Mac Saves the World (Mac B., Kid Spy #6)

by Mac Barnett (Author) Mike Lowery (Illustrator)

Mac Saves the World (Mac B., Kid Spy #6)
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Series: Mac B., Kid Spy

Mac B. is on another secret mission in this totally true kid spy adventure from New York Times bestselling author, Mac Barnett!

The Queen of England calls on her trusty spy, Mac B., once again. This time, Mac must navigate secret tunnels beneath the Berlin Wall in order to retrieve cheat codes from a Soviet scientist. Floppy disk in hand, our hero finds himself trapped in East Germany, stuck between the wall and the Stasi. How will he escape? Well it is 1989, and walls do fall down.


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Review quotes

Praise for Top Secret Smackdown (Mac B., Kid Spy #3):

Exciting action sneakily infused with points about the relationship between reality and story, delivered by a narrator who can claim with literal truth that he saved the day on porpoise. — Kirkus Reviews

Mac, kid spy international, is back! On special assignment from the Queen of England herself, Mac drops everything back in the United States to assist in a missing raven caper in which the Russians may be involved. This short chapter book, with a familiar graphic style from previous volumes, does not disappoint. Mac travels all the way to Iceland to track down spies and the Queen's beloved corgis somehow get entangled in the adventures as well. Silly high jinks ensue as Mac saves the day in this third installment. VERDICT Highly recommended for fans of the series, this title features more of the wacky humor they have come to expect. — School Library Journal

Praise for The Impossible Crime (Mac B., Kid Spy #2): :

A New York Times bestseller!

Barnett opens his casebook again-this time to solve a classic locked-room mystery...Almost every page contains Lowery's illustrations, loosely drawn and garishly colored in green and orange, which give the whole affair a zany feel that is much enhanced by the narrative with its running gags. Kudos to a pint-size Poirot, pre-Mustache! - Booklist

Barnett's signature dry wit and snappy back-and-forths, particularly between the ingenuously sincere Mac and the standoffish Queen, keep the story steadily moving forward; a convoluted historical account of Colonel Blood's attempted robbery...Lowery's cartoony spot art, in black, green, and orange, provides additional historical and cultural information and frequently supports the narrative. - Horn Book

Barnett and Lowery team up again in this second outing of international espionage mystery with royal overtones... this is a nifty mystery for young readers and a worthy sequel to the first. - Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Mac Undercover (Mac B., Kid Spy #1):

A New York Times bestseller

An Amazon Best Book of 2018

* Barnett and Lowery bring the funny to the serious art of espionage in a perfect interplay of text and illustration...Barnett interweaves tidbits of global history fit for trivia lovers, while Lowery's comic-style images play a key role in the humor...Told with a sense of nostalgia for 1980s history and pop culture, the silliness and originality of this book will hook young readers. — School Library Journal, starred review

Barnett takes his readers on a fun-filled ride...Barnett's tone throughout the story is humorous, lighthearted, and a little glib, and the over-the-top story is sure to appeal to many readers...an enjoyable romp that will leave readers salivating for the sequel. — Kirkus Reviews

[Barnett's] riotous series debut as an adult recalling a 1980s childhood caper...goofy, two-color pictures by Lowery (the Doodle Adventure series) ramp up the silliness of this adventure...which should snare even the most hesitant readers. —Publishers Weekly

Barnett's knack for both quirky situational humor and heartfelt sentiment work in tandem to create a balanced-while still outrageous-early-chapter-book caper. Lowery's frequent cartoony black, yellow, and blue spot illustrations are integral to the narrative, providing clues to eagle-eyed readers and enhancing the humor. —The Horn Book

Barnett's series falls squarely in line with works from Jon Scieszka's and Dav Pilkey's oeuvres, offering kids another solid choice for what to read next. — The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Funny as a crumpet. (But truly, secretly a hundred times smarter.)—Jon Scieszka, author of Caldecott Honor The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales and the New York Times bestselling series Frank Einstein.

With a perfectly absurd premise, dialogue that demands outlandish accents, and a plot that interweaves global history and complete silliness, Barnett royally nails it. —Abby Hanlon, author of the Dory Fantasmagory series.

Praise for Mac Barnett:

[Mac Barnett is] a great young writer of books for young people. If you haven't read his work, run somewhere and do that. Books for young people have a rich and I daresay limitless future—knock anyone who says otherwise into a ditch—and Mac has a central place within that limitless future. Don't bet against him or anyone like him. —Dave Eggers

[In Barnett's books] there is no magic solution to any problem: The characters stumble through their dilemmas just as every one of us does. The world is a difficult yet good place, and there is no need for the typical rose-colored lenses that other children's books put on situations in order to fend off the bad stuff. —Yiyun Li

He is a believer that picture books can have Swiftian absurdity and untidy endings, and that 'life is absurd, and kids know that.'— The San Francisco Chronicle

Mac Barnett
Mac Barnett is the author of the Brixton Brother series and several picture books, including Guess Again! and Chloe and the Lion (both illustrated by Adam Rex), and the New York Times bestseller Extra Yarn. He's on the board of directors of 826LA, a nonprofit writing center, and founded the Echo Park Time Travel Mart, a convenience store for time travelers. Mac lives in Oakland, California.

Marla Frazee is a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Picture Book and two-time Caldecott Honor winner. She is the author-illustrator of many books, including The Boss Baby, the book that inspired the DreamWorks Animation film Boss Baby. She has illustrated many acclaimed picture books, including God Got a Dog by Cynthia Rylant; Stars by Mary Lyn Ray; and Everywhere Babies by Susan Meyers. She is also the illustrator of the New York Times bestselling Clementine chapter books by Sara Pennypacker. The mother of three grown sons, she lives in Pasadena, California. Visit her at MarlaFrazee.com.

Classification
Fiction
ISBN-13
9781338742459
Lexile Measure
N/A
Guided Reading Level
N/A
Publication date
May 20, 2021
Series
Mac B., Kid Spy

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