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Kiki Strike:Inside the Shadow City Hardcover – May 30, 2006
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The Shadow City is entirely underground. No one knows how far it runs, how many rooms there are, or even where it all leads. Most people don't even know it exists, except for Ananka, and the mud-covered thing that waves like British royalty. Ananka has about a million questions about the Shadow City, the mud creature, and the new girl in school that no one has ever seen before, the one and only Kiki Strike.
Who is Kiki Strike? She's not about to tell. But she has put together an amazing assortment of girls. The Irregulars are misfits, borderline delinquent, unappreciated, Girl Scout rejects, and they've never met until Kiki came along. Ananka is curious and courageous, and has access to a vast peculiar library that her parents call home. Luz Lopez is a mechanical genius, she can design pretty much anything and make it work. DeeDee Morlock is a chemistry whiz, explosives and poisons are her specialties. Betty Bunt is a master of disguise who hasn't been seen, as herself, in four years. Oona Wong is the best hacker and forger in Manhattan.Read more ›
As you become totally absorbed in the book, Kirsten Miller's fantastic description puts you into the story itself. While reading, every painful, scared emotion or sorrowful feeling she describes is your own emotion too. The beginning is a bit confusing, but give the book a chance and you will learn to love it as I do. Late at night, I would find myself with a flashlight, sneaking in a chapter past midnight. As Kirsten's fiction novel wraps you up in adventure, there is also useful information at the end of each chapter.Read more ›
Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City is told by Ananka Fishbein, looking back at the age of 18 on events that she participated in six years earlier. The mysterious Kiki Strike invites her to be part of the Irregulars, a group of six 12-year-old girls, each with special skills, who solve crimes and undertake adventures. In addition to the leader, Kiki (who aspires to be dangerous), and the bookish Ananka, there is also the inventor Luz, the chemist DeeDee, the master of disguise Betty, and the forger and thief Oona.
Their first adventure is to conquer the Shadow City, a mysterious region located deep beneath the streets and buildings of New York City. They discover a secret entrance into this hidden world, one that hasn't been visited in 100 years. They prepare for their trip, developing maps and equipment and special outfits, and a means of staving off the rats. They find skeletons and treasures, and many entrances from the Shadow City back into day-to-day New York. The Shadow City is way cool!
Soon, however, things take an unexpected and dangerous turn, and Kiki disappears, along with some gold. For two years, Ananka and the others wonder what happened to her, as circumstances suggest that their "friend" Kiki is much more dangerous than they ever imagined. Eventually Kiki returns, and further dangers ensue.
What's great about this book is how strong all six girls are.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I just couldn't get into it. Some may enjoy it, but it just wasn't for me.Published 5 months ago by Tica
I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for adventure. This book has many interesting turns. It also shows how important friends are.Published 7 months ago by Andrea Atkinson
This is a fabulous, fast-paced exciting book featuring strong young female characters. These girls will go anywhere, do anything and are afraid of no one. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Willow1190
My daughter and I both read this book and it was a fun adventure. Some things had to be explained to my daughter but I like the historical aspects of the book mixed in with mystery... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
I like the books well enough to read the entire series. The under-underground city premise is very interesting and creative. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Silvabear
This book in a book that will have you on the edge of your seat till the end. There are some minor curse words, but nothing to bad. Read morePublished on June 25, 2014 by Julia and Karen
The shows mysterious outcomes of the Novel itself showing us how
Kiki,Dee Dee,Luz,Oona,and Ananka clever wits and skills to under cover the shadow city with wicked suspicions... Read more
Great first novel about The Irregulars.
Kiki is difficult to understand, and the ambiguity of feelings
for her is well written. Read more
I hear it went over well as the original book was old and tattered.
So glad I was able to find another copy.