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AGENT AMELIA

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Full Name: Amelia Kidd
Nationality: Unknown
Organization: None
Occupation Agent

Creator: Michael Broad
Time Span: 2007 - 2011

ABOUT THE SERIES

Amelia Kidd, aka Agent Amelia, is an agent with, well, no one.

In her own words at the beginning of the first recorded adventure, "I'm Amelia Kidd and I'm a secret agent. Well, I'm not actually a secret agent. I don't work for the government or anything. But I've saved the world loads of times from evil geniuses and criminal masterminds. There are loads of them around if you know what to look for." She also adds, "I'm really good at disguises. I make my own gadgets (which sometimes work), and I'm used to improvising in sticky situations - which you have to do all the time when you're a secret agent."

She has strawberry-blonde hair cut fairly short to hang straight down the side of her head to just below her ears; the hair has no curl of any sort and often has no orderly pattern other than down. She is fond of single-colored tee-shirts with an emblem in the center which looks like something between an aiming sight and a life preserver. Her lower half is housed in camo pants with several pockets include a large pouch above and the side of each knee, great for holding all sort of smal stuff. For bigger things, she has a backpack regularly full of 'stuff'. She tells her mom the heavy satchel contains 'boring school-trip stuff' but it is really full of 'secret agent stuff'.

I am not exactly sure how old Kidd is except she is still of elementary school age and based on the illustrations we find liberally strewn about the narratives of her many adventures/missions, she is likely in the last year attending that level. Tat makes it 5th or 6th grade depending on what state you are in and we are not told what state she is in except the state of always being on the lookout for those adventures/missions.

She has a couple of friends but for the most part she operates alone because secret agents need to be alone to stay secret. And being by yourself means you do not have to cajole or tease or beg those with you to sneak into those buildings you are not allowed to enter or climb over fences to enter places you are not supposed to be. And you have to do these things because villains and bad guys and other stuff that needs stopping do not always show themselves out in the open. What would be the fun in that?

Good Lines:
-Said by Amelia, "Being vague is the best thing to do when you're under interrogation". Sound advice, even if the questioner is your mother, or maybe especially then.

YOUNG ADULT BOOKS

Number of Books:4
First Appearance:2007
Last Appearance:2011

1 Ghost Diamond! Ghost Diamond!
Written by Michael Broad
Copyright: 2007

The first collection of secret agent case files of Amelia Kidd. The 3 stories are:
The Case of the Ghost Diamond
The Case of the Catnappers
The Case of the Whispering Weeds

2 Zombie Cows! Zombie Cows!
Written by Michael Broad
Copyright: 2007

The second collection of secret agent case files of Amelia Kidd. The 3 stories are
The Case of the Zombie Cows
The Case of the Perilous Pipe
The Case of the Creepy Cakes

3 Hypno Hounds Hypno Hounds
Written by Michael Broad
Copyright: 2008

The third collection of secret agent case files of Amelia Kidd. The 3 stories are
The Case of the Hypno Hounds
The Case of the Sneaky Scientist
The Case of the Terrible Teddies

4 Spooky Ballet! Spooky Ballet!
Written by Michael Broad
Copyright: 2009

The fourth collection of secret agent case files of Amelia Kidd. The 3 stories are
The Case of the Spooky Ballet
The Case of the Whistling Scarecrow
The Case of the Gobbledygook Books

4.5 Golden Casefiles Golden Casefiles
Written by Michael Broad
Copyright: 2011

A reprint collection of the first 6 secret agent case files of Amelia Kidd. The 6 stories are:
The Case of the Ghost Diamond
The Case of the Cat-Nappers
The Case of the Whispering Weeds
The Case of the Zombie Cows
The Case of the Perilous Pipe
The Case of the Creepy Cakes

NOVELLAS AND SHORT STORIES

Number of Stories:12
First Appearance:2007
Last Appearance:2009

1 The Case of the Ghost Diamond The Case of the Ghost Diamond
short story
Written by Michael Broad
Copyright: 2007

1st of 3 adventures collected in Ghost Diamond! and then reprinted in the omnibus Golden Casefiles.
"Amelia foils a daring jewel theft during a class trip to the museum, thanks to her convincing granny disguise and her mirror-on-a-stick gadget."

2 The Case of the Catnappers The Case of the Catnappers
short story
Written by Michael Broad
Copyright: 2007

2nd of 3 adventures collected in Ghost Diamond! and then reprinted in the omnibus Golden Casefiles.
"Amelia discovers the reason for all the disappearing cats in her area—they have all been trained to become burglars! Cat burglars! Luckily Amelia's quick thinking foils the robbery and catches the thieves!"

3 The Case of the Whispering Weeds The Case of the Whispering Weeds
short story
Written by Michael Broad
Copyright: 2007

3rd of 3 adventures collected in Ghost Diamond! and then reprinted in the omnibus Golden Casefiles.
"An innocent trip to the garden center results in Amelia meeting an evil genius who has cultivated a weed army to control every crop on the planet. Weed killer—and Agent Amelia smarts—to the rescue!"

4 The Case of the Zombie Cows The Case of the Zombie Cows
short story
Written by Michael Broad
Copyright: 2007

1st of 3 adventures collected in Zombie Cows! and then reprinted in the omnibus Golden Casefiles.
"Amelia visits a petting zoo where she’s chased by tick-tocking cows into the yard of pecking clockwork chickens! Time for another dastardly plan to rule the world to be stopped, with Agent Amelia on the clock."

5 The Case of the Perilous Pipe The Case of the Perilous Pipe
short story
Written by Michael Broad
Copyright: 2007

2nd of 3 adventures collected in Zombie Cows! and then reprinted in the omnibus Golden Casefiles.
"A new music teacher uses an enchanted pipe to make all the children follow her. Could it be the notorious Pied Piper’s pipe? Trust Amelia to crack the spell, though!"

6 The Case of the Creepy Cakes The Case of the Creepy Cakes
short story
Written by Michael Broad
Copyright: 2007

3rd of 3 adventures collected in Zombie Cows! and then reprinted in the omnibus Golden Casefiles.
"An innocent desire for a doughnut uncovers a fiendish plot to take over the world! As the cream from exploding cakes in the bakery smothers every surface, Amelia can be sure she has uncovered the villains!"

7 The Case of the Hypno Hounds The Case of the Hypno Hounds
short story
Written by Michael Broad
Copyright: 2008

1st of 3 adventures collected in Hypno Hounds!.
"A pack of dogs are menacing the cottage where Amelia and her mom go on vacation. Could there be a connection with the local animal shelter? Trust Amelia to foil the dastardly plan!"

8 The Case of the Sneaky Scientist The Case of the Sneaky Scientist
short story
Written by Michael Broad
Copyright: 2008

2nd of 3 adventures collected in Hypno Hounds!.
"Amelia sees the new chemistry teacher buying amazing amounts of cereal. Whatever can he be up to? Luckily Agent Amelia is ready to counter any wicked schemes he may be stirring up."

9 The Case of the Terrible Teddies The Case of the Terrible Teddies
short story
Written by Michael Broad
Copyright: 2008

3rd of 3 adventures collected in Hypno Hounds!.
"Remote-controlled, roller-skating teddies are the latest toy craze. But when Amelia goes to buy one, all the teddies in the latest shipment have disappeared, and someone is pickpocketing the customers! Amelia is soon after the psychotic criminal behind it all."

10 The Case of the Spooky Ballet The Case of the Spooky Ballet
short story
Written by Michael Broad
Copyright: 2009

1st of 3 adventures collected in Spooky Ballet!.
"Amelia is tricked into taking a dance class, but the teacher uses her class to take revenge on the local theater. It takes all of Amelia's mind control to foil her!"

11 The Case of the Whistling Scarecrow The Case of the Whistling Scarecrow
short story
Written by Michael Broad
Copyright: 2009

2nd of 3 adventures collected in Spooky Ballet!.
"A new librarian has reprogrammed all the school’s computers with intent to rule the world. But Amelia overcomes her—with a little help from the real librarian and the works of William Shakespeare!"

12 The Case of the Gobbledygook Books The Case of the Gobbledygook Books
short story
Written by Michael Broad
Copyright: 2009

3rd of 3 adventures collected in Spooky Ballet!.
"Amelia goes on a picnic with her mother, only to find out a phantom is stealing the food! Amelia soon uncovers the thieves—a flock of crows led by a scarecrow. But who’s the real mastermind? Trust Amelia to find out!"

MY COMMENTS

How about a spy series about someone who isn't a spy? Well, of course, in this compendium we have a bunch of different professionals who get through into the shadowy spy world so that it not that unusual. In the case of Amelia Kidd, that is not the case because as she puts it, she is a secret agent for no one. Makes her a bit unique.

This series for young readers is a hoot because it really does not try to be anything special other than be about a young girl who would love to be a secret agent and who makes her own opportunities to practice. I liked them.

GRADE

My Grade: B

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