The secret life of Kitty Granger

G. D. 1982- Falksen

Book - 2021

"In 1960s London, sixteen-year-old Kitty Granger, a working-class girl on the autism spectrum, is recruited as a spy for the British government and must help bring down a group of unreformed Nazis hiding in plain sight"--

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Genres
Young adult fiction
Historical fiction
Thrillers (Fiction)
Novels
Published
Minneapolis, MN : Carolrhoda Lab [2021]
Language
English
Item Description
Includes topics for discussion.
Physical Description
274 pages ; 22 cm
Audience
Ages 11-18.
Grades 7-9.
ISBN
9781541597969
1541597966
1541599314
9781541599314
Main Author
G. D. 1982- Falksen (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

When Kitty Granger follows a mysterious man off the bus, she has no idea that her curiosity will land her in the clutches of Russian agents. But she's no mere damsel. Kitty relies on keen observation and East End toughness to surprise her captors, catching the eye of Her Majesty's spy corps, which offers her a spot as an agent-in-training. Kitty must learn quickly, as a conspiracy rooted in the highest levels of British government will require Kitty's eye for detail to thwart it. Falksen sets Kitty's story in 1960s London, inviting comparisons to the larger-than-life exploits of James Bond. But unlike Bond, Kitty is anything but smooth at the outset. Many of her behaviors, such as an obsession with patterns, are often exhibited by those diagnosed with autism, yet some of these traits lend themselves quite well to the spy business. Readers will follow Kitty through her initial struggles and celebrate her growth in both ability and self-confidence. All in all, this rip-roaring tale starring a compelling heroine will satisfy anyone looking for a fun, quirky adventure. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Booklist Reviews

When Kitty Granger follows a mysterious man off the bus, she has no idea that her curiosity will land her in the clutches of Russian agents. But she's no mere damsel. Kitty relies on keen observation and East End toughness to surprise her captors, catching the eye of Her Majesty's spy corps, which offers her a spot as an agent-in-training. Kitty must learn quickly, as a conspiracy rooted in the highest levels of British government will require Kitty's eye for detail to thwart it. Falksen sets Kitty's story in 1960s London, inviting comparisons to the larger-than-life exploits of James Bond. But unlike Bond, Kitty is anything but smooth at the outset. Many of her behaviors, such as an obsession with patterns, are often exhibited by those diagnosed with autism, yet some of these traits lend themselves quite well to the spy business. Readers will follow Kitty through her initial struggles and celebrate her growth in both ability and self-confidence. All in all, this rip-roaring tale starring a compelling heroine will satisfy anyone looking for a fun, quirky adventure. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 5–8—Kitty Granger is not an ordinary 16-year-old—she can find a secret door in a heartbeat and can solve any puzzle in an instant. Despite this, she's managed to create a run-of-the-mill life for herself. When a spy waltzes into her father's store, job offer in hand, Kitty knows her life will never be ordinary again. As she sets off on a mission to save all of Britain from tyranny, she realizes there is much more to spying than sneaking around. Will Kitty be able to complete her mission, or will she let her mind—her greatest asset, as well as her greatest liability—take over? It is intriguing to follow Kitty, a teen on the autism spectrum, as she navigates post-war Britain. Her obliviousness and resentment of her disorder provide eye-opening insight into how a person on the autism spectrum may have viewed themselves before autism became a more understood disability. Kitty is a nuanced character—she is brash and headstrong, but brave and genuine. Other characters are also incredibly charming, and the dynamic between the heterogeneous set of characters is light and comedic. Kitty is cued as white. VERDICT A fun thriller spotlighting a neurodivergent protagonist, appropriate for middle school readers.—Moksha Davaloor, Carroll H.S. Lib., Southlake, TX Copyright 2020 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"In 1960s London, sixteen-year-old Kitty Granger, a working-class girl on the autism spectrum, is recruited as a spy for the British government and must help bring down a group of unreformed Nazis hiding in plain sight"--