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Title: Secrets and Spies - Treason
Author: Jo Macauley
Publisher: Capstone Young Readers
ISBN: 978-1-4342-7946-0


It’s 1664 in London, England, and somebody has formed a plot to kill King Charles II. Beth, a 14 year old actress/spy, has been given a potentially important mission from her spymaster, Mr. Strange, to investigate a mysterious looking ship that has drifted up the Thames. During her investigation she is introduced to John, a Junior Clerk at the Navy Board, who has some very interesting if not frightening information about the mysterious ship. John has investigated it personally. They slowly begin piecing together this mystery when they run into a fellow spy named Ralph with “life skills” that are proving very useful in their investigations. The three embark on an adventure of saving lives, solving coded messages, and nearly escaping death on more than one occasion to solve the mystery behind the mysterious ship, and unveil the plot to kill the King of England. Their investigations lead them to the Tower of London where the Kings prisoners are sent. Can they piece these mysteries together in time to save the King? Or, will they end up a prisoner themselves in the Tower of London?

Author Jo Macauley has created a very cool series for any spy buff or history buff. Young readers will become engrossed in the eerie plot that will quench their thirst for action and intrigue. This fast-paced read has characters that readers can relate to along with vivid scenery that pulls them back in time. The back of the book has a personal note from the author to the reader along with a sneak peek into the next book of the series titled Plague.

Review courtesy of Aimee Bernard