yr old son loved it
Always looking for good books for my so, this one fit the bill. He wants the next book NOW!! It kep me entertained as well.
Published 4 months ago by Katherine Watson
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it.
I wasn't sure I would like it but I really enjoyed it and had to keep reading to find out all the secrets.
Published 6 months ago by Deborah
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing plot
It was always keeping you on your toes and wondering what would happen next. I hope the next book comes to the Amazon store!!
Published 12 months ago by Mary Becker
5.0 out of 5 stars My 8 & 10 year old sons loved this book!
I read this book out loud to my sons while they were each playing Roblox on the computer. Yes, that sounds weird I know but for some reason it worked for us. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Melanie K. West
5.0 out of 5 stars Four thumbs up!
My son and I have loved reading this book. It was the highlight of bedtime. It is an easy read and appropriate for young kids of all ages. Read more
Published 14 months ago by David Anderson
4.0 out of 5 stars NOT SURE WHETHER TO GIVE IT A 4 OR A 5...
As a 10-year-old, I would have rated this book at least a 5. As I am in my 30's, I'm a little iffy on holes in the explanation of time travel in the story, and maybe some of the... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Jessica L. Knudson
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful adventure
Was looking for reading entertainment for my young neice when I came on this book. This was an author I was not familiar with, so thought I would read it first. Read more
Published 16 months ago by pixelsmom
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Action Story!
**NOTE** I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Not every almost-ten-year old gets to be a secret agent. Read more
Published 19 months ago by This Kid Reviews Books
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast action adventure book
Review from my daughter: I am nine years old.I loved this book! When a problem occurred, I could not wait to find the solution. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Drew Weaver
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More About the Author

Steven Stickler is no rocket scientist. He will never be confused with a professional athlete. He is not (despite widespread rumors) the actor who played Cousin Oliver in The Brady Bunch, nor was he a guest drummer for the Beatles during a brief period in the mid-1960s.

He is something completely different: a writer. He began writing when he was five years of age and, perhaps due to an oversight by those in positions of authority, was never told to stop. He lives in the great Pacific Northwest of the United States, where he enjoys exploring the outdoors with his family and, of course, reading at least one book by Dr. Seuss every year.

A "stickler" for secrecy, he has never allowed his face to be captured on film and fears that we have already revealed too much in this simple biography.


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