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Power Play (Mrs. Smith's Spy School for Girls)

Review

Power Play (Mrs. Smith's Spy School for Girls)

Abby Hunter and her friends are back and ready to solve crime and save the world in POWER PLAY, the sequel to MRS. SMITH’S SPY SCHOOL FOR GIRLS. After the events of the first book, Abby and Toby have been banned from the Center and can no longer participate in the espionage side of the boarding school. With Abby’s mother as the interim headmaster, it is even harder for them to get into trouble --- but of course they find themselves in an international spy mission when Toby’s father goes missing.

"While this is a fun adventure story, at the heart of it is a mystery...I am interested to see where the series goes."

In POWER PLAY, there is much more of a focus on Abby and her two close female friends who aid in Abby’s adventure to find Toby’s father and eventually find Toby as well. This sequel focuses once again on the power of teamwork and friendship, which are strong themes that young readers can relate to despite this imaginative story.

Toby’s father, Drexel, has created a virtual reality game called Monster Mayhem, (which reminded me a lot of Pokemon Go) that the kidnapper has used to give Toby clues as to where his father was. I really loved this aspect of the world that the author created. It was recognizable for the reader because this is a new common game style, but also added a fun layer to the story.

The overall plot could have been stronger. As Abby acquired new information about the case it seemed like the story would go in a completely new direction and I would forget what the point of the mission was. The first book had a much tighter plot, whereas this one focused much more on character. While this is a fun adventure story, at the heart of it is a mystery and I think the attention to detail got lost.

The story ended once again on a bit of a cliff hanger and I am interested to see where the series goes. I really want to see Abby and the gang grow and become better spies as the series continues and matures. Fans of adventure stories will adore this girl-power focused spy series!

Reviewed by Dana Cuadrado on July 24, 2018

Power Play (Mrs. Smith's Spy School for Girls)
(Mrs. Smith's Spy School for Girls #2)
by Beth McMullen