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Native Tongue

(The Specialists #4)

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4.05  ·  Rating details ·  1,986 ratings  ·  52 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
Kindle Edition, 260 pages
Published September 5th 2017 by SEG Publishing (first published July 31st 2008)
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Karen Syed
Aug 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, kids
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 tha
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Sara
Apr 25, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, young-adult
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
Victoria
Aug 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! I'm glad it was Parrot we got to see next -- I didn't think I'd like his backstory as much until it was revealed, which, was pretty serious.

Gigi in this gets kind of a second love interest? I liked him and I usually hate (when I say hate, I mean hate) love triangles but, this isn't really one of those. I think the person who is the second character here does a good job and Greenland as always gets it pretty right when writing about these characters.

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I'm glad that Parrot got his peace of mind and is able to be with his family. The cliffhanger on this book is a bit insane because what!?

would reread*
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LadyTechie
Jul 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
F
Apr 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted more David! But all in all, a pretty good book! :)
Calatasde
Mar 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
SHE HAS A SİSTER?! HOLY SHİT!!!!! AND 15 older than Kelly...HOLY SHİT!!!
Barbara Hackel
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy this series, but the 3rd and 4th books don't seem to have the focus the first two had. In Native Tongue, too much of the pre-story about Darren/Parrot before The Specialists is vague. If not for my deep-seated practice of always reading a series in order, I might have been tempted to skip this one. Darren's mom leaves him and he is forced to live with his grandmother. We never really learn what the problem was between him and his grandmother because she is dead in the very beginni ...more
Nicole
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book Native Tongue is by the author Shannon Greenland. The book is the four book in The Specialists series. The series is focused on a girl named Kelly James, who's nickname is GiGi. GiGi is great at hacking and anything else related to computers. In the first book, she was caught trying to hack into the government's main system for a friend, David. She was then recruited by a government spy agency who teaches teens to go undercover. The agency had noticed her special skill with computers and her ...more
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Greenland, Shannon The Specialists: Native Tongue, 237 p. Speak (Penguin), 2008. Language - PG, Violence - PG, Sexual Content - G.

The Specialists need Gigi's math brain to unravel the hieroglyphics in an ancient cavesite in order to determine which Indian tribe can actually lay claim to a vase with supposed mystical powers. Her cohort on the mission includes Parrot, who has secrets that connect him to one of the tribal chiefs, a chief with a streak of viciousness. Of course the groups lives wil
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Douglas Williamson
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Our heroine is off to South American with the teams linguistic specialist in tow, hoping to avert tribal conflicts.

This is the fourth book in a teen spies series featuring a group of smart and tough kids keeping the world safe. Each book works just fine as a standalone story, so feel free to read them in any order.

I am enjoying this series more and more with each book that I read. The plot is fun and easy to read with enough twists and turns to keep things interesting. We meet yet a
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Sherri Geisler Locke
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Once again Shannon Greenland has managed to keep me enthralled to the end. I love reading about Gigi and her band of misfits. Formed from a motley group of teens with troubled backgrounds, the Specialists are enjoyable to read. Of course always clean and appropriate to the age they are aimed at. this time we them going to South America to solve a mystery surrounding an ancient Vase. I recommend these books for anyone teen to oldster like me.

I received a free copy of this book via Boo
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Heather Wamboldt
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Native Tongue is the fourth book in The Specialists series and is my favourite story so far. This time, Gigi is working with expert linguist Darren, aka Parrot, on a mission to South America. We are learning more about the teenage spies' backgrounds in each book which ties them all together. There is a cliffhanger to lead into the final book in this series.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Pat Eroh
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I think each book is getting better and better as we get know the players and what they do. I love this one, possibly because of my Native American background, but this story held my interest even more than prior books in this series. I love the characters and this author is a wonderful writer as she takes me into the story.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Maria Langella  Langella-Sorgie
Loved this next adventure of GIGI and The Specialists! This is such a fun spy series and enjoyable for all ages. Quick easy reads and Shannon Greenland takes you on such a fun ride. I received a free copy from the author through Voracious Readers Only.
Meg GlitteryOtters
3.5 stars
Amanda Cole
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very well written. Keeps your attention while you are waiting on the next surprise. Good read
Cara
An interesting continuation of the series. This installment looks more into Parrot's back story.
Ally
Jul 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Krista
Feb 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, 2017, series
I love Parrot. Honestly I wish I could speak and learn languages as quickly as he could. That would be the coolest thing ever. I could go anywhere and know the language and not have to worry and it would be great. Gigi and Parrot's friendship and relationship is so wonderful and supportive of each other. They work well together as a team and there for each other as friends and teammates.
5/5 for nostalgic reasons.
Jeff Crosby
Aug 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mary
May 27, 2008 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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.
(7-31-08)
T.M. Carper
Aug 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Lauren
Mar 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some parts could have been written better and GiGi could have been hurt. Wish nothing had happened between David and her.
Shawna
Apr 25, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like this short, easy-to-read series; but I wish they had a little more "spyness." It's a fun idea.
Vivien
Aug 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is more intense compared to the first three books. Can't wait to read the last one!!
Lara Bartolome
Oct 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
April 3, 2012 - Finished reading Book 5: Fight to the Finish
Marissa
Jan 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Prolly my favorite one about to read the 5th
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