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Dawn Buckle spends most of her days trying to get people to notice her, but whether at home or at school, it's as if she's invisible. And that's exactly what makes her the ideal recruit for S.H.H. (Strictly Hush Hush)—a secret intelligence agency. How the world's most forgettable girl transform herself into a world-class spy (and brings in a surprising double agent) makesDawn Buckle spends most of her days trying to get people to notice her, but whether at home or at school, it's as if she's invisible. And that's exactly what makes her the ideal recruit for S.H.H. (Strictly Hush Hush)—a secret intelligence agency. How the world's most forgettable girl transform herself into a world-class spy (and brings in a surprising double agent) makes for a rollicking read....

Title : Dawn Undercover
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ISBN : 9781599900025
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 368 Pages
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Dawn Undercover Reviews

  • Oda Renate
    2019-05-10 01:14

    fave from when I was younger. adding it to my shelves now.

  • Anne
    2019-04-21 02:59

    this was one of the first books i really loved.i wanted to be a spy at that age. ;) i read it in dutch. its such a lovely book! you people should go read this!

  • Maya
    2019-05-01 04:09

    Really Really Good.!!!! You get into it straight away and it's good for any reader

  • Pop Bop
    2019-04-28 05:11

    Le Carre for the Middle Grade SetThis book offers an appealing combination - an engaging girl hero and a fairly complicated spy novel. At least to me, Anna Dale always writes sly, slightly vinegary books, and this seems like a book that might appeal very much to a confident, ambitious middle grade reader.We start out with a good straightforward running joke. Dawn, for some reason, is always overlooked or unnoticed by people. At the outset we follow Dawn as she has to wait at a school crossing for another school kid to show up because the crossing guard just doesn't register Dawn waiting alone to cross. We follow Dawn's day as time after time she just seems to be invisible to everyone, including her own parents. At one point Dawn is absolutely thrilled because a passing motorist seems to actually look at and see her. Turns out, this motorist is a recruiter for a spy agency and is on the lookout for just such an invisible girl as Dawn. With that, the spy adventure begins. Dawn is recruited and trained. She is sent into the field to track down the most famous traitor/spy in England. Action, adventure, disguises, double identities, crosses and doublecrosses, and lurking and spying follow. The plot bobs and weaves; it really does feel like John Le Carre was whispering into Dale's ear as she plotted this out.The result is a mixed bag, in the sense that this is a couple of different books, and it all doesn't fit together exactly seamlessly. Dawn is often deadpan funny and she has a dry wit and observational skills well above the ordinary. But she is deeply attached to her stuffed donkey. She is both shy and fearless, hesitant and assertive, childish and mature. That's fine. But when we get to Dawn's training, there is a lot of, well, training. You actually feel like you're in the bowels of M-5 or M-1 or whichever M the spy agency is. Then we get out into the field and we have an actual Cold War style spy novel. But with some kid friendly jokes. But with a lot of talk about agency budget cuts. Around here we have added in all of Dawn's fellow agents. They're all adults and sometimes these sections read like an adult spy novel that just happens to have a kid at the margins. Except for the fact that there is some broad middle grade humor blended in with the dry adult humor; and a stuffed animal.The upshot is that you get fine and clever writing, wide variations in style and tone, a tricky but sometimes silly plot, and this wonderful little girl wandering around in the thick of it. It seems to me that a young reader would very much like and identify with Dawn, and that this would carry that reader through the denser chapters. Given the rewards to be found, including great humor and wry insight, on balance this seems an interesting choice for a confident reader who's willing to take a bit of a chance.Please note that I found this book while browsing in our local library. I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.

  • Lise
    2019-05-09 05:12

    Dawn Buckle's family is strange. Her father and grand-father could be Aspergers with the keen interest they have in their respective hobbies: wall-clocks and game-shows. Dawn's mother always has such a lot of work she must do. When the S.H.H. (Strictly Hush-Hush) ask if Dawn can come work for them during the summer, Dawn's mother says: "So Dawn would be out from under my feet ... I mean she'd be taken care of for the whole of the summer holidays?"And I thought I was bad. I realize there are a great deal of children who live in homes where they are ignored. What a challenge this must be for the child. For Dawn, the appearance of Emma Cambridge is a gift. Finally, a person who actually notices her.You see, Dawn Buckle is the kind of girl who seems to be invisible. She could be standing next to you and you would not notice her. She is average looking and has nothing that is extraordinary about her. A lot of us fit into that category. In fact this used to be me. I'm of average looks, like comfortable clothes, am observant, have had various types of stuffed animals and like information. My parents though, well they were a bit more present and would never have let me go off on a P.S.S.T. type of stay - that is unless I had recently gotten myself into trouble.That is the trouble about us quiet ones. We are often underestimated. As Dawn finds out being underestimated is a bonus in the world of espionage. Just because she is seldom noticed does not mean that Dawn is incapable.Dawn's first lesson in spying is that things are not always as they seem. As she and Emma arrive at the headquarters of P.S.S.T. (Pursuit of Scheming Spies and Traitors) Dawn is puzzled: "Emma opened the front gate, knocking the stalk of a magnificent sunflower. Its heavy head swung to one side, revealing a sign behind it that read "Dampside Hotel".Dawn is a prime example of not being what she seems. This is a great example to young boys and girls as to how girls really are. Not all girls but a lot.For some strange reason, the apparently dead Mundo Meek seems to know too much about what is currently going on inside P.S.S.T. But is he really dead? Therein lies the mystery and the suspense.Delightful names and acronyms are used by Anna Dale. Ms. Dale has managed to create a story that is exciting, funny, interesting and informative all at the same time. Her proposed age group target of 8-12 years seems appropriate.

  • Carissa
    2019-04-27 23:22

    i think i originally checked this out because this year’s slp theme was all about mysteries and i thought it might be a good mystery book to recommend. it sat on my bedside table for a very long time but i finished reading most of it yesterday. it’s actually a spy book more than a mystery (although, of course, there is a mystery to solve). sort of reminds me of the mysterious benedict society only without the tight-knit group of spy kids–there’s really only one spy kid. and her adult cohorts. and one bumbling boy and his boisterous dog. the premise is somewhat interesting–the main character, dawn, is so average and boring that no one ever takes notice of her (not even the school crossing guard) until one day a spy agency recruits her for her amazing ability to go unnoticed. once given a taste of self-esteem, however, dawn gets a tiny bit cocky (in my opinion) but in the end still manages to remain a likeable character. it was a good book, but i’m not rushing to find a sequel.

  • Hayley
    2019-05-10 03:08

    My mother got me a copy of this when I was younger because of me going through a bit of a James Bond phase and I was hooked. I think I read the book in a weekend and spent the next couple of weeks making up secret codes with my friends. Though looking back this is more a mystery than a spy novel I found it gripping and despite the main character being female the book wasn't girly so I would happily recommend it to any child/young adult who is interested in mysteries.

  • Adrienne
    2019-04-25 06:07

    Once again, Anna Dale proves herself an exceptional author. The story is captivating, though a bit predictable at times, but overall is a splendid read. If you haven't read Dale's Whispering to Witches, read it. I liked it even better than Dawn Undercover. In fact, it was the book that led me to Dawn.

  • Shar
    2019-05-12 02:59

    I picked this one up because Karalee said Whispering to Witches is good but it wasn't at the library but this one was by the same I got it instead. :) It was a fun story and it doesn't end with a "to be continued" which is something I am coming to appreciate in these days of trilogies and such!

  • Leo
    2019-05-20 02:02

    This is a really amazing book about a girl who is trained to become a spy. She has lots of adventures undercover and it really doesn't let you go until you've finished the whole book. Plus, it has a lot of spy codes at the back.

  • Ellinor
    2019-05-18 04:06

    Dawn Undercover is a bit like a girl's version of the Alex Rider books. From an adult's perspective most of the story is naturally completely ridiculous and improbable. But for young girls this book is great entertainment.

  • Damien Malcolm
    2019-04-30 21:59

    Wonderful read. Strikes the perfect balance between an interesting, engaging childrens adventure and mature, twist-turning mystery novel. The kids loved it, every night eager to know what happens next. Kept us all guessing and wrapped up beautifully. Well done!

  • Cheryl-Lynn
    2019-05-10 02:59

    So I've decided this just isn't my genre. The preteen books have a hard time keeping my attention. This was cute though very unbelievable to me. I finished reading it just to finish but not because I felt any desire to find out the end.

  • Aaron Fitzgerald
    2019-04-27 22:00

    too predictable.

  • Audrey Arlis
    2019-04-27 03:13

    It is the best book ever for me

  • Nella
    2019-05-09 06:01

    Doesn't end as strongly as it started but OK spy story for younger children

  • Sarah
    2019-05-08 01:59

    Eleven-year-old Dawn, Rustgate Primary School's most forgettable student, is recruited for a British secret intelligence agency and sent on a spy mission to track a master criminal.

  • Veronica
    2019-05-11 23:24

    Ashlynn was meant to read this book for book club, but she didn't like it. I needed something quick to read so I choose it. It was okay, about a girl that becomes a spy.

  • Sue
    2019-04-25 02:09

    Very cute. Not as good as Whispering to Witches, but it held my interest all the way through.

  • Cheri
    2019-05-06 03:13

    This book made me cry.I read this in high school and was captivated straight away. I loved it. It's my cup of tea.

  • Elita
    2019-05-17 02:19

    I gave it 3 stars, because the book wasn't predictable; I didn't expect Larry Grahams to be Phillipa Killingbacks' father or the bad guy. It wasn't interesting though.

  • Sadhana Bala
    2019-04-30 01:06

    This book is about some young spy who wants to complete a mission successfully and wants to leave her mark in the spying headquaters.

  • Haley Keller
    2019-05-21 00:11

  • Amanda
    2019-05-11 21:56

    it was written terribly.

  • Rebecca Bussey
    2019-05-18 05:57

    Ok so this is for kids but I'm 43 and blooming loved it! If you loved Famous 5 as a kid you will love this!

  • Ellie
    2019-04-19 21:59

    This is another one of those books that, for me, you read a million times and yet still don't get tired of it.

  • Tessa
    2019-05-05 22:03

    First book by this author - great writer!

  • Kristen
    2019-04-22 01:15

    I got a trivia question about pteronophobia right today because of this book. Thank you, Dawn Undercover.

  • Anna
    2019-05-08 00:02

    This is a great book. It's about a girl, just trying to find her place in life. This author has also written a great book called, Whispering to Witches.

  • Sophie
    2019-04-30 06:02