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The Cheap Reader

The Cheap Reader is Alison. She works in a library and dreams of one day becoming a Youth Services Librarian. She loves reading and has a soft spot in her heart for YA and MG fiction.

The Absolutely Amazing Adventures of Agent Auggie Spinoza

The Absolutely Amazing Adventures of Agent Auggie Spinoza - Steven Stickler Wow, talk about a fun book. The best way I can describe the book is it’s kind of like Spy Kids mixed with time travel. I don’t know about you but I think that sounds awesome. It takes my favorite aspects of MG books and mixes them all together. It’s got kids who have to save the world. It’s got a secret organization that keeps the world moving smoothly. It’s got riddles that you need to solve to save everything. Bonus fun: Auggie and Emily have to travel through time to do all of it.Sure the idea of kids being forced to save the world from doom isn’t a new idea but it’s done in a way that does feel fresh. I never felt like the story was a rehashing of other books out there. As a result, I wasn’t bored by the story. I wanted nothing more than to keep reading and figure out what was going on. The writing style was fun. Auggie’s voice reminded me quite a bit of Percy Jackson but maybe a bit more “mature”?The time travel aspect was cool. They travel back and meet famous characters that Auggie and Emily learned about it school. I liked the emphasis of how important it is to remember what you learn in school because you’ll never know when you need to use it. [Once again, it reminds me of Percy Jackson.]I appreciated the fact that Emily was very much Auggie’s equal partner. She’s not the sidekick or someone who has to rely on him for help. She’s smart and got a good head on her shoulders. I don’t know if I could be so quick thinking if I were in her situation. Auggie is a good guy as well. He might not be as on top of things as he could have been but what do you expecting when you’re thrown into a bizarre situation blindly?The bottom line? It’s a super fun Middle Grade book.*Received from author in exchange for an honest review