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A Spy in the House

Lee, Y. S., 1974- (Book - 2010)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Rescued from the gallows in 1850s London, young orphan and thief Mary Quinn is offered a place at Miss Scrimshaw's Academy for Girls where she is trained to be part of an all-female investigative unit called The Agency and, at age seventeen, she infiltrates a rich merchant's home in hopes of tracing his missing cargo ships.
Authors: Lee, Y. S. (Ying S.), 1974-
Statement of Responsibility: Y.S. Lee
Title: A spy in the house
Publisher: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2010
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
Characteristics: 335 p. ; 22 cm.
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Summary: Rescued from the gallows in 1850s London, young orphan and thief Mary Quinn is offered a place at Miss Scrimshaw's Academy for Girls where she is trained to be part of an all-female investigative unit called The Agency and, at age seventeen, she infiltrates a rich merchant's home in hopes of tracing his missing cargo ships.
Subject Headings: Swindlers and swindling Fiction Household employees Fiction Sex role Fiction Orphans Fiction London (England) History 19th century Fiction Great Britain History Victoria, 1837-1901 Fiction
Genre/Form: Young adult fiction
Historical fiction
Mystery fiction
Topical Term: Swindlers and swindling
Household employees
Sex role
Orphans
LCCN: 2009032736
ISBN: 9780763640675
0763640670
9780763652890
076365289X
Branch Call Number: FIC L
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Very similar to Secret Letters by Leah Scheier. You might want to check it out if you liked this book... I'm looking forward to the rest of the series (I believe there are 3 books so far and a 4th coming soon). The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron is also a somewhat similar book, although you wouldn't think so at the beginning of the book. ...I seem to keep finding books that remind me of this series. The latest is Murphy's Law by Rhys Bowen; Molly and Daniel remind me of Mary and James.

Jul 09, 2014
  • GeminiMoon rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Great book :)
a character you can kinda relate too, a nice plot-altogether awesome.

Jul 09, 2014
  • littlesinger rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

While reading this book, I was feeling so into it. I wasn't able to put it down!

this is a great book xan i read it

May 03, 2014
  • bookworm767 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is such a great mystery series. I love the storyline, the time period, the romance! The author has a really nice writing style and the story is easy to devour in a day. I cannot wait for her last book! I highly recommend her series.

Dec 21, 2013
  • sax_player22 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I loved it so much if you like spy books this is definitely for you.

Aug 04, 2013
  • bwortman rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

An excellent Victorian YA mystery novel. Mary is a complex and well-drawn character with an history almost as intriguing as the central mystery itself. Happily, Mary is surrounded by supporting characters who are equally interesting and a romantic interest who is lovely. Also quite well done is the evocation of the Victorian period. The novel is full of small but accurate details and set during the Great Stink in London, which adds a rich texture to the background of the narrative. A fun mystery that I race through, I’ll be picking up the next two books in the trilogy very soon.

Jul 22, 2013
  • happycanuck rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The first book of a series. Has intrigue and a good writing style.

I want to read this book its look interesting.

Jun 07, 2013
  • soccergirl8 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

great, realistic history that describes the era and a very suspenseful storyline. Kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the whole book. Highly recommended.

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Jul 21, 2012
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Jun 19, 2012
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Aug 10, 2012
  • ForeverLeandraa rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Mary is an orphan and a thief. Stealing to survive is all she knows but at 12 years old she gets caught and sent to the gallows. She is rescued moments before her death sentence by a woman who takes her to Miss Scrimshaw’s Academy for Girls. After 4 years of a proper education for a girl in Victorian London, she learns the Academy for Girls is really just a cover-up for The Agency. A select group of women that work as spies, Being a previous thief, Mary jumps at the opportunity to start her first mission and use her covert skills again. Posing as a companion for a young girl, Mary is thrown into the home and business of a rich merchant. Looking for clues to any illegal activity proves to be dangerous.

Apr 29, 2010
  • SCCLD LIBRARIANS FOR TEENS rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Mary is an orphan and a thief. Stealing to survive is all she knows, but at 12 years old she gets caught and sent to the gallows. She is rescued moments before her death sentence by a woman who takes her to Miss Scrimshaw’s Academy for Girls. After 4 years of a proper education for a girl in Victorian London, she learns the Academy for Girls is really just a cover-up for The Agency, a select group of women that work as spies. Being a previous thief, Mary jumps at the opportunity to start her first mission and use her covert skills again. Posing as a companion for a young girl, Mary is thrown into the home and business of a rich merchant. Looking for clues to any illegal activity proves to be dangerous, and once she meets James it becomes harder to keep her cover. Can she keep her background a secret? Will everything be exposed before she can safely return to the Agency? What about James, is it even possible for Mary to have a romantic relationship? Join Mary in this Historical adventure that promises to leave you wanting more from this soon to be trilogy.

Grades 9-12, 355 pages

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Jul 29, 2012
  • chrisgotstacks rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

agency , crazy

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