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Mission Back to School: Top-Secret Information
Contributor(s): Hood, Susan, Lundquist, Mary (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0385384718     ISBN-13: 9780385384711
Publisher: Random House Childrens Books
    OUR PRICE: $16.85  
Product Type: Hardcover - Other Formats
Published: July 2016
Annotation: The team from Mission: New Baby embarks on an assignment to turn school into a thrilling action adventure by meeting at the bus stop checkpoint, building diplomatic relations with new friends, conducting fieldwork for science class and developing new lines of communication by learning how to read and play music. Simultaneous eBook.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
First day of school; Juvenile fiction.
Elementary schools; Juvenile fiction.
First day of school; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | School & Education
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | New Experience
- Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
Dewey: 813.54
LCCN: 2015013850
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 1-2, Age 6-7
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 11.25" H x 9.00" W x 0.30" (0.90 lbs)
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2017 Fall)
A numbered command on every page gives readers straight-faced instructions for a "mission," while corresponding illustrations show an everyday school-related activity. The agents "gather for debriefing" (sit in a circle), "practice decoding" (reading), "raid supplies" (eat lunch), and lastly "issue a final report" (share their day with family at dinnertime). Pair this appealing first-day-of-school book with genre favorites such as Ganz-Schmitt's Planet Kindergarten. Copyright 2017 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2016 May #2)

Hood and Lundquist reprise the conceit behind Mission: New Baby (2015) as they bring a secret agent sensibility to the "hunt for intelligence" (aka going to school). In numbered steps, Hood walks readers through the mission, which includes "#3. Meet intelligence officer" (that would be the teacher) and "#10. Report rogue agent" (a rabbit that has escaped its cage). Hood revels in these and numerous other puns throughout. "Watch out!" It's a sting operation!" shouts one boy, as the spies-in-training "conduct fieldwork" by observing bugs outside (including a very active beehive). During recess, twins are "double agents" and a "high-level meeting" is held atop the playground's climbing dome, all captured with warm humor in Lundquist's watercolor-and-pencil illustrations. Ages 3–7. Author's agent: Brenda Bowen, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. Illustrator's agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (July)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2016 August)

Gr 1–3—Students are treated like special agents in this tongue-in-cheek training manual for returning to spy school. The vocabulary is rich, catering to budding espionage aficionados. But Lundquist's soft, friendly sketches balance out the intrigue by depicting normal school routines. Student agents "suit up" when getting ready for school and arrive and meet their "Intelligence Officer," a bespectacled yet youthful man. They "build diplomatic relations" when making friends and practice "decoding information" while sounding out words. When the whirlwind of recapturing a suspiciously furry rogue agent is over, they return home for their final reports. VERDICT Humorous details, diverse agents, and a full day's worth of elementary school fieldwork make this an excellent choice for students on the first day of school.—Jenna Boles, Greene County Public Library, Beavercreek, OH

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