Let’s meet Milo Speck, Accidental Agent by Linda Urban. This fun fantasy adventure will keep middle-grade readers engaged and thinking.
Milo is a dreamer and he instantly brings us into his world. With his mother dead and his father off on yet another business trip, he’s doing one of his chores, sorting socks. And like anyone who has sorted a basket of socks, there is always one that isn’t quite right. Although the spare sock that Milo finds is too large and far too yellow, with strange powers of its own.
Milo is whisked through the dryer vent with the yellow sock, and transplanted to Ogregon, where boys are a tasty delicacy and his father’s boss, and even possibly his father, the door-to-door fence salesman are wanted criminals. Ogres have plans to ‘squash’ his father the very next day!
Oh this was fun, from Milo’s very ordinary chore opening a door to adventure and discovering just how much more he is capable of than he ever thought, A hole between the worlds show Milo that Mr. Tuckerman, his father’s boss is really Tuck, his daughter, and nothing is quite the same anymore.
With doors between the worlds that closed with buttons then laces and now zippers, this plot driven story is full of moments of whimsy. While the characters are clever, the real joy is in the multi-layered plot that pulls you from one adventure to the next. Nothing is quite as it seems, and to some people, all the strange goings on that Milo notices are simply normal. Several twists, humor and a genuine fantastical topsy turvy new world, this is a fun middle grade fantasy adventure read.
Title: Milo Speck, Accidental Agent
Author: Linda Urban
Genre: Middle Grade Fiction
Published by: HMH Books for Young Readers
Published on: 1 September 2015
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
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When magic came to Milo Speck, it came in the form of a sock. “Figures,” said Milo.
So begins Milo’s adventure in Ogregon, a place populated with hungry ogres, dino-sized turkeys, kidnapped kids, and—Dad? What’s Milo’s regular-old salesman father doing in Ogregon?
For that matter, how did a shrimp like Milo end up there? He’s no hero. He can’t help those kids. Right? But there’s no time for Milo to get the answers. After all, hungry ogres like nothing more than a tasty bite of boy, and what kid is going to stick around for that?
A fast escape back home to Downriver is all that matters—until Milo realizes that what’s really afoot in Ogregon goes far beyond an ogre quest for snack food.
And his own family may be somehow mixed up in the dastardly plot. But what can a small boy in a very big world possibly do about that?
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.