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Andrew North Blows Up the World Hardcover – September 8, 2009
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From School Library Journal
Grade 4–6—Andrew "Danger" North is a spy-in-training who must overcome the evil Dr. Cringe (his school's janitor) to steal back a spy machine (a confiscated calculator) that might blow up the world. Only then can he become a professional spy like his father and brother. Or at least that's what he believes since his older brother has been telling him all about the spy world for years. In the midst of this, the boy must sing a solo at his school music recital, which he believes the head of the undercover organization will be attending. It will be obvious to readers that Andrew's dad is actually an insurance salesman and that the boy attends a normal school. Selzer's plot plods a bit, and it is unclear in the end whether the protagonist has finally realized that his intrigue is made up or whether he still believes that there are real spies at his school. Still, Andrew has a great imagination, and his friends and moody teenaged brother are interesting characters whom kids could see as being part of their own worlds.—Clare A. Dombrowski, Amesbury Public Library, MA END
About the Author
Adam Selzer is the author of How to Get Suspended and Influence People, Pirates of the Retail Wasteland, and I Put a Spell on You. In addition to his work as a tour guide and assistant ghostbuster (really), he moonlights as a rock star. Check him out on the Web at www.adamselzer.com.
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Grade school readers -- especially boys -- will relate to Andrew North and his imagination. And if you think back on your elementary school days, you'll also relate to Andrew and his overactive, Thurberesque imagination.
I also didn't think these boys were THIRD graders. They acted like junior high or high schoolers!! Third graders also would want bigger print.
The story is interesting, but I didn't think I would put it in our library for those reasons. Boys would obviously love it.