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Spy technique — How to walk silently

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Sneaking around is a skill that all spies need to master.  After all, it’s tough to steal secrets if you’re clomping about like an elephant in clogs.  Almost anyone can learn to move more stealthily.  It just takes a bit of practice and following these…Continue reading

THICKER THAN WATER hits bookstores

Yes, School for S.P.I.E.S. is back in session, with the further adventures of Max Segredo and his friends in THICKER THAN WATER, which just hit bookstores yesterday. Max Segredo has learned that not only is his father still alive, but he was working with LOTUS,…Continue reading

Cover revealed for second School For S.P.I.E.S. book

Cover revealed for second School For S.P.I.E.S. book

Big news in spy-ville: We can now show you the cover for the second SCHOOL FOR S.P.I.E.S. book, and it’s a stunner! THICKER THAN WATER, which comes out June 26, 2014, features a dramatic cover image by Brandon Dorman. It shows Max Segredo doing some…Continue reading

How to do a dead drop like a real spy

How to do a dead drop like a real spy

One of the pleasures of writing a book about teenage secret agents is getting to research all kinds of cool spy skills. I mean, really, who doesn’t secretly want to be James Bond? In the course of writing Playing With Fire, I had occasion to…Continue reading

Doing the blog hop, KidLit style

Kelly Milner Halls's COURAGEOUS CANINE!

In the midst of a conference weekend, I got an email from author Aileen Stewart, inviting me to participate in the Children’s Author Blog Hop.  Completely unclear on the concept (having never hopped on blogs before), I at once said yes — not realizing I…Continue reading

How to sneak like a real spy

So you want to spy on people like a real secret agent?  That’s good.  Being a spy calls for lots of sneaking around. (Of course, this is also true of avoiding chores at home, so I get plenty of practice.) When you’re sneaking around after…Continue reading

Hello, Merry Sunshine?

From the diary of Max Segredo I’ve landed in the single weirdest group home I’ve ever seen (so far). First off, Merry Sunshine Orphanage is in this spooky old house, protected by video cameras, a double front door, and spikes on the roof. Spikes? I…Continue reading

PLAYING WITH FIRE hits bookstores June 25

Have you ever secretly wanted to be a spy? I sure did (when I was younger, anyway). That’s why I’m so pleased to be writing a new series for readers who love mystery, suspense, and all things spy-like. The first SCHOOL FOR S.P.I.E.S. book, PLAYING…Continue reading