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How to Be an International Spy Book Review Tour

Mother Daughter Book Reviews is pleased to be coordinating a Blog Tour for the new titles recently released by Lonely Planet Kids (an imprint from Lonely Planet, the world’s leading travel publisher), from October 15 to 31, 2015.

Lonely Planet Kids aims to enhance learning, interaction and appreciation for the planet’s rich diversity of people, places and cultures. Immersive, engaging and educational, the new Lonely Planet Kids books continue to explore the world and inspire a whole new generation of travelers as only Lonely Planet can.

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About How to be an International Spy

How to be an International Spy

Title: How to be an International Spy | Author: Andy Briggs | Publication Date: September, 2015 | Publisher: Lonely Planet Kids | Pages: 160 | Recommended Ages: 8+

Description: Are you ready to start your training, Agent? How to Be an International Spy: Your Top Secret Guide to Espionage ($17.99) by Andy Briggs will teach aspiring undercover investigators (ages 8+) all they need to know about the shadowy world of spies. From cool gadgets and sneaky surveillance to code cracking and daring decoys they can try in real life, this guide will take readers through the ranks of new recruit to secret agent in no time.

My Review

Do you love mystery, suspense, secrets and intrigue? Is your kid in love with Spy Kids?

When I saw the title of this book, How to be an International Spy, I immediately felt drawn to it. I received the book in the mail and the first thing that struck me was how long it was! I was not expecting something so detailed and cool! I thought I was going to be writing a review for a Kids book, but this little encyclopaedia of spydom grabbed me too! The book is structured as an agent training, where they let you in on more secrets and more information the further you read. You go from simple recruit all the way to full super secret agent. It contains a very thorough, but simple and kid friendly, brush through the history of spying, as well as the different governmental organizations throughout the world, from the CIA to the Israeli Mossad.

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From tricks and tips on how to write with invisible ink, to lifting fingerprints and deciphering codes, this book pretty much covers every single aspect of spying in this new era. Hackers and all. There is a Track the Agent “mission” towards the end of the book, but that was the one thing I did not quite follow or understand. I guess I would make a very poor spy! 

Spy_Spread1_LowresMy  7 year-old was pretty interested in the couple of pages that she read, but she didn’t go through the whole book. I think this would be a much more fun adventure for older kids – maybe 10 and older. But if you have a specially keen kid on the subject matter, I’m sure she or he would love this book! I certainly did, and got to learn lots of new things. However, and be warned, this will give kids tons of information on how to solve mysteries — and also how to keep secrets… so be aware and make sure to know such tricks yourself!

NOTE: I received a complimentary copy of this book to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own.


About Lonely Planet Kids

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From the world’s leading travel media company comes Lonely Planet Kids, a children’s imprint that brings the world to life for young explorers everywhere. We’re kickstarting the travel bug and showing kids just how amazing our planet can be.

We will inspire and delight curious kids, showing them the rich diversity of people, places and cultures that surrounds us. We promise to share our enthusiasm and love of the world, our sense of humour and continual fascination for what it is that makes the world we live in the diverse and magnificent place it is. It’s going to be a big adventure! Come explore.

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Lonely Planet Kids Blog Tour Schedule

October 15

Mother Daughter Book Reviews (Launch & Giveaway)

Cherry Mischievous (Spotlight: Adventures Around the Globe)

Rockin’ Book Reviews (Review: How to be an International Spy)

October 16

Domestic Chanteuse (Spotlight: The Travel Book)

Reading Authors (Review: You Rule!)

October 17

Adalinc to Life (Review: Adventures Around the Globe)

Geo Librarian (Review: The Travel Book)

October 18

2ReadBook (Review: How to be an International Spy)

Tea Time and Books (Spotlight: You Rule!)

October 19

The Blended Blog (Review: The Travel Book)

Icefairy’s Treasure Chest (Review: Adventures Around the Globe)

October 20

Bookworm for Kids (Review: You Rule!)

Mami Tales (Review: How to be an International Spy)

October 21

Here’s the Story (Review: The Travel Book)

Alwaysjoart (Review: You Rule!)

October 22

Tina the Bookworm (Review: How to be an International Spy)

Sunshine Girl Blog (Spotlight: Adventures Around the Globe)

October 23

Fuonlyknew (Review: Adventures Around the Globe)

Books for Books (Review: You Rule!)

October 24

Jemima Pett (Review: The Travel Book)

October 25

Published Bestsellers (Spotlight: How to be an International Spy)

October 26

K&A’s Children’s Book Reviews (Review: Adventures Around the Globe)

Christy’s Cozy Corners (Review: The Travel Book)

October 27

My Soul Called Life (Review: How to be an International Spy)

I Read What You Write (Review: You Rule!)

October 28

Blooming Brilliant (Review: Adventures Around the Globe)

Writer With Wanderlust (Review: The Travel Book)

October 29

View From the Birdhouse (Spotlight: The Travel Book)

Kevin Gerard, Author of Diego’s Dragon (Review: You Rule!)

October 30

P is for Preschooler (Review: Adventures Around the Globe)

The Logonauts (Review: The Travel Book)

October 31

Oh My Bookness (Review: How to be an International Spy)


Blog Tour Giveaway

Prize: One winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card or $25 PayPal cash prize, winner’s choice

Giveaway ends: November 8, 11:59 pm, 2015

Open to: Internationally

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Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by Lonely Planet Kids and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send and email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com.

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About Erika

Worked in film and TV for several years before having my two wonderful children. Now I try to bring that creative input into my home to raise my kids. Hope you enjoy following this journey!
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3 Comments

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  2. Yay!! I’m so glad you enjoyed the book. I’m really curious about this book and it sounds so cool! “…little encyclopaedia of spydom…”: love that line! Thanks so much for taking part in the “Lonely Planet Kids” Blog Tour. 🙂

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