Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

Featured Children's Book: Secret Agent Y.O.U. by Helaine Becker

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Featured Children's Book: Secret Agent Y.O.U. by Helaine Becker

Maple Tree Press, 2006

Secret Agent Y.O.U.: The Official Guide to Secret Codes, Disguises, Surveillance, and MORE! (Maple Tree Press), written by Helaine Becker and illustrated by Dave Whamond, was named the winner of the Silver Birch Award (non-fiction) at this year's Forest of Reading Awards. This is a second-time win for Becker. Her book Boredom Blasters won the Silver Birch Award in 2006. Another Maple Tree book did well in the Silver Birch category this year. Fear This Book by Jeff Szpirglas was named a Silver Birch honour book.

About Secret Agent Y.O.U: Are Y.O.U. ready to be a Young Operative Undercover? Secret Agent Y.O.U. recruits the next generation of spymasters, cryptologists, and surveillance experts. If you can train your pet gerbil to roll over, if you’re an expert crossword solver, or if you’re a pretty consistent magician, your skills may help launch your spy career.

If you think you’ve got what it takes to make James Bond shake in his shoes, this book is for you. You’ll find everything you need to know about spy tradecraft inside these covers. Challenge yourself with activities for assessing your current readiness for spy missions, and learn how to keep improving your skills over time. You’ll learn how to conduct surveillance, create and deliver coded messages, and disguise yourself so even your dog won’t recognize you. Divided into six sections inlcuding Cryptology 101, The Art of Disguise and A Peek at Surveillance, Secret Agent Y.O.U. delivers the goods for a solid foundation in spy work (also a great way to have fun on your own or with friends, er, fellow agents).

Becker’s secret blend of entertainment and education paired with Dave Whamond’s colorful cartoon-style illustrations transport secret agent trainees into a quirky world of incognito characters and action-packed scenes from the field. While an imagined poison dart, disguised as a chicken drumstick, hurtles toward your head in a Turkish market, you’ll be discovering how you can improve your reflexes and reaction time (Official Reaction Time Tester included). The missions and activities in Secret Agent Y.O.U. not only build skills required in the spy world, but also promote a positive approach to everyday routines. The ultimate mission: Use your imagination, maintain your physical fitness, and stay tuned-in to your surroundings.

From the catalogue. Read more about Secret Agent Y.O.U. at the Maple Tree Press website. Helaine Becker's website is