Dirk Daring, Secret Agent

Category: Book
By (author): Becker, Helaine
Series: Dirk Daring, Secret Agent
Subject:  JUVENILE FICTION / Age 7-10 Canadian
  JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Stepfamilies
  JUVENILE FICTION / Imagination & Play
  JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship
Awards: CCBC Best Books (2015) Commended
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Published: October 2014
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 7.50in x 6.00in x 0.50in
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Additional Notes

From The Publisher*When Darren Dirkowitz's evil stepbrother (code name Waldo) gets hold of Darren's tippity-top-secret spy journal, he threatens to expose it to the entire Preston Middle School student body. Unless, that is, Darren starts doing his dirty work for him. Now Darren's got to use the oh-so-cloak-and-daggery skills he's honed in his secret alternate life as Dirk Daring, Secret Agent to spy on kids at school. Naturally, he also sets up a separate, sneaky surveillance program to unearth Waldo's own secrets. As more and more ugly truths are exposed, new alliances are forged and old friendships broken. Can Darren learn to be true to himself and build real friendships for the first time in his life? Or will he retreat back into his exciting but imaginary shadow world?
From The Publisher*Darren Dirkowitz (aka Dirk Daring, Secret Agent)'s spy missions are interrupted when his stepbrother gets hold of his top-secret notebook.
From The Publisher*Mission interruptus.
From The Publisher*Mel is tormented by thoughts that she may be responsible for her best friend's suicide attempt.
Review Quote*"Friendships are strongly tested throughout the novel, which is peppered with imaginative turns of phrase and bursts of energy. The book is an enjoyable and quirky read...These are real kids behaving with all the creativity and energy one would expect of them. But beneath all the play and humor is a genuine emotional core, exploring the trials and tribulations all friendships endure when moving from elementary school on to junior high. A stunning last-minute twist pushes the book above and beyond. A clever romp that's enhanced, not lessened, by its message."
Review Quote*"Even a trip to the grocery store to buy hamburger buns can become a super, secret spy mission when you're Dirk Daring, secret agent (a.k.a. Darren Dirkowitz)...Excerpts from Darren's spy notebook are amusing and give insight into characters. Dirk Daring, Secret Agent is a quick, enjoyable read with plenty of potty humor to reel in reluctant readers."
Review Quote*"Full of wisecracking jokes, shifting alliances, and betrayals, Becker's school-day caper offers a steady stream of surprises and laughs. Darren maintains a deadpan, noir-ish tone ('No one must know of my covert actions. Therefore, I use ultimate discretion and a steady hand to obtain my ink') even when, for instance, he's using his own urine as invisible ink."
Review Quote*"The nonstop action, evolving plot, fleshed-out characters, gross-out jokes, intermittent cartoonish illustrations, and overarching themes of friendship and self-discovery should resonate with middle school readers. Recommend this to fans of Sammy Keyes and Hunter Moran."
Review Quote*"Becker has created a delightful hero in underdog, Darren Dirkowitz...Chock full of code names and encrypted missions, comic doodles and handwritten editorial comments, Dirk Daring, Secret Agent is a high-energy race car speeding to what looks like certain disaster. But underneath is a gentle and thoughtful look at the scary parts of being ten years old...A highly imaginative and enjoyable read and the underlying message adds to, rather than detracts from the fun."
Review Quote*"Both a sophisticated and acceptable middle-grade read, balancing potty humor with irony and witty sarcasm while offering a nicely complicated noir-like plot in a straightforward style. Darren/Dirk makes an appealing narrator, confident in his espionage abilities but less so in his social graces. The various twists in the story keep the pages turning...An attractive puzzle that will leave reluctant readers feeling triumphant both in their reading and sleuthing skills."