Monday, October 9, 2017

Adventure on the Sea with a K9 Spy | Review of May Saves the Day

About the Book


Undercover missions are challenging, especially with a sinister chef and a Cheetah on deck.

Agent May returns, working incognito to protect young delegates of the international Mastermind contest as they travel from Tallinn to St. Petersburg and beyond.

An elite K9 Squad and Cassidy, an unforeseen Schnauzer ally, join her to fend off Falcons and skilled Russian spies... Leading to a situation she hoped never to encounter.

My Review

Have you met May the K9 Spy? She's a talented pup who's growing in her skills and having lots of great adventures!

This series for middle-grade readers (and those who simply enjoy a good story starring our animal friends) continues with Book 4, May Saves the Day: Situation in St. Petersburg. Most of the story takes place at sea, and between the setting and the unique cast of characters, there are plenty of new things for May and her readers to learn. Some of the spy terminology might go over the readers' heads...but then again, I love how this story reminds us how smart kids can be and how much potential they have. :)

These books would be great to read aloud with an elementary-age child; May's point of view really stands out that way, as you hear the curiosity, enthusiasm, and energy in her tone. May is always coming up with new ideas, thinking about the case from new angles, and impulsively giving her all to track down leads.

As for May's friends and foes, this book is chock-full of them! There's a Cheetah on the prowl, fellow spies (but whose side are they really on?), the ship's crew, and kids from different countries. Those kids are incredibly smart, but they still have some important lessons to learn about working together, showing humility and compassion, and persevering in the face of hardship and disappointment. Great things for all readers to contemplate, as well!

Join May and the delegates she's duty-bound to guard as they discover old history and new ways of seeing the world. There are some intense moments for young ones (danger is definitely present, and the bad guys aren't always spared), but the adventure and discussion points are worthwhile. And, as with other books in this series, the illustrations add to the unfolding drama...while showing May's cute side. ;)

*With thanks to the author for providing me with an e-copy of the book.*

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May the K9 Spy (and KC Frantzen) said...

Thank you, Mrs. Holcomb!
Know you are so busy, and very much appreciate your honest reviews.

Amber Holcomb said...


My pleasure! I'm so sorry the review is coming so late, but I certainly appreciate the opportunity to join May on her latest adventure. :) Thank you!