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The Doublecross: And Other Skills I Learned as a Superspy

(Superspy #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  595 ratings  ·  96 reviews
Part Spy Kids and all fun, The Doublecross is the first in a fresh middle grade action-adventure series with a healthy dose of humor.

Everyone in twelve-year-old Hale’s family is a spy, going way back. They’ve all worked for the Sub Rosa Society, a top secret organization where new agents aren’t recruited; they’re born. His parents may be the ultimate spy team at SRS, but H
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published July 14th 2015 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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Maitland Yes, there is already a sequel! It's called The Inside Job: And Other Skills I Learned as a Superspy, and the link is here:…moreYes, there is already a sequel! It's called The Inside Job: And Other Skills I Learned as a Superspy, and the link is here:
Tanja Voosen she´s 9 years old :D It is mentioned a lot through the story. Hale & his friends are 12 and Kennedy is 3 years younger :)…moreshe´s 9 years old :D It is mentioned a lot through the story. Hale & his friends are 12 and Kennedy is 3 years younger :)(less)

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Faye, la Patata

Sorry for the all-caps, but seriously, I never thought a premise involving elite spy kids... or, err... pseudo-elite spy kids... would be in the same sentence as "cute" and "adorable". In less than 3 hours, I finished from A-Z and I was like, "I NEED MORE SPY KIDS IN MY LIFE."
Heroes don't always look like heroes, and villains don't always look like villains.

I had to work out who was who. I had to wo
Rashika (is tired)
***This review has also been posted on The Social Potato

Did you watch the Spy Kids when you were younger? Did you think it was the absolute best? If yes, this book is for you. If not, you might still like this book! I mean, what’s not to like about a cute little middle grade novel that features spies?

As soon as I read the blurb, I was sold because spies and cute middle grade. Admittedly I went into the book thinking one thing and got something else but that wasn't a bad thing because this book s
Sep 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller
A middle school spy thriller? Pretty cool idea. Hale Jordan is training to be a spy, but is too overweight to become a junior agent while his younger sister Kennedy is tops in her class and may become one first. Then, his famous spy parents disappear, and Hale decides he needs to break into the archenemy's headquarters to stage a daring rescue. However, he discovers some things that turn his world upside down. For me anyway, there was a bit too much melodrama about Hale being picked on by his cl ...more
Being a spy is all Hale Jordan knows. His parents are elite spies for SRS and he has been raised and trained to be a spy from birth. He might not be the most successful, mainly because his weight means he doesn't do so well on the physical part of the job, but he is very bright and excels at other skills. When his parents disappear on a mission, Hale is surprised SRS isn't going after them. So he takes matters into his own hands and breaks into The League headquarters. SRS is supposed to be the ...more
Tobias Halpern
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Spies live dangerous lives. all of Hale's friends and family are spies, including him. So when his parents go missing, everyone at the Sub Rosa Spy Society assumes that they have been captured by The League, the societies archenemy. But when hale goes to rescue them, he finds that things are not as they seem. Enemies don't look like enemies, and friends don't look like friends. Follow along with hale as he embarks on a perilous mission, aided only by his wits, his sister, and a boy scout costume ...more
Kelly Hall
Mar 15, 2019 added it
Shelves: ssyra-18-19
I enjoyed reading it; however, I would not recommend it. An adult makes a ‘fat kid’ comment. The adult also says “That’s a hell of a thing for a fat kid.” Later, the hero of the story takes a pill, admitting that he doesn’t know what’s in it. The developer of the pill, another kid, says he put all the caffeine he could legally buy in it. I get that it is make-believe, but the FAME, who makes the list for SSYRA books, says this is for 3rd-5th graders. So, with the cussing, fat kid comment, and pi ...more
Sep 28, 2017 rated it liked it
12-year-old hale is a spy at SRS Is training to be a spy and everybody in her family is a spy and her parents are going to a mission called "Project Ground-Cover". And then hale has to find them so she goes to The league the other spy school where their mission took place at. And then she could not find them and can't find them but she gets caught by Beatrix and Ben. They soon become his friends and she has to do missions to find his parents. I did enjoy this book especially when she finds out t ...more
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Review based on a digital ARC received from Netgalley.

3.5 stars

Hale Jordan is a 12 year old boy living in a spy headquarters (SRS) and attending spy school. While he wants to be a successful spy, he is a bit of a bumbler in the physical department, the butt of many jokes. Kennedy is his 9 year old successful sister. And of course, his parents are elite agents within the same spy agency. When his parents are assigned to operation Groundcover and go missing, SRS decides not to go af
Michele Benson
May 01, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a very clever book for middle schoolers. A training facility for the children of spies where the kids learn how to break into locked rooms and speak with obscure foreign accents is a great idea for a book. I liked the premise of the double cross, but was unhappy with the ending. While it leaves the door open for any number of sequels, I wanted a happier closure.
Mar 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, ya-kid-lit
A bit like "Spy Kids" meets A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Doublecross is told from the viewpoint of Hale Jordan (Sounds very similar to Hal Jordan, doesn't it?), whose parents are agents for the Sub Rosa Society, or SRS. Actually, his parents are The Team, the best agents in the agency. But when they go missing on a mission, Hale decides he will find and rescue them. He's convinced The League has them, and sets out to infiltrate enemy headquarters and find where they are holding his parent ...more
Bruce Gargoyle
I received a copy of this title from Bloomsbury Australia for review.

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Hale is the most unfit spy at spy school and it doesn't help that his parents are legendary field agents. When his parents go missing in action however, Hale must use all his skills to track them down - and avoid the other spies while he's doing it.

Apart from being a lovely change from the magic/fantasy genre, this is a book that deftly mixes action and humour to create a highly absorbing adventure. Hale is
Ms. Yingling
Decent enough spy story, but somewhat derivative. I'm still not sure how I feel about the main character being stereotypically overweight.The cover also works against this one in a middle school setting. Debating purchase.
Oct 26, 2015 rated it did not like it
This book just dragged for me. It took me so long to get through it, not sure why. Just might be in a reading funk right now.
May 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book had me yearning for more and there were plenty of plot twists. One thing that I particularly loved about it was that everything was included in it for a reason. Some seemingly random detail would turn out to make a whole lot of difference later on. You would think you knew how something would turn out, and then there would be a twist. Because of this, each chapter was kept fresh and I was hooked. Long story short, I checked out the sequel (The Inside Job) from the library!

Twelve year o
May 26, 2019 rated it liked it
I found this very average for a spy book. I have previously read the Alex Rider series, and though the characters are vastly different, Alex Rider being more like Walter from this series in terms of physique, I just found the whole story to be a little slow.
It was hard to tell when it was set, I also found the gadgets Ben came up with to be a little too far fetched.
The pace was slow until the last 5-6 chapters or so and I found myself struggling to read it. Honestly I think the only reason I r
Jun 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-stars
finished this in one day. i love middle grade mysteries. i’m not a big fan of the middle grade contemporary characters, but if there’s a good story going on, then i can ignore the characters. loved the twists and turns this book had. and the bond between the characters that grew over time was sweet.

my only cons are the fact that the characters had the young, annoying MG feel, but that’s the way it is, so i need to get over myself. also i found a writing error. (it’s gonna bother me if i don’t m
Jun 12, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a fun book for 4th -8th grades. Fast paced story line, great vocabulary, and characters you could cheer on. While kids will enjoy the "spy kids" style, I do wish the characters were a little older so their skills would be more believable (I took issue with Beatrix and her uncanny ability for computer programming at her age, particularly). But all in all, it was a great adventure with a twist I wasn't expecting. I'll read book two, for sure!
Book 10 of 15 read of the SSYRA titles for grades 3 to 5 for the 2018-2019 school year is the story of a brother and sister in a school for spies who have to find and exonerate their parents, superspies, before they are eliminated by their own agency. Unfortunately, this was in my bottom 2 of the 1o SSYRA titles I've read so far, but young readers with an interest in espionage and spy stories may enjoy it.
Taylor Belanger
Jan 21, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book. I thought this book was interesting and that we teens can relate to it. I think since it is about a middle school kid it is more age appropriate. The only thing I wish was better about the book is that it was more clear about the setting, I feel it would sometimes get confusing about where the characters were.
Susan B
Aug 17, 2018 rated it liked it
a great book for 10 to 12 year olds. Hale is the son of an elite spy team that are part of the SRS society, they go to spy school n the complex and very seldom get away from it. Hale is a litle overweight and doesn't excel in sports but makes up in nerve and the ability to come up with a mission plan on the fly. A good introductory book into the spy genre for kids
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was super cute and I loved how it tells the triumph story in a way that is somewhat unconventional. Hale may not be conventional superspy material but by the end of the story he was a superspy to me.
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Spy Time

Doublecross is a fun story about a family of spies. It explores some typical spy movie tropes and then turns them on their head. If you like spy stories you might enjoy Doublecross.
Brandi Kutz
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-lyrc
It wasn't really my cup of tea, but that is possibly because I'm not a fan of spy stories. For kids who are though, it is definitely a good read. Plenty of twists and turns and some that make your head hurt. Brain-but-no-brawn protagonist. Solid 4/5.
WKPL Children's/YA Books
Miss Lori really gives this book about a 3.75 rating! The beginning and end were fast, fast reading--while the middle got a bit muddled. Still a good read and if you like spy books, this is a good one with a surprise ending!
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As a 12 year old who enjoys the spy genre, this book was fun to read. This was a funny, adventurous, spy thriller with an exciting twist. One of the reasons I liked it was because it was the kids that ran around saving everyone. Looking forward to the next one.
Mar 31, 2017 rated it liked it
A predictable twist nevertheless makes an enjoyable adventure with likable characters for grades 3-5.
Heidi Rogers
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a fantastic middle grade spy story. I was laughing hysterically and dying to know how it ended.
Jun 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Mark Twain award nominee book for 2017/18. Cute book that kids would like.
Angela Knight
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book had great suspense but care needs to be taken to keep track of all the characters if used as a read aloud for Elem students.
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Epic twists! really fun book. I enjoyed it.
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