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Island of Spies by Sheila Turnage
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Sep 20, 2022 | ISBN 9780735231252

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“The Dime Novel Kids are spunky, spirited, smart, sassy—and so is Sheila Turnage’s writing. It sizzles and sparkles. Turnage deftly weaves history with fiction, humor with drama, light with dark to produce a concoction as compelling as its protagonist. There are shades of Agatha Christie in this kaleidoscope of characters and clues. Kids will have a ton of fun when they visit Island of Spies.” —Lauren Wolk, author of Newbery Honor Book Wolf Hollow

“Turnage takes a little-known piece of American history and sets it solidly among realistic characters and an entertaining saga of island life.” Kirkus Reviews

“Turnage’s clever 1942-set mystery [is as] charming and funny as the island setting, the kids’ antics, and the quirky cast. [Stick Lawson’s] passion for equality is depicted through her insistence that girls should be allowed to defend the island and her staunch defense of Rain, who experiences racism on the largely white island. [Amidst] codes and clues, spies and double agents . . . one message is made abundantly clear: “In times of danger, bet on each other.Publishers Weekly

“Turnage, who wrote the Newbery Honor Book Three Times Lucky, bases this historical novel on research into WWII [constructing a] mystery with many characters and motives for readers to consider. Stick’s lively narration will quickly draw readers into the story, which twists and turns cleverly before reaching its conclusion. Booklist

“Stick and the Dime Novel Kids jump off the page and straight into your heart. Sheila Turnage is a master plotter, delivering big, beautifully unfolding adventure and mystery against an historical event. Her skilled use of humor, even in the most poignant moments, is enviable. Sometimes you can tell when a writer loved writing their story. Turnage must have had a heck of a great time!” —Kimberly Willis Holt, author of National Book Award Winner When Zachary Beaver Came to Town

“No mystery goes unsolved on Hatteras Island in 1942 because the Dime Novel Kids are always on the case. . . . The plot gently unfurls the island’s complex dynamics, [and] rather than just capitalizing on the aesthetic of the setting, [Turnage] address issues of race in both the treatment of biracial Rain on the island and allusions to immoral actions of the U.S. government.” BCCB

“Sheila Turnage is a master of voice. Stick is the kind of protagonist I wish was my best friend—she makes me laugh out loud, smile to myself, and wish I could sit next to her at lunch. I can’t get enough of her.” —Gennifer Choldenko, author of Newbery Honor Book Al Capone Does My Shirts

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