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The Second Spy (The Books of Elsewhere #3)

4.32 of 5 stars 4.32  ·  rating details  ·  963 ratings  ·  80 reviews
In Olive's third adventure, what lurks below the house could be as dangerous as what's hidden inside . . .

Some terrifying things have happened to Olive in the old stone house, but none as scary as starting junior high. Or so she thinks. When she plummets through a hole in her backyard, though, she realizes two things that may change her mind: First, the wicked Annabelle Mc
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published July 5th 2012 by Dial
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This is one of those series that gathers steam as it goes, starting out interesting enough, but developing more "oomph" with each entry. This was definitely my favorite one so far. In addition to getting better, the series is also getting definitely creepier, in a pleasant, spine-tingling, look-under-your-bed sort of way (fun, but not too definitely scary to its target age).
Olive Dunwoody is still living in a large, forbidding stone house built by an evil painter/magician that is obviously tryin
WOW can West write a cliff hanger! These books are so awesome, so well written, it doesn't matter they were written for people almost half my age. I need book 4 now!
Oct 01, 2012 Erin rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of Percy Jackson, early years of Harry Potter
3.5 stars.

We join Olive as she steps into the harrowing halls of junior high, and I would be fine if we hadn't. Part of the magic of these books was the charming seclusion from the rest of the modern world, so it was jarring to read about a girl Olive's age wearing eyeliner. (Really, I have no idea why this particular detail threw me off.) I don't think these books can transition successfully into teenager-land (like, say, the Harry Potter series), but I'm willing to suspend judgment until at le
I struggled with this book so much. I wanted to enjoy it and I had been looking forward to reading it, but it felt like crawling instead of a fun brisk walk. I skimmed a lot. It picked up towards the end, which I did enjoy. I am hoping the fourth book will have some neat stuff in it now that we know a few more things.
Haley Cabrera
Another fantastic book in this series. This one has even more magic, mystery and action than the previous books. It also keeps getting better and better. Though I didn't like how our main character changed and tried to do something she was clearly warned against. But I guess that happens with kids/teenagers.

The cats were there again too, and funny. I loved the cat that always changed its personalities.

As soon as I finished this book I immediately bought the next one. I finished both these books
I had problems with this book because of the cats and the simple story line.
Odd things are happening at the old Victorian house where Olive lives. Olive and her friend, Morton, discover that the evil (and dead) Annabelle McMartin can create havoc outside the house, too.
Martin is the only one who know the secret—and her only friend in junior high. Once again filled with talking cats, paintings that come alive, and nefarious goings-on, this light fantasy/mystery will be a go book for reluctant re
Lanie Sanders
Another grand addition to a wonderful children's urban fantasy series. wonderful characters, great writing and just the proper amount of spookiness makes for some great fun.

But, sadly, I must knock off one star for the couple of things I found annoying with the 3rd addition to the "Books of Elsewhere" series "The Second Spy."

My two smaller problems here are Olive's reaction to Rutherford's big secret at the end of the book, and olive's parents. I really don't think a kid would react that well to
She's Stacked  (Jo-Anne)
Just some observations...Olive, although she doesn't realise it (nor does the reader), is a typical only child - expecting her own way, never listening to the word "no", ni understanding of patience and prone to petulance and self-pity. That said, she is a good person. She does not act out of malice but a misguided sense of good. She doesn't want to hurt anyone but can get muddled in the details, often muddied by all her issues from being the daughter of brilliant and very structured parents.

Jessica Harrison
Read full review and author interview at Cracking the Cover

Author Jacqueline West knows how to set a scene. As soon as you open her books, you are transported to a vivid world of mystery and suspense that feels both familiar and foreign at the same time. Not only does the McMartin mansion come to life, but so to does the world of Elsewhere. There’s great use of imagery that pushes the story forward in an unobtrusive, yet very necessary way.

As Olive has matured, so has Jacqueline. “The Second Spy
Jul 21, 2012 Brenda rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: cat lovers, fantasy enthusiasts, those who appreciate good children's books
Shelves: fantasy
The Second Spy, the third novel in The Books of Elsewhere series features Olive once again determined to help free her friend Morton from the painting he is trapped in while at the same time trying to stay out of harms way from the former owner of her home. I love the way Jacqueline West writes and have a special fondness of her main character Olive. I love that Olive has branched out from home to include scenes at junior high and can see this expanding in the next book. Olives relationship with ...more
Pat (Get Kids to Read) Tierney
The Books of Elsewhere Book 3: The Second Spy
Age Range: 10 and up
Grade Level: 5 and up
Series: The Books of Elsewhere (Book 3)
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Dial (July 5, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0803736894
ISBN-13: 978-0803736894
This review was originally posted on Get Kids to Read:

The Books of Elsewhere by Jacqueline West combines the portal world hoping of an Alice in Wonderland with the popular writing style of Lemony Snicket. The Second Spy is an excell
3.5 stars.

Really good. So imaginative and original. I'd forgotten how much I loved this series.

Olive is a lovely main character with nothing to make me want to throttle/slap her.

Morton is adorable and just makes me want to hug him and make his life better.

Harvey/Captain Blackpaw/Agent 1-800/Sir Lancelot/that other personality I can't remember right now is the best. I. WANT. HIM.

Rutherford. I'm warming up to him. (view spoiler)

Horatio. I was so conce
Personaly this book is the second best book in the series. This book is more than a story, its a true masterpiece of art. The ideas in this one is awsome, just how quickly it had made a big impact on the story. All though its a great its a great story, all books have a failed up ingredient mixed in. Olive was just too curious about what she should do, honestly it would have been that Olive would be more to her surroundings and such. Still this book is pretty good. 4.5 out of 5.
Jasmine Rose
The Second Spy was sadly not as good as I'd hoped it would be. I loved the first two books in the Books of Elsewhere series, but this one just didn't quite work for me.

It's certainly possible that my mood colored my judgement. I thought I was in the mood for a middle grade, but I found it difficult to connect with Olive and her troubles. I found myself getting really annoyed when Olive continued to hold onto her anger about Rutherford moving. I can see why she felt that way, but it annoyed me no
I really wish this series received as much attention as other children's fantasy series. The characters are well-developed. The plots are intricate and compelling. The adventure is thrilling. My fifth grade students and I have really enjoyed the first two books, and this third one is no exception. I can't wait to see what Olive and her friends encounter in book 4!
Myla Maccloskey
I was very excited about reading this book because I had really enjoyed the other two before and I absolutely fell in love with all the characters but this book really didn't do it for me!! I found this book the book that really put me off reading the next one! so I stopped reading the series even though I had every single book!!
The 3rd book in the Elsewhere series. I had a hard time getting into this because it has been a while since I read the second one and this was the first that I read (I listened to the first two), but once things got rolling, I couldn't put it down! Another fun tale of Olive and her pals, and I look forward to the remaining two books in the series.
Maria Kramer
Another good offering in this series - but it does have some flaws.

*Olive seems to have learned nothing from the events of the last book - still keeping secrets and meddling with magic.

*The ending is kind of sudden after a slower build-up.

*Not much actually is accomplished in this volume.

Still, an entertaining and quick read.
Crys (The Hodgenator)
This is my favorite in the series so far.

In the third installment of West’s tale, Olive is starting middle school. If that’s not scary enough, strange occurrences are happening not only in her home but also in her art class. She’s dealing with unexplained notes, missing items, and a betrayer in her midst.

The plot of this novel is well-developed and nicely paced. The mystery unfolds at all the right spots, building suspense and then popping the suspense bubble. Who is leaving Olive letters in her
Dec 19, 2014 Mindy added it
This was the best book ever! This is an amazing book she executed this very nicely and I'm 11 and its 8:30 and my aunt and I are on the way to B&N to pick up number four! You should not read this if you aren't up for adventure and mild nightmares (JK!!)
Katie Whittemore
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I'm not sure why I've been holding back that fifth star on these books. They are just perfect. I adore them. I would tell you everything about them if it didn't mean ruining the story for you.
I love these books! If you're looking for a series that takes you back to the times of simple yet suspensful plots, and a storyline not ruined by romance- these are the books!

In this third entry to the Books of Elsewhere, young Olive is just starting juniour high. With the monstrous Annabelle on the loose, Olive's living in a state of constant paranoia. So, when her new, eccentric art teacher starts taking an interest in Olive's house, Horatio, one of the house's anceint talking cats, starts act
This spooky mysteries series will always leave You hanging. From climbing into paintings to Having 3 talking cats. Amazing series!
I liked this book enough to purchase and read the entire book on my phone. I hate reading on my phone so this is high praise indeed.
Stephanie Sheets
the best I love this series it is so much fun to read. I could not stop and have always wished there was more to the series!
Dave Atkinson
First half dragged a bit (like the second book) but the back half was super fun and spooky, just like the first. Can't wait to read the fourth.
This series just keeps getting better. I almost lost faith after the second book, but this one is excellent.
Spring Casterlow
I love this series!!

My children and I have listened to this series every summer driving to b north Carolina. At the edge of your seat!!
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