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The Winning Element (The Specialists #3)

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Book 3 in The Specialists

With two successful missions behind her, GiGi is feeling confident and comfortable with the Specialists. Unfortunately, things are about to change. TL has informed her that a notorious chemical smuggler was personally responsible for the death of both her mother and father. The government has been trying to track him down for years, to no avail. En
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Paperback, 240 pages
Published April 17th 2008 by Speak
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Sara
The 3rd book in the Specialists series. I'd say this was better than the second - by far, since the plot actually made sense! - but still not great enough to completely blow me away. I do think it's a fun read that teens would enjoy, though.

In here, GiGi learns about this notorious chemical smuggler who was responsible for the deaths of her parents when she was young, and she immediately decides she has to go after him. Her organization gets the go-ahead from the government because they want to
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Ally
The Winning Element introduces yet another member of GiGi's team. Well, more like focus on than introduces. But that doesn't matter. Beaker is an expert on chemistry. It is so fun to see the ties with the Leverage team. GiGi and Beaker is Hardison. Wirenut and Cat is Parker. TL and Jonathan is Nate Ford. Most of them are grifters (Sophie). Bruier and Jonathan is Eliot. See, it is all the Leverage team. I, however, prefer the books to the movie. They are a tad bit more descriptive. You see, somet ...more
Chanin Malley
I didnt like this book as much as the other series.I mean i enjoyed it yes but i really wish more happened i guess?
Gigi and David were cute the couple times they were together in the book.
It was nice finding out more about Beaker which is something I can always enjoy,as i love learning about the other characters while still staying in GiGi's perspective so it was nice.A reason why i didnt enjoy this book as much as the others I think is because it felt like Gigi, who was supposed to be the leade
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Gie
Book 3 in The Specialists

With two successful missions behind her, GiGi is feeling confident and comfortable with the Specialists. Unfortunately, things are about to change. TL has informed her that a notorious chemical smuggler was personally responsible for the death of both her mother and father. The government has been trying to track him down for years, to no avail. Enter the Specialists, and this time, GiGi’s in charge of the mission. Only there’s a catch—the success of the mission depends
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Jennifer Rummel for TeensReadToo.com

Gigi learns how her parents really died and it's not an accident like she was told. She flips out and demands to be allowed to go after the uber dangerous man who's responsible. TL agrees on the condition that Gigi run the mission and that Beaker goes along with her.

Gigi researches and discovers that Eduardo will be in Florida in a few weeks time. Unfortunately, the only way to get close to him is to go undercover as cheerleaders, as the hotel is
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Kathy
This one just flew by; I couldn’t believe I had finished it so quickly. While I thought the story was enjoyable, it didn’t make a whole lot of sense. GiGi finds out her parents had been murdered and wants to hunt down the guy responsible. He happens to be staying at a hotel in Florida where a huge cheerleading conference is being held. Gigi and Beaker pose as cheerleaders to get close to the Bad Guy. When I read the description I guess I was expecting something else. I’m still not sure what the ...more
Jeff Crosby
Terrorist bombs, vicious killers, and cheerleaders. Okay, the goofiness level ramps up in this third volume of the series, but its fun. As with the first two books, the story stays grounded in the real world, although some of the situations are comical, especially the perky cheerleaders. This time, computer nerd, GiGi, and Goth girl, Beaker, have to go undercover in Florida during a national cheerleader competition. I had a blast.
Nicole
I am very thankful that I stumbled upon this series. :) I have finally learned to love Beaker, thanks to this book! Happy with David and GiGi's deeping relationship. Awesome!
Catherine
My favorite out of all three books in this series that I've read so far!
booklover
Too boring to finish
Sam
Mar 16, 2013 Sam rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Sam by: Librarians
I read this because our school is having Shannon Greenland come to our school, and the librarians suggested that I read one of her books so that I can be one of the students to meet her. Overall, it was a fairly good book, and it wasn't too confusing to start in the middle of the series (the library had already checked out the first two books, much to my dismay). Overall, it was still very good, and if you're looking for a fast read about teenage spies, I'd go with this one!
E-Zhen
Overall, this story was okay ... Not as good as the previous two, partly because it was quite confusing, not just because of the computer and science, but also because of what happened near the end. Will we ever know who that agent was? Maybe in the next book? But I wished that the author had told us about her in this book though.
Andy
I love this book! :)
I love how things turned up. It reminded me that people sometimes hide there true selves to stop other people from hurting them. So we should remember one of the rules of life, "Don't judge a book by the cover." It also shows how a child love her parents. A twist in the ending that shocked me!
Karen Guthrie
Young group of kids who become spies because of their unique talents. They don't get along in school becaus they are so brilliant. They are taken out of school and their talents are used to their fullest. A very neat perspective on utilizing people to their fullest.
Shahnaz
Okay, half-sister? So finally Beaker found her dad, yay! But I kinda suspicious about that female agent. I'm guessing she was GiGi's mom. Well I hope so. This book pretty much a bit boring toward the middle but I'm quite happy afterward.
Laura
This book was fascinating, out of the specialist saga this one was
filled with the most humour, as the most unexpected task is required
upon GiGi, The winning Element was the 1/2 of my favourite specialist books.
Julie Kim
A series I started and feel compelled to finish until the end...not bad, funny in parts, but the tie-in's from the characters "unknown" pasts are starting to get ridiculous.
Kristen
I read this a couple months ago, and I'm not sure why I didn't review it...I did enjoy it I remember that. I know it had a little bit of swearing, but I can't remember how much...
Annie
Mar 09, 2009 Annie added it
this third book of the series is perfect for all those girls out there who hate cheerleading. its filled with a bunch of tonque-in-cheek cracks at the "sport". yay!
T.M. Carper
Not my favorite one of the series, but it's interesting to see GiGi's family brought into the equation a bit. Still a good, light-hearted spy series for teens.
Goldie
Possibly the best book in the series. I just fell in love with David! How awesome would it be to have such a thoughtful boyfriend like him??
Allie
I thought I wouldn't like this book, but I guess I was wrong! I loved the plot and the suspense at the end! :)
Sweet
Awesome book, I love Gigi and David and isn't Chaplin just cute? Can't wait to read the rest of the books
Awesome :D
Ellie
Wh must Shannon's stories end on such cliffhangers!?! AAAAAHHH!!! These are killing me!!
Kristen
A great follow-up to the other books, this was probably my favorite book in the series.
Shawna
I'd like some more good spy scenes and less teenage angst. Still fun.
LadyTechie
More Specialist fun! This one was Beaker's story. On to The Native Tongue!
Jenni
Sep 19, 2008 Jenni rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Maria
Okay, I roll my eyes at cheerleaders! But as a cover, I guess it works. :)
Ursina
What's better than chemistry and spies? One hell of a good book!
Abbey
Awesome just like all of Shannon Greenlands Other books!!!!:)
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Shannon Greenland, or S. E. Green, is the award winning author of the thriller, KILLER INSTINCT, the spy series, THE SPECIALISTS, and the romance, THE SUMMER MY LIFE BEGAN. She lives off the coast of Florida with her very grouchy dog.
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