March 2015, Piccadilly Press, 192 pages, Paperback, Review copy
Content: lots of humour, tissue needed
Summary from Piccadilly Press
James Bond never had to dress up as a girl . . .
Spies-in-training Joe and Sam have one last mission to complete before Joe’s family is moved on and Joe can finally ditch the dresses and stop pretending to be ‘Josie’. They have to handle a series of top-secret collections using their growing stealth skills – not to mention the latest gadgets from HQ – it’s perfect! At least, it is until Joe’s spy mum is put in danger and needs an urgent body double . . . Joe’s disguise is about to become a lot taller!
Can he walk in high heels well enough – and learn what it means to not only be a spy, but also a parent – to fool the enemies and save his family from discovery?
Kate's books are guaranteed to make me laugh, but this one made me feel like crying too. I can't imagine life for Joe without Sam, as Sam helps him so much in keeping up appearances of Joe being a girl called Josie, and being a great spy partner which every spy should have. There are slightly more moments of hilarity than gloom, but the gloomy ones linger because Joe and Sam both know they will have to say goodbye.
I welled up when that goodbye happened as it is so tragic, but like every cloud has a silver lining there is some good coming from Joe moving away. I hope there will be another book eventually, no least because I like the gadgets as much as Joe, I share his view on high heels (Though I'm super clumsy so stick to flats to avoid faceplanting and creating an onion avalanche), and I want to see him enjoy wearing trousers again. There's so much to love about him, and the way his parents are extremely strict about his safety yet he somehow manages to get around their limitations.
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Be sure to check out the other books in this fab spy series which include Spies In Disguise #1: Boys in Tights by Kate Scott (Children's, 9 years +, 10E/10E)