Jack Dervish: you won't soon forget him!
If your virtual shelf of smart young reader favorites includes any of today's top junior spy novels alongside the Harry Potter and Lemony Snicket series or anything by Roald Dahl, make room: you'll be putting Jack Dervish, Super Spy right there with them.
Kids and adults alike will empathize with super-smart yet socially awkward Jack Dervish's earnest desire to fit in – which can be pretty complicated when you've been living on your own since you were four and trying to keep the world safe from nasty, vindictive evildoers, some of whom might incidentally happen to be your best friend's father and missing parents' nemesis, as well.
This book is a well-mixed blend of light and dark whimsy in a contemporary UK setting complete with teenage hackers and laptops in the schools. The pages turn themselves thanks to characters you root for, interlocking mysteries, and plenty of way-cool gadgetry and edgy spy-kid action.
Check it out. But be warned: once you're done, you'll likely want more.