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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: Ologies (Book 7)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; Nov edition (October 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763640484
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763640484
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.9 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hours of educational fun.
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I purchased this for my 9 year old son as a gift, and he absolutely LOVES it!
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She chose this book at the bookstore, and paid for it with her own money.
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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By KidsReads on November 19, 2008
Format: Hardcover
"Spying is one of the oldest professions in the world: evidence dates back millennia (which is truly unfortunate for a secret activity should leave no trace)."

The art of spying and secret identities is one of those typical and wonderfully creative childhood fantasies. With SPYOLOGY, young people now have a fun and fascinating introduction and guide to the fantasy. This large book is chock-a-block full of information, games and stories to inspire and challenge. Like all the volumes in the 'Ologies series, readers will come across fantastic illustrations and flaps and pockets galore in these pages. The red jewel on the cover is even a "magnifying filter decoder" that can be used to find hidden messages and pictures in the book.

SPYOLOGY, the publisher tells us, is actually a declassified document. It was the book of a spy named "Spencer Blake" on a top-secret mission that no nation will claim. The first thing spies-in-training will find is the mission he received, still in the envelope marked "top secret."

Mixed in with Blake's notes is information on a variety of spycraft topics such as secret intelligence organizations, disguises, surveillance, codes, information gathering, gadgets, the history of spying and much more. There are several short case studies, spy glasses for disguise tucked neatly in a pocket, paper clues and pieces of ephemera. There are also codes to crack and secret messages, notes and letters to and from Spencer Blake, bills of counterfeit money and a wheel to decipher codex codes.

SPYOLOGY can be read as an adventure story, as a manual for learning the craft of espionage, or leafed through item by item as it catches the reader's eye. It is a book that children (and adults) can easily get lost in!

--- Reviewed by Sarah Rachel Egelman
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Discordia5 on June 27, 2010
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I got this for my boyfriend's 7-year-old. It was his first Ologies book and he couldn't love it more. He's able to figure out some of the really awesome codes and puzzles but not most (I would imagine most kids under 10 would need at least a little help.) He enjoys all the fiddly stuff the series is famous for. Six months later and he's not technically read the book from front to back, but it's easily his favorite. As far as he's concerned, just owning this very official-and-expensive-looking volume is enough to make him feel like he's privy to insider information. He finds great fun in wondering if the stuff is real or not, and has begged and begged for more Ologies. (Dragonology, Mythology, and Egyptology are waiting to be opened for his 8th birthday.) Ologies books are worth the money, and an easy no-brainer gift if you happen to know the kid's interests.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By bogey on May 5, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I thought this might be a little too easy for my 11 year old, but he loved the book. I thought he might read through it once and be done, but he's gone back to it several times to re-read codes and the cool hidden case in the book. It's really clever--he's not one to read for fun, so it's great to see him poring over a book on his own volition.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By April Oaks on January 6, 2009
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My son started collecting the 'ology' books a couple years ago and was most excited about this one. They are great books for kids!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. N. Mahoney on January 11, 2009
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I'm a big fan of the whole series of "Ologies," as are my two grandsons. The eldest one specifically requested this book and was not disappointed. After spending several days immersed in it, he proclaimed it a "great book."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on July 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is definitely not a disappointment. I love the flaps and things you can open or interact with. i highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a great present for kids! Definitely a terrific Ology Series Book!
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By jm on June 11, 2014
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This book should come shrink-wrapped due to all its flaps and pieces. This book arrived and it had scratches and dents on the corners as if it had been the property of someone else first and they had dropped it a few times. My daughter had a hard time getting one of the first "gadgets" out of its flap and in trying (carefully), the pocket it stores in ripped. (That difficulty lead me to believe that possibly it really is brand-new, just has been moved around or handled ALOT somewhere before reaching us.). If it were mine, I would've returned it for an exchange, but it was for my daughter and once she saw it- there was NO more waiting! Kids who REALLY LIKE spy things will like this book regardless - it is very detailed!
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By BRS on July 2, 2013
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The "Ology" books are very entertaining. As an old kid who has always been a fan of spy books and movies this is a fun book to pass time on a summer day. It includes envelopes of clues to review and cryptograms to solve. It includes a removeable "red magnifying filter decoder" and two adjustable "codex cryptotrons" to decipher messages. It's set up like a scrapbook and includes numerous true stories of spycraft over the years. I highly recommend this whole series of Ology books, for both adults like me and especially for preteens. It's very educational and inspires the imagination.
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