February 2014, Buster Books, 128 pages, Paperback, Review copy
Themes: life for a spy, inventing things, persistence, noticing everything, lots of thinking, a lovable sidekick, new friends, extra mean mean girl, revenge,
Content: Lots of humour, many plot twists,
Summary from Buster Books
My Explosive Adventure: Eliza Boom is having a blast. With her best friend (well, dog) Einstein, she's on a mission to catch a spy - and banish the class bully while she's at it. All in a day's work for Eliza Boom, assistant inventor ... and wanna-be junior spy. With silliness and mayhem, doodles and disasters - this book is perfect for engaging younger readers.
My Fizz-Tastic Investigation: Junior spy/inventor extraordinaire, Eliza Boom, is back with a BLAST (well, more of a FIZZ actually), as she finds herself on a fizz-tastic adventure to reveal the truth about her suspicious next-door neighbour, Mrs McNice and her mysterious, humming, 'fizz-buzzing' house. Will Eliza's inventing super-skills have enough fizz to save the day? Stuffed with silliness and mayhem, doodles and disasters - this book is perfect for engaging young readers.
Eliza is quite a girl. She never gives up, she has almost endless optimism, she is determined to keep those she loves and cares for safe. Once she find the truth about her family she uses their expertise to further her own interests. These include making thing go boom, something which several of my friends would heartily enjoy since life with Eliza is often unexpectedly crazy. I fully enjoyed the diary style with Eliza's entertaining view on life.
Some disasters were obvious, others I wasn't sure about the outcome, and although it usually wasn't what Eliza expected it managed to be what she needed to help tackle the main issue of the criminals, who were extremely sneaky (but closed investigation from Eliza soon sets the reader straight). I fond of her dear furry friend and their special position for thinking which she does even when it's not that practical r and when she's alone. I definitely don't like the bullying mean girl who is accurately described by Eliza, and who ends up being central to the adventure, I'm eager for more fun and explosions from Eliza!
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Another hilarious diary series without real spies but with a mean girl is Dork Diaries which includes Dork Diaries: Party Time! by Rachel Renee Russell (Children's, 9 years +, 10E/10E)