Action Packed Spy Series: Review of Kensy and Max #5 Freefall

Action Packed Spy Series: Review of Kensy and Max #5 Freefall

Kensy and Max #5: Freefall is the fifth instalment in the popular action-packed spy series by legendary children’s author Jacqueline Harvey.

A bestselling Australian children’s author and teacher for many years, you can be assured that Harvey knows how to tempt a reluctant reader and then keep them captivated.

Best known for her Alice Miranda and Clementine Rose series, Kensy and Max is also proving to be extremely popular. We know that many young readers are already fans as the series made our Top 50 list in 2019. You can see the full list here.

If you’re new to the series, then we’ll set the scene. At age 11, Kensy and Max were admitted as Pharos agents in training – Pharos is one of the world’s most powerful spy agencies. Max has a photographic memory with a particularly impressive ability to remember maps – while Kensy has a flare for robotics and mechanical engineering.

In Freefall they are joined by Curtis Pepper, a possible new recruit that Kensy and Max met while in Sydney. He is inquisitive, attentive to detail and well prepared – all the qualities needed to be a successful Pharos agent.

This time Kensy and Max are back in Alexandria, enjoying the spring break with Curtis. Things get even better when Granny Cordelia decides to take them on a trip to New York. However, this isn’t any ordinary holiday. The dangerous criminal Dash Chalmers is at large, and the twins are needed to help bring his exploits under control. They’ll need to be on high alert and they’ll also need all the help they can get.

This series is filled with fast-paced action, complex plots and interesting and intriguing characters. Kensy and Max are inspiring in their ability to achieve anything they put their mind to. With lots of travel, maps, a cast list, codes and extensive case notes there is certainly a lot of fuel for those with big imaginations. This is a series that we highly recommend for all 9+ readers.

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    Publisher details

    Kensy and Max 5: Freefall
    Jacqueline Harvey
    Children’s Fiction
    03 March, 2020


    Where do you draw the line when your family and friends are in grave danger? Do you take action even though it means ignoring the rules?Back at Alexandria, with their friend Curtis Pepper visiting, Kensy and Max are enjoying the school break. Especially when Granny Cordelia surprises them with a trip to New York! It's meant to be a family vacation, but the twins soon realise there's more to this holiday than meets the eye.The chase to capture Dash Chalmers is on and when there’s another dangerous criminal on the loose, the twins find themselves embroiled in a most unusual case. They’ll need all their spy sensibilities, along with Curtis and his trusty spy backpack, to bring down the culprit.
    Jacqueline Harvey
    About the author

    Jacqueline Harvey

    Jacqueline Harvey worked in schools for many years but has had a passion for storytelling since she was a child. She is the author of the popular Alice-Miranda, Clementine Rose and Kensy and Max series, which have sold over one million copies in Australia alone. Her books have received numerous short-listings and awards while her picture book, The Sound of the Sea, was a CBCA Honour Book. Jacqueline speaks to thousands of young people at schools and festivals around the world, and says the characters in her books are often made up of the best bits of children she’s met over the years. While she is not a twin, like Kensy and Max she does have excellent powers of observation and has always thought she’d make a great spy. Jacqueline lives in Sydney and is currently working on more Kensy and Max adventures, and some exciting new projects too. 

    Books by Jacqueline Harvey


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