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Fiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 128
Themes: humor, mystery, mentalism, kid spy, sleuth
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 13/Apr/2021
Fry Reading Level: 2.7
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Angus and his best buddy, Shahid, equipped with rearview sunglasses and an informant who lurks in the washroom, bungle their way through a series of hilarious encounters.

Angus and Shahid share a love of science and their robot, Gordon. But recently, the artistic Ella Eckles has had a peculiar effect on Angus. When a stink bomb at the school provides a chance for him to talk to her, Angus claims to share her interest in reading facial expressions and declares his ambition to become a crime-solving mentalist. He impresses Ella by identifying the stink bomber, but fails to mention he witnessed the kid setting off the bomb. When Ella's treasured sketchbook is stolen, she asks Angus to find the thief. Shahid thinks Angus should confess that he's not a mentalist, but Angus is certain he can learn to read people and recover Ella's sketchbook.

CM Magazine
"With relatable emotions and well placed moments of humour, Denman slips readers easily into Angus's head. Best friend Shahid acts as an excellent foil and also creates spots of tension that give their relationship a realistically rocky trajectory...With plenty of wit and seamless movement...Agent Angus reads fluidly enough for any reluctant reader to sail through."
"Fast and funny, with many surprising twists and turns, this short, clever mystery in the Orca Currents series will grab avid and reluctant readers with the contemporary drama of secrets, sleuthing, and romance...The tension will hook readers to the last page."


YALSA Quick Picks nominee  | 2013 | Short-listed

Middle-school fiction
for reluctant readers

Key Features:

Contemporary stories

Compelling characters

Ideal for Lit Circles

Ideal for Independent Reading

Teaching Resources:

Teachers' Guides

Accelerated Reader
Lexile levels


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