Reviews for Owen Foote, Super Spy


Booklist Monthly Selections - #1 January 2002
Gr. 2-4. Back for a fifth adventure, Owen and his friends take up undercover work. Outfitted with camouflage headgear (made from Dad's boxer shorts) and walkie-talkies, the boys embark on a daring exploit, spying on their elementary-school principal. After a tumble down the hill blows Owen's cover, he and his faithful friend, Joseph, are left to suffer the consequences. Greene is at her best describing Owen and his hilarious preoccupations, and she has a keen ear for middle-grade dialogue. Although Owen comes to realize that spying is wrong, the message is delivered lightly and with plenty of comic touches. Just as important is Owen's growing understanding of real friendship. A solid addition to the easy-chapter-book genre, this will be popular with Owen's fans and newcomers to the series. ((Reviewed January 1 & 15, 2002)) Copyright 2002 Booklist Reviews

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2002 Spring
Owen and his best friend discover the thrills and dangers (not to mention the boredom and occasional humiliation) of spying. Dressed in homemade camouflage and armed with a walkie-talkie, Owen thinks spying on people is ""the coolest thing."" When they're caught, Owen learns a lot about loyalty, honesty, and ""facing up to things."" Greene has one of the surest senses in the business of the inner workings of nine-year-old boys. Copyright 2002 Horn Book Guide Reviews

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Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2001 #6
The adventures of Owen Foote continue as he and his best friend Joseph discover the thrills and dangers (not to mention the boredom and occasional humiliation) of spying. Dressed in homemade camouflage (i.e., wearing Dad's old boxer shorts, painted with green and brown dabs, on his head) and armed with a walkie-talkie, Owen thinks spying on people is "the coolest thing." He and Joseph progress from routine surveillance on neighborhood construction workers to the ultimate mission: spying on their "awesome" Marine-trained school principal. When they are caught, Owen learns a lot about loyalty, honesty, and "facing up to things." Greene has a light, humorous touch and one of the surest senses in the business of the inner workings of nine-year-old boys ("Owen got up and looked at himself in the mirror. Did he look a little more mature, or was that dirt?"). No need to skulk around while enjoying this latest entry in the series-read it out in the open, "head-on, with dignity." Copyright 2001 HornBook Magazine Reviews

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Kirkus Reviews 2001 October #1
If wearing handmade camouflage underwear on your head makes you a great spy, then Owen Foote might just be the next 007, but Owen and his friends discover that maybe there is such as thing as knowing too much. Spying on their families quickly gets boring and they decide to try more difficult and more dangerous missions. The ultimate task of spying on Principal Mahoney, an ex-marine, seems like the most dangerous mission yet and they find out getting caught can be one of the worst things to happen to a spy. This latest volume in the Owen Foote series will entertain young readers with its humor and creativity. Simple line illustrations of the camouflage disguise, the eye-blinking code, and an exciting chase scene add to the hilarity of Owen's adventures. A lighthearted spirit and smart dialogue will keep young readers chanting for more of this funny fellow, even if they do end up wearing underwear on their heads. (Fiction. 7-10) Copyright Kirkus 2001 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 2001 November #3
The irrepressible Owen is back in Stephanie Greene's Owen Foote, Super Spy, illus. by Martha Weston. In this sequel to Owen Foote, Soccer Star, Owen's investigative pursuits are pushed to the limit when he sets his sights on Principal Mahoney. ( Oct.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2001 October
Gr 2-4-Owen Foote has an active imagination. He loves playing spy, not to mention being head of a team consisting of his main sidekick Joseph; Anthony, a show-off who has a professional camouflage suit complete with boots, canteen, and binoculars; and Ben. Armed with Ben's brothers' walkie-talkies and with Morse code signals, including one for "I have to go to the bathroom," that are delivered via blinks of the eye, they spy on the school principal at his house. As a result, of course, life lessons are learned. Youngsters will love this book for the sheer fun and intrigue. Boys, especially, will appreciate the stuff they consider important and unimportant, like an annoying older sister. Chapters are fluid and just the right length, with well-developed characters, hushed moments, and cliff-hanger endings. The black-and-white illustrations are few, but always in the right spot. The detail is exceptional and the facial expressions, priceless. Enjoyable independently, this title is also an amusing read-aloud.-Wanda Meyers-Hines, Ridgecrest Elementary, Huntsville, AL Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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