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Author: Hay, Sam
Young penguins Jackson, also known as Secret Agent 00Zero, and his inventor-friend, Quigley, investigate who is stealing rare fish from the Rookeryville aquarium, hoping to prove themselves to the Frosty Bureau of Investigation.
Spy Penguins, 1
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Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 4.50
Points: 3.0 Quiz: 500256
School Library Journal (09/01/18)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (A) (00/10/18)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 09/01/2018 Gr 2–5—Jackson and his best friend Quigley are sure they have what it takes to be part of the FBI, the Frosty Bureau of Investigation. After all, Quigley is a master inventor, constantly creating new, if sometimes dangerous, vehicles and gadgets. Jackson is brave enough to test Quigley's inventions, and good at coming up with clever plans on the spot. The two young penguins think they might finally have a chance to join the bureau when they stumble upon an FBI investigation into some missing rare fish from the city aquarium. Jackson and Quigley believe the thief must be Chilla Belle (aka Coldfinger), the owner of the new Shark's Pit Restaurant, but it will take all of their planning and inventing skills to get past Jackson's eagle-eyed mother, sneak into the restaurant, find the evidence they need, and convince the FBI to believe them. The first in a new series, this is chock full of penguin-themed wordplay, including a popular penguin pop star named Justin Beaker. Quigley's inventions, including an "invisibility suit" made of sardine poop, are quirky and fun, as are Jackson's attempts to distract his mom from discovering his spy exploits. VERDICT This light, funny adventure series will appeal to elementary school mystery fans.—Ashley Larsen, Pacifica Libraries, CA - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.