By: Jacqueline Harvey
Genre: YFCF - Crime & mystery fiction (Children's / Teenage)
Published by: Random House
Published: 3 Sep 2018
ISBN: 9780143780632


Kensy and Max are now agents-in-training at Pharos, a covert international spy network. Christmas break sees the twins back at Alexandria for training and a celebration like no other, but where are their parents and why can't they come home?

Thankfully, a school trip to Rome provides a welcome distraction. Amid the history and culture of Italy's capital, they discover a runaway boy and whisperings of Mafia involvement. It looks like Kensy and Max's harmless excursion may just turn into their very first mission.


It is not often that we put the second title of a series on our Standing Order selections, but as the first title, Breaking News, was our Book of the Month in March this year, we just had to include it! Jacqueline Harvey has not disappointed with this second title.

Kensy and Max now find themselves as Pharos agents in-training, and are spending Christmas with their Grandmother, who heads up the Pharos spy network. But their parents are still missing and Kensy and Max are desperate to know where they are and what happened to them. Could their upcoming trip to Italy put the pieces of the clues that they have together?

But Italy brings far more adventure and danger than they ever thought! With their powers of observation and inquisitive nature, Kensy and Max find themselves caught up in an international political and kidnapping drama.

This is fast paced and a great read for senior primary students, with enough back story included that you can easily read and enjoy this adventure without having read the first one!

Reviewed by Sam