Monday, May 27, 2024

Middle Grade Review: The Spy Ring

School is out for the summer and best friends Rachel and Joon can't wait to spend the summer together. But Joon's family has to move. They can't find any houses close by, so they've widen the search. It's possible they won't be spending the summer together. 

But they overhear Rachel's almost stepfather talk about an old family heirloom. The ring supposedly belonged to Anna Smith Strong. According to local legend she was the only female member of the famous Culper Spy Ring. 

After a little cleaning of the ring, Rachel and Joon discover there's a clue in the ring. The clue leads them on scavenger hunt through town and through history.
My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this book. Yes, it's a modern story but it's also set in history. I love books about the American Revolution. I love how they saw pieces of town differently because of their hunt. They paid more attention and noticed pieces from the past.  I love how determined Rachel and Joon were to uncover the truth about Anna "Nancy" Smith Strong. It hasn't been historically proven that Nancy was a spy for George Washington. I loved going on the hunt with these two friends. 

Cover Thoughts: Love it
Source: book sent for review
Library Recommendation: A fantastic historical modern mystery with lots of action and moments of friendship. Highly recommended for your school and public libraries. 

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