Agent Asha: Mission Shark Bytes by Sophie Deen, illustrated by Anjan Sarkar

Publication Date: 02 July 2020

The Blurb

Computer code just got dangerous in this action-packed spy adventure series

Asha Joshi has the perfect excuse not to finish her homework. She’s just been recruited to join the top-secret Children’s Spy Agency. Her first mission: SAVE THE WORLD. Can she do it? Asha’s a coder so she should be able to hack into the biggest tech company in the world, fight deadly sharks and figure out why the Internet has stopped working. All before bedtime. Easy, right?

The Review

Brilliant fun from the very beginning, with bags to learn and codes to crack along the way.

Asha is smart, kind and capable as the newly appointed agent for the CSA. Her enthusiasm for anything tech and coding shines through as she sets out with her critical thinking, coding skills and a rather clever water bottle, and with Nannybot and a very social-media savvy robotic hamster, to keep her company.

Fake news, internet safety and coding are all covered in easy to follow fact pages interspersed within the story. There is also reams of information at the end, including facts on everything from a swimmer saved by a selfie stick to the real life Hedy. I especially enjoyed Asha’s family tree, showing how diverse her family is.

Anjan Sarkar’s illustrations, which feature on nearly every spread of this highly illustrated chapter book, are full of fun and capture the tension of the fast paced plot.

With an ending that sets us up for more, I’m really looking forward to what the CSA has in store for Asha, Tumble and Nannybot next.

I may have got my school bubble to decipher the chapter headings for me too…

Chapter 1: Can You Read This?

Huge thanks to Walker Books for inviting me to take part in the #AgentAsha Blog Tour. Do make sure you check out all of the other stops. You can also win a copy here.

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