ISBN 10: 0733334121
Imprint: ABC Books – AU
RRP 16.99 AUD
Confession time: Truly Tan is up to number 6 and I’ve not read any. In my defence, they are never on the library shelves long enough to snaffle one and since I taught my students how to reserve a book, they are even harder to snare!
So now having at last got my hands on one I can truthfully say I can easily see the great appeal to my girls who are such huge fans.
Tan’s family are exuberant and just a wee bit eccentric. They live in a beautifully ramshackle house in the country where animals, paddocks, creeks and bush are integral to their lives.
Tan, who fancies herself as a terrific Super Spy, is delightfully quirky and while mega-confident about her espionage techniques is also just a little uncertain of her status in the family, feeling undervalued and overlooked as the youngest of four girls. However this doesn’t stop her quick mind and creative thinking when it comes to solving the latest unexplained mystery.
In this new adventure Tan is looking after the neighbour’s house while Mrs Topple is on a cruise. Along with her BFF Gloria she becomes embroiled in a stealth investigation of some mysterious happenings: a spooky white flash that appears and disappears, a gypsy caravan, a strange orange car and a shadowy figure all play their part in Tan’s latest triumph of undercover action.
There is a load of fun to be had in these – family, friends both old and new, clues to puzzle over, and problems to solve. I predict this latest will be every bit as popular as the first five and fans will be eagerly anticipating the next instalment!
Tan’s diary entries are hysterical IMO – I love the opening description of which pen she is using (along with any defects said pen may have)!
Highly recommended for readers from around 8 years upwards.