Velvet Undercover by Teri Brown
In the midst of World War I, 17-year-old Samantha Donaldson serves her country as a home front messenger for the intelligence organization MI5. After her father disappears on a diplomatic mission, she continues her studies of languages, mathematics, and complex puzzles, only to find that her father is either missing, or dead. Samantha is asked to join the famed and secretive women’s spy group, La Dame Blanche; when she says no, the captain, claims he can find out more about her father’s whereabouts, thus forcing her to accept. She first must train, then go into Germany and serve as the governess’ assistant, teaching the Kaiser’s children, and trying to extract the most valuable British spy who is only known as Velvet, who might be in trouble.
This book was a big learning experience for me because I didn’t know anything about World War I, and after reading this book I got a general idea of what happened. I used to not like spy books or any sort of detective or mystery books, but now I think that spy books are really good and they get you to think about the works and the plots and trying to solve the mystery yourself. I love the three huge plot twists that happen on later in the story because they really tweak your perspective into something new each time. They also really blow your mind big time.
Megan C., 10 years old, 5th grade, Glorietta Elementary