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Full Name: Joe [No Last Name Given]
Nationality: American
Organization: Unnamed Agency
Occupation Agent

Creator: Kate Scott
Time Span: 2013 - 2015


Joe is a spy-in-training.

Joe is all we know him by. If there is a last name given, I could not find it. We see lots of references to Joe, of course since he is the star of the adventures. There are a reasonable number of Mom and Dad references and a good deal of comments about Sam (more on her in a moment) but last names are not given. They are given for some of the people that Joe runs across but that is normal because kids Joe's age must always be polite and use Miss or Mrs. or Mr. as appropriate.

Now on to the spy-in-training. This is the part that Joe is so very excited about because all his life (okay, being as how he is apparently around 8 years old, that's not all that many years) he has been a huge, huge, big time, major fan of spy books. At least I guess so because the only series he talks about is about 'Dan McGuire'. He loves the Dan McGuire series of what sounds like awesome spy books. They have great names like 'Dan McGuire and the Six-Legged Invasion' and 'Dan McGuire and the Case of the Chipped China'. Joe has learned a lot about being a spy just from reading those stories and I think he has read everyone several times.

But back to the training part. How did a young kid get to be in training for how to be a spy?

His parents are spies. He did not know that when we meet him in the first recorded adventure. Mom and Dad were, well, just Mom and Dad. Except it turns out they were also spies. And their covers were blown. Someone told someone else something and now really bad people are out looking for them. Be on the lookout for a woman who looks like Mom and a man who looks like Dad. Oh, and they have a young son named Joe so look for him, too.

So to protect themselves, they packed up and moved to a new town. They took new identities (still don't know any last name!) and wore disguises all the time too but there was still the matter of the boy who looked like Joe. That's when they came up with the horrible, terrible, don't-even-think-it idea that they could disguise Joe as ... Josie. Yep. Mom decides the best way to hide 'him' is as a 'her'.

Mom and Dad know the truth, naturally, as does Joe. And so does Sam who is the girl Joe's age in the neighborhood they move to because she figured it out and since then she had been getting the same spy training that Joe does because, well, she wants it and she knows the truth and all. And when there are these training sessions and occasionally a real actual no-kidding mission, she gets to take part, too. Which is good because she is all sorts of good with athletics which Joe isn't so much.

And she is really used to wearing girl stuff which Joe is not either. And a whole lot of the three adventures of Joe, one of the spies in disguise, is about dressing up like a girl. Yuch!


Number of Books:3
First Appearance:2013
Last Appearance:2015

1 Boy In Tights Boy In Tights
Written by Kate Scott
Copyright: 2013

"The day starts out like any other until Joe gets home to find his parents packed and ready to run! His dad hands him a disguise and they’re out the door, his mom driving the family to safety as if she were in a Formula 1 car while his dad works the dashboard like an experienced computer hacker. What is going on?
Joe’s parents are no ordinary mom and dad. As professional spies, they are experts in their field, but they’ve been undercover so long that they thought their secret was safe! Now, their covers have been blown, and they’re going to need to start over somewhere else. This time, Joe’s in on the mission. And he’s going to have to go undercover. As a girl."
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2 Boy In A Tutu Boy In A Tutu
Written by Kate Scott
Copyright: 2014

"Joe thought he had the hang of this undercover thing. Sure, he has to dress up as a girl and change his name to “Josie” to keep his family safe, but he can still play soccer, and his new friend Sam knows his secret so he at least has someone to talk to. Not to mention, it’s finally time for Joe and Sam to learn how to be proper spies—gadgets and all! Joe is prepared to prove to his parents that he’s ready for a big mission.
Their first mission isn’t exactly what either of them had in mind, though. Joe and Sam have to go undercover . . . as ballerinas! Joe isn’t thrilled about the idea of wearing a tutu, but he’s more than ready to track down the potential thief of a soccer memorabilia exhibit at the local community center. He will dance like a flamingo if it means keeping the coveted keepsakes of his favorite sport safe."
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3 Boy In Heels Boy In Heels
Written by Kate Scott
Copyright: 2015

"Spies-in-training Joe and Sam have one last mission to complete before Joe's family is moved on and Joe can finally ditch the dresses and stop pretending to be 'Josie'. They have to handle a series of top-secret collections using their growing stealth skills - not to mention the latest gadgets from HQ - it's perfect! At least, it is until Joe's spy mum is put in danger and needs an urgent body double . . . Joe's disguise is about to become a lot taller!
Can he walk in high heels well enough - and learn what it means to not only be a spy, but also a parent - to fool the enemies and save his family from discovery?"
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I was always taught that if you didn't have something good to say about something, say nothing. That being the case ....

Umm ...

Maybe ...

Nope! I can't think of ... well, okay, the writing is pretty darn good even if the storylines and the concept and the implementation and the whole everything else is ... back to silence here.

Seriously, I do not know nor have I any idea why this very young children's book needed to be made. Why did the Mom need to dress her young boy as a girl? I mean, the books tell us but even after reading the explanation, umm, Nope!!


My Grade: C-


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