A spy in the house / Y.S. Lee.

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  • Additional Information
    • Publication Information:
      1st U.S. ed.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: Rescued from the gallows in 1850s London, young orphan and thief Mary Quinn is offered a place at Miss Scrimshaw's Academy for Girls where she is trained to be part of an all-female investigative unit called The Agency and, at age seventeen, she infiltrates a rich merchant's home in hopes of tracing his missing cargo ships.
    • Notes:
      Originally published: London : Walker Books, 2009.
    • ISBN:
      9780763640675 : SAL
      0763640670 : SAL
    • Accession Number:
      2009032736
    • Accession Number:
      fay.300588
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      LEE, R.; LI, R. A spy in the house. [s. l.]: Candlewick Press, 2010. ISBN 9780763640675. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.300588. Acesso em: 16 dez. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Lee R, Li R. A Spy in the House. Candlewick Press; 2010. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.300588. Accessed December 16, 2019.
    • APA:
      Lee, R., & Li, R. (2010). A spy in the house. Candlewick Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.300588
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Lee, Rushang, and Rushang Li. 2010. A Spy in the House. The Agency: Bk. 1. Candlewick Press. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.300588.
    • Harvard:
      Lee, R. and Li, R. (2010) A spy in the house. Candlewick Press (The Agency: bk. 1). Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.300588 (Accessed: 16 December 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Lee, R & Li, R 2010, A spy in the house, The Agency: bk. 1, Candlewick Press, viewed 16 December 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Lee, Rushang, and Rushang Li. A Spy in the House. Candlewick Press, 2010. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.300588.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Lee, Rushang, and Rushang Li. A Spy in the House. The Agency: Bk. 1. Candlewick Press, 2010. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.300588.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Lee R, Li R. A spy in the house [Internet]. Candlewick Press; 2010 [cited 2019 Dec 16]. (The Agency: bk. 1). Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.300588

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2010 January #1

She was sentenced to the gallows at age 12. Pickpocket Mary Quinn doesn't care. Her life, nasty and brutish, will also be blessedly short. Then, shockingly, she's rescued and ensconced at Miss Scrimshaw's Academy for Girls. When readers meet Mary after this prologue, she is 17 and bored with her teaching job at the Academy. Happily, there's more going on there than learning. Mary is recruited into the Agency, a secret band of women investigators. Her first job is ostensibly to be a lady's companion. Actually, she's at the Thorold home to observe and discover what she can about the mysterious sinking of Thorold's ships. But Mary's not much for observing and soon finds herself in the midst of murder. The new Agency series is what you'd expect, very well done, and a little more. Mary's feisty, the mystery is solid (if a little boring), and the romantic interest is reminiscent of Jane Austen's Darcy. The secret of Mary's parentage will make an interesting string to run through succeeding books. V for vivid Victoriana. Copyright 2010 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2010 Fall

Saved from a death sentence, Mary becomes a student at a girls' academy that secretly trains covert agents. With her education complete, Mary joins "The Agency," an all-female spy organization, and accepts her first assignment. Though the mystery contains many sub-plots, it manages to still run smoothly. The excellent Victorian-era details add intrigue. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

PW Reviews 2010 February #1

Set in the richly described underbelly of Victorian London, Lee's debut novel launching the Agency trilogy introduces feisty Mary Quinn. At the 11th hour, 12-year-old Mary is rescued from hanging (for thievery) and taken to Miss Scrimshaw's Academy for Girls, a school doubling as a secret training ground for female private detectives. When Mary turns 17, she is selected for a case requiring her to spy on a wealthy merchant by serving as a companion to his spoiled, petulant daughter, Angelica Thorold. Mr. Thorold is suspected of pirating valuable artifacts from India, and it turns out that James Easton, the younger brother of one of Angelica's suitors, is on Thorold's trail as well. Through the many and somewhat contrived plot twists, Mary's skills are tested; she prevails with Easton's help and attentions, partly belying the story's feminist tenor. A subplot revolves around a family secret Mary tries to keep buried. If cultural issues at times feel like they are being addressed with a modern sensibility, Mary's lively escapades, on the whole, will hold readers' attention and whet their interest for the next installment. Ages 12–up. (Mar.)

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