Do you notice a pattern with my reads? How I intersperse adult fiction with young adult fiction? I have actually grown to enjoy my YA reads although I sure railed against it for a long time. Even as a child of eight and nine I was reading adult books. I've always felt that the YA material was too juvenile for me. I'm not sure if I have grown to appreciate it or if I found out that that's not always the case. As in this book.
KIKI STRIKE: INSIDE THE SHADOW CITY by Kirsten Miller (Bloomsbury Children's Books, c2006, ISBN 1-58234-960-6) is a fabulous romp through a hidden subterranean world of New York City. The book includes five delinquent Girl Scouts, each with their own special talents (Ananka Fishbein, Betty, Oona, Luz and Dee Dee) led by Super Spy Kiki Strike. Together they explore the underground tunnels of NYC called the Shadow City - while Kiki has an agenda of her own. The book is also filled with fun and interesting tips including how to follow someone, the perfect disguise, etc. Written for the 12-15 year old set, I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend it to all of my old peers and co-workers from Camp Tahigwa.
The book begins:
Until the age of twelve, I led what most people would consider an unexceptional life.