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Introducing Kensy and Max – an action-packed spy-adventure series for girls and boys from bestselling author Jacqueline Harvey!

What would you do if you woke up in a strange place? If your whole life changed in the blink of an eye and you had no idea what was going on?

Twins Kensy and Max Grey’s lives are turned upside down when they are whisked off to London, and discover their parents are missing. As the situation unfolds, so many things don’t add up: their strange new school, the bizarre grannies on their street, the coded messages they keep finding and the feeling that, all around them, adults are keeping secrets . . .

Things can never go back to the way they were, but the twins are determined to uncover the truth!

Reviews

This new series has both memorable characters and believable circumstances which will thoroughly intrigue readers from around 8 years upwards. I don’t need to use my considerable powers of ESP to predict that this will be as big a winner as Jacqueline’s other series.

Sue Warren, Just So Stories

Breaking News is an exciting and engaging novel that draws readers in as the story unfolds, leaving them eager to see what Kensy and Max get up to next. Overall this new series will have great appeal to retail markets as well as schools and libraries.

Natalie Crawford, Junior Books + Publishing

With suspicious characters, codes to break, hidden agendas and missing parents, Kensy and Max: Breaking News is the perfect opener to what will no doubt become a fast favourite amongst primary school students.

Better Reading

Kensy and Max: Breaking news is a suspenseful, intriguing and finely crafted story perfect for readers who enjoy action-packed spy stories. Jacqueline Harvey's initial novel introduces exciting characters, mysterious settings and family secrets waiting to be uncovered. Here the author teases us with little clues, snippets of information, curious conversations with people instrumental in their future plans, and this builds an air of excitement and promise for future stories.

Rhyllis Bignell, ReadPlus

Upper primary readers are going to fall in love with Kensy and Max. This book is full of mystery and adventure, codes, clues and is really fast paced. The twins have very distinct personalities, as do all the supporting characters.

Michelle, Lamont Books

There is an adventure here, and something for the twins to solve, but at the heart of the story is family – for Kensy and Max, as they wait and worry for their parents, while finding new allies here. There’s an easy camaraderie among these characters that makes this book a joy to read, and made me enjoy the idea of the adventures on which the twins and their friends and allies are embarking.

Verushka Byrow, CBCA Reading Time

As well as writing another cracking story that will engage independent readers who love a good mystery, Harvey also invites the reader into the story by enabling them to try to solve the clues as they read and using the mysterious Caesar code to encrypt the chapter headings.

Barbara Braxton, The Bottom Shelf blog

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780143780656

    February 26, 2018

    Random House Australia Children's

    RRP $21.00

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  • Audio Download

    9780143792376

    March 1, 2018

    Random House AU Audio Child

    RRP $15.49

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    • Audible
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  • EBook

    9780143780649

    February 26, 2018

    RHA eBooks Child

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    • iBooks NZ
    • Amazon Kindle
    • Google Play
    • Kobo
    • Booktopia NZ

Also by Jacqueline Harvey

Alice-Miranda At School 1
Alice-Miranda On Holiday 2
Clementine Rose and the Seaside Escape 5
Alice-Miranda in Scotland 17
Alice-Miranda in Hollywood 16
Alice-Miranda Holds the Key 15
Alice-Miranda In New York 5
Alice-Miranda Shows the Way
Alice-Miranda in Paris 7
Alice-Miranda at Camp 10
Clementine Rose and the Surprise Visitor 1
Alice-Miranda in China 14
Alice-Miranda at the Palace 11
Alice-Miranda in the Alps 12
Clementine Rose Busy Day Book
Clementine Rose and the Birthday Emergency 10
Clementine Rose and the Movie Magic 9
Alice-Miranda to the Rescue 13
Clementine Rose and the Paris Puzzle 12
Clementine Rose and the Wedding Wobbles 13
Clementine Rose and the Pet Day Disaster 2
Clementine Rose and the Perfect Present 3
Clementine Rose and the Farm Fiasco 4
Alice-Miranda Shines Bright 8

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