All About Adolescent Literacy

All about adolescent literacy. Resources for parents and educators of kids in grades 4-12.
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Spies Like Us

Most kids go through a "spy" stage, and some never grow out of it! Whether it's the gadgets, the secret identities, or the gathering of clues — spies are cool! Don't forget the The International Spy Museum and its wonderful outreach to educators.

Courage & Defiance: Stories of Spies, Saboteurs, and Survivors in WWII Denmar

Courage & Defiance: Stories of Spies, Saboteurs, and Survivors in WWII Denmar

Age Level: 9-12

When the Nazis invaded Denmark on Tuesday, April 9, 1940, the people of this tiny country to the north of Germany awoke to a devastating surprise. The government of Denmark surrendered quietly, and the Danes were ordered to go about their daily lives as if nothing had changed. But everything had changed. Award-winning author Deborah Hopkinson traces the stories of the heroic young men and women who would not stand by as their country was occupied by a dangerous enemy.

Master of Deceit: J. Edgar Hoover and America in the Age of Lies

Master of Deceit: J. Edgar Hoover and America in the Age of Lies

Age Level: 14-16

The life of FBI director J. Edgar Hoover is explored in Marc Aronson's fascinating non-fiction offering. To learn about Hoover is to learn about 20th-century American history. World War I, gangsters, the Lindbergh kidnapping, World War II, the Cold War, and the civil rights movement-Hoover was there for it all.

Secrets, Lies, Gizmos, and Spies : A History of Spies and Espionage

Secrets, Lies, Gizmos, and Spies : A History of Spies and Espionage

Age Level: 9-12

This spy history features cool gadgets and the stories of famous spies, as well as the fictional spies we know through movies and books.

Two-Minute Mysteries

Two-Minute Mysteries

Age Level: 9-12

Though this book is more for budding detectives than budding spies, it has many of the same appealing factors—listening, clue-gathering, and crime-solving. A classic that appeals to elementary-school students, this is also fun for read-alouds.

Ultimate Spy Book

Ultimate Spy Book

Age Level: 12-14

A wealth of information and photographs makes the Ultimate Spy Book the ultimate resource for teens interested in espionage.

The Bourne Identity

The Bourne Identity

Age Level: 16-18

The blockbuster Bourne Identity movies featuring Matt Damon have made Jason Bourne a household name. The bestselling books on which they are based also feature non-stop action, making this a good choice to keep older teens interested in reading.

Ark Angel

Ark Angel

Age Level: 12-14

This book is part of the highly successful series that features Alex Rider, a British teenage spy. In this entry, Alex is weary of the dangerous spy life, but after he meets little Paul in the hospital, he is back at work.

Silverfin

Silverfin

Age Level: 12-14

Even super-spy James Bond was a teenager once. In this series, we meet James as a 14-year old boarding-school student, long before he became the suave jet-setter we know and love.

Harriet the Spy

Harriet the Spy

Age Level: 9-12

Eleven-year-old Harriet follows her spy route every day, recording her findings (findings for her eyes only) in her notebook. When her classmates find the notebook, Harriet has to deal with the consequences. A few years ago, the movie gave this classic book new life, but it is still a timeless and charming read for older elementary readers.

I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You

I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You

Age Level: 14-16

Cammie attends the private Gallagher Academy, a boarding school for spies in training. The only problem is that it's an all-girls school. So when she meets a boy from town, she has to put her best skills to use to see him without letting him find out her true story, or letting her Mom find out she's sneaking around. A great chick-lit meets spy story.

Spy High: Mission One

Spy High: Mission One

Age Level: Teen

This is the first book in a series about the private Spy High, where potential spies not only attend classes but must perform missions with real consequences. Since the school is co-ed, there’s a little bit of romance too!