From School Library Journal
Gr 4-7–Great Scott! Sentient Lobsters? Furniture imitating spies? This installment in the series finds crime-fighting teen friends Lily Gefelty, Katie Mulligan, and Jasper Dash, Boy Technonaut, in dire straits once again. They are eager to get home to New Jersey but they are facing dangers at every turn while trying to leave the fantastical state of Delaware, which is ruled by His Terrifying Majesty, the Awful and Adorable Autarch of Dagsboro. Delaware's Ministry of Silence has secret agents and spies lurking everywhere trying to capture the heroes because they know the whereabouts of valuable treasures. The trio is accompanied by a group of monks from Vbngoom who are being forced to relocate their monastery. Spies come in all shapes and sizes and they are all eager to turn in the trio to obtain fabulous prizes such as a walking-an-invisible-dog trick leash. Fellow teen Taylor Quizmo, Secret Agent, arrives to save the day, but can the Pals trust him? And what about Agent Q? How will they find him when they don't know who they're looking for and they have to stay hidden? As with the previous installments, readers are occasionally addressed with clever, tongue-in-cheek asides. Flip-book art, ads, and black-and-white drawings add hilarity. Quirky, unique, and never dull, this is one adventuresome fantasy readers won't soon forget, whether they're followers of the series or meeting the pals for the first time.–Michele Shaw, Quail Run Elementary School, San Ramon, CAα(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
*Starred Review* Now that Lily Gefelty and her pals—Jasper Dash, Boy Technonaut, and Katie Mulligan, Horror Hollow heroine—have saved the monastery of Vbngoom (Jasper Dash and the Flame Pits of Delaware, 2009), it’s time to go home. But their sing-along road trip across Fair Delaware with the monks becomes a desperate flight from the tyrannical Autarch, who has informants everywhere and a shark pit at the ready. Joining our intrepid trio is supercilious secret agent Taylor Quizmo, intent on helping them escape to New Jersey—or is he? (To find out, tune in to the latest episode of the reality game show, This Is Your Double Life!) In Anderson’s droll send-up of the spy genre, restaurant menus hold hidden meanings, sentient lobsters guard resistance hideouts, and informants win Precious Moments figurines for turning people in. Among the energetic chase sequences, diverting authorial interjections, and appropriately quirky illustrations (including flip-book art) is a quiet message about the importance of home, however “normal” it may be. Finally, if while reading you mysteriously find “The Song That Never Ends” stuck in your head, ponder these words of wisdom from Brother Grzo: “Is not all life a song that never ends?” Grades 4-7. --Krista Hutley