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Native Tongue (The Specialists #4)

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  1,568 ratings  ·  38 reviews
GiGi is back again and on a brandnew mission in the fourth book in this original series Lovable GiGi is pairing up with expert linguist Darren, aka Parrot, on a mission to South America. When a centuries-old vase is found in a cave full of hieroglyphics, it is discovered that this vase was important to at least fifteen different North American and South American Indian tri ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published July 31st 2008 by Speak
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Karen Syed
I can't seem to find enough really good adjectives to describe Shannon Greenland's writing. The Specialists Young Adult series has become one of my favorites and that is saying a lot for a 43-year-old woman with no children.

NATIVE TONGUE is a bit of a departure from the series as it has a much more serious tone than the previous books. But it is by far the best. Parrott is a wonderful character with some deeply emotional issues. The premise of family is much stronger in this book than the others
3.5 stars. In this installment, GiGi is sent on a mission to recover an artifact that a number of tribes in a fictional country are after because of its supposed mystical powers, and she spends most of her time in a cave in the jungle, trying to decipher hieroglyphics. Standard fare for the series. However, what made this book stand out from the previous ones is that there was (finally!) character growth, with the heroine even realizing how far she's come and matured. I liked that a lot, as too ...more
I am totally enamored of this series and very sorry that I only have one book left. The wonderful thing is the author made it a free pdf download and I am reading it on my Nook. I was thinking about these stories last night and decided one of the things I like about them is seeing teens that have had extremely hard circumstances, from loss of parents to being homeless, have a chance to still have families and good role models in their lives. These are just great stories that show each of the tea ...more
Native Tongue is a thriller about espionage and James Bondish things. This time, Greenland focuses on another part of the group. This time, it is Parrot, who is an expert on languages and tongues. He is a bit darker than GiGi, but not as dark as Frankie who witnessed the death of his family (which is tragic, of course). Oh, I should always mention Beaker. She had it pretty easy compared to the boys. And what is up with this? Boys and tragic history? What is going on with this? First, David. Then ...more
Chanin Malley
This book showed a Gigi that had matured one that was still her lovable self but who had grown into someone who didn't need validation.I enjoyed this book though i have to wonder if one of the plots is to pair everyone up with someone every book.It was nice to see a love interest for Gigi and for the kiss to make her realize what is truly important in her life.I really did enjoy this series and though it took me a little longer than the others because the book did kinda of lag in some areas I'm ...more
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SHE HAS A SİSTER?! HOLY SHİT!!!!! AND 15 older than Kelly...HOLY SHİT!!!
I wanted more David! But all in all, a pretty good book! :)
Umm.. Cliff-hanger much?? ...more
Jeff Crosby
This book is a sharp contrast to the first three volumes of the series for two reasons. First, this is the oddest story. The first three books are traditional espionage/thriller tales. This volume is improbable and odd. It is also much more serious in tone, with very little humor. At the same time, it is an interesting tale.
Jordan (The Heart of a Book Blogger)
This review and more can be found at The Heart of a Book Blogger.

The Specialists is a younger YA series. They’re quick, fun reads about a group of teenagers with special abilities who have been recruited to work for a government program. I borrowed the first from a friend in May, and then borrowed the next three from the library. I think a younger audience would enjoy these books a lot.
I almost loved this book. :) Character building. Action. Suspense.

But GiGi and David. Whyyyyyy? My heart is in pieces. Seriously.
I loved this book just as much I loved the others!! Professor Quirk was great- a male Gigi!
T.M. Carper
Another great addition to the series focuses on Parrot's background and has GiGi's affections for David called into question as she meets "Quirk", a young professor working for IPNC on their latest mission. The finale is a fast-paced action sequence that leaves readers flipping through the pages.
May 23, 2009 Mary marked it as to-read
hmm, this isnt out yet.
no wonder none of the libraries have it yet.
and the one before it isnt in librarys 'cause it just got out a few months ago.
well, anyway, this one comes out the last day of july.
Sofia Anwar
This book is A-MA-ZING!!! I read it like a month ago and I was freaking crying when I finished! I know, annoying, right? But OMG,I can just imagine life as a secret agent! I love this book so much!
I LIKE RANDY! HAHAHAHA when would you see a guy seeing a girl with higher IQ and say she's hot? Only Randy does! LOL
This is one of the best of the series aside of Model Spy. Love it!
Okay, don't leave me hanging like that! I am way too emotional about upsets in relationships, and you CAN'T LEAVE ME WORRIED ABOUT SOMEONE FOR A YEAR!!!
Love this series. It took me a long time to get to this book, but I am glad I finally pulled it out!
Can't wait to read the next one.
I loved it!! Would have liked to have more suspenseful moments in the middle and I find with this series the endings are just a bit rushed.
This one was different from the rest. It didn't carry the same feeling as the rest of the book in the series. I was a little disappointed.
Lauren Davis
Some parts could have been written better and GiGi could have been hurt. Wish nothing had happened between David and her.
I think this is one of her really good books it was amazing when does the next book come out. I found no fault in this book
I like this short, easy-to-read series; but I wish they had a little more "spyness." It's a fun idea.
This book was good, but it wasn't nearly as good as the others...I was expecting a lot more from this book.
Predictable. I liked the idea for the plot, but the end was not surprising at all.
I wish there will be a spin-off for Team Three, if ever! The series is just really fun :)
This is more intense compared to the first three books. Can't wait to read the last one!!
Lara Bartolome
April 3, 2012 - Finished reading Book 5: Fight to the Finish
Accidentally read the fourth before the 2nd or 3rd!
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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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