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 Furious Jones and the assassin's secret
 Author: Kehoe, Tim

 Publisher:  Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (2014)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 327 p.,  21 cm.

 BTSB No: 511502 ISBN: 9781442473379
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Homicide -- Fiction
 Spies -- Fiction
 Authors -- Fiction
 Assassins -- Fiction
 Orphans -- Fiction
 Organized crime -- Fiction
 Adventure fiction

Price: $6.50

Upon witnessing his famous spy-novelist father's murder just seven months after his mother's death, twelve-year-old Furious, now an orphan, seeks clues in his father's latest novel to stop the murderer before he or she strikes again.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG+
   Reading Level: 4.10
   Points: 9.0   Quiz: 165698
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 6-8
   Reading Level: 4.20
   Points: 16.0   Quiz: 62489

   Kirkus Reviews (02/01/14)
   Booklist (05/01/14)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 05/01/2014 Back in the day, there was an unwritten rule—nobody got murdered in a middle-grade mystery. Kehoe takes that trope and stomps it to death in the first of the Furious Jones series. By 50 pages in, pretty much everyone Furious (don’t ask) loves is gone, and the 12-year-old (who looks 16) is on the run to Galena, Illinois, where his mother was murdered. Having learned she was a CIA assassin (!), Furious is determined to find the mob family and CIA turncoat responsible for her death and . . . then what? Furious has little money and no friends, and he is hazy about his endgame. Nevertheless, he knows how to make things happen. Kehoe has read his Lee Child et al. and is bringing their genre to a young audience. A bit is silly, particularly the end where a presidential candidate plays a role, and the reproduced chapters written by Furious’ father, a best-selling author, are just bad writing. Fans of nonstop action and clever kids will adore this, though, and readers looking for explosive adventure won’t be disappointed. - Copyright 2014 Booklist.

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