Andrew North Blows Up the World
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Andrew North Blows Up the World

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A dynamic and hilarious new hero for early middle-grade.

Andrew "Danger" North is no ordinary third-grader. He, his brother, Jack, and his father are spies. That is what Jack has always told him, and everything Andrew has learned from his dad’s favorite spy movies tells him it must be true. When Andrew comes across his brother’s graphing calculator, he’s sure it’s a communi...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published September 8th 2009 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2009)
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Neither my voracious 8-year-old nor I particularly liked this book. I think the concept is a bit much, a bit meta, a bit too sophisticated for the middle-grade audience, though I hesitate to say that, as I think that the sophistication of that audience is often underestimated.

It's this: the title character believes that his father and his older brother are spies. His entire imaginative life, and many of his actions, are predicated on a large and elaborate framework of delusion, fostered by his o...more
Andrew "Danger" North is sure he comes from a family of spies (his Dad isn't nearly convincing enough to *really* be an insurance salesman, and why else would his 13-year-old brother be such a jerk unless he has been "called up to the pros" and can't share secrets with his little brother anymore?). Andrew accidently programs a secret spy communicator (his brother's graphing calculater) which his teacher takes away and sends to the mysterious, always-locked Storage Room B. Unless, he can find a w...more
Andrew North is a third grader who is convinced his father and his 13-year-old brother are spies. While borrowing his brother's graphing calculator (clearly a secret spy device) to send a message to the spymasters to recruit him, tragedy strikes - his teacher takes it away. Who KNOWS what will happen if Andrew can't get it back from the infamous Storage Room B before the weekend?

Funniest if you're at least 12, so you can see what Andrew cannot, I think this book suffers a little in that its inte...more
Andrew believes his brother and father are secret spies. He misses his 13-year-old brother's attention and bears his father's dorkiness by believing they are saving the world. Even his dreary school life is made purposeful by believing all is a test to see if he can join the spy network. At one point reality almost blows up his fantasy world but he manages to hang on to it.
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3rd grade hero. Spies.
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