Annalynn the Canadian Spy: Terrible Tissues by Shawn Robinson is a slightly wacky and 100% fun Canadian mystery! This early chapter book for age 7+ is a welcome taste of home for Canadians living in the UK!
10-year-old Annalynn is just going about her everyday life and trying to look after her poorly family when, suddenly, blue and red clad strangers race into the house and steal their only box of tissues. The story becomes even more unusual when Agent Rick from the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (real spies) arrives to recruit Annalynn to their team. The fate of the world is in her hands and she must do all she can to save the day (or at least the box of tissues)!
So much of this story is reminiscent of the great Canadian author Robert Munsch and his silly stories. From Dr. L. Secord, the director of Cool Gadgets and Spy Missions, to Annalynn learning to fly a jet plane, it is one unbelievable development after another. The book finishes off with interesting lists of weird Canadian facts and laws.
As a Canadian myself, I thoroughly enjoyed the references to hockey, a moose and maple syrup. I found myself laughing out loud and wondering just what was coming next! I’ll be watching out for book two to find out what Annalynn gets up to next!
Thank you to Net Galley, BooksGoSocial and Shawn Robinson for this fun book!
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