Buckle Up for a Portuguese Adventure: Read Our Review of Kensy and Max #8: High Voltage by Jacqueline Harvey

Buckle Up for a Portuguese Adventure: Read Our Review of Kensy and Max #8: High Voltage by Jacqueline Harvey

What happens when you know that family must come first but there are others in desperate need of help? When danger lurks around every corner?

Pharos is one of the world’s most powerful spy agencies. And at the young age of eleven, identical twins Kensy and Max were admitted as Pharos agents in training. Max has a photographic memory with a particularly impressive ability to remember maps, while Kensy has a flair for robotics and mechanical engineering. It makes you wonder what interesting crimes they’ll be investigating this time.

In Kensy and Max 7: Take Down, we saw the twins’ Singapore mission hit close to home – it was personal. But in Kensy and Max 8: High Voltage, they’re trying to steer clear from any investigations… but if there’s anything we know about Kensy and Max, they don’t find the investigations, the investigations find them!

After a tumultuous school term, a family holiday with sunshine, sleep-ins, and Portuguese tarts is just what Kensy and Max need. And Granny Cordelia is adamant: there are to be no investigations while on vacation. But when strange incidents start piling up, the twins are torn between their loyalty and their nose for adventure.

As all leads point to the annual E-Prix championship, Kensy and Max find themselves drawn into the middle of a menacing plot. High-powered sports cars are not the only dangers on the streets of Sintra. Someone wants Wolf Motors and the Formula E car race to go up in smoke, and they won’t let anything – or anyone – get in their way.

Jacqueline Harvey is one of Australia’s most successful children’s authors. She was an educator for 20 years before turning her hand to writing – her childhood dream! With numerous short-listings and awards, it’s no wonder why Harvey’s had continued success with her Alice-Miranda, Clementine Rose, and Kensy and Max series’.

In book #7 we saw Kensy and Max go through tough times when Granny Cordelia was poisoned. So in this instalment, it was wonderful to see Granny back and better than ever. But just when you think the twins are getting some well-deserved family time off from investigating, nothing goes according to plan.

I think High Voltage is the most heart-racing and captivating book in the series! With twists, turns and reveals we haven’t seen in the previous seven books, I was gripping the edge of my seat at each turn of the page. So buckle up and get ready to travel to Sintra, learn some Portuguese, and help Kensy and Max on their unexpected mission!

Fans and new readers are equipped with a range of spy tools: a map of Sintra, a comprehensive character list, a glossary of Portuguese terms and a case note (that acts as a recap for book #7). These inclusions give middle-grade readers aged 9+ the tools to follow the story while feeling like they’re spies too.

Buy a copy of Kensy and Max #8: High Voltage here.

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      Publisher details

      Kensy and Max #8: High Voltage
      Author
      Jacqueline Harvey
      Publisher
      Penguin
      Genre
      Children’s Fiction
      Released
      28 September, 2021
      ISBN
      9781760898557

      Synopsis

      Recommended for ages 9+.What happens when you know that family must come first but there are others in desperate need of help? When danger lurks around every corner?After a tumultuous school term, a family holiday with sunshine, sleep-ins and Portuguese tarts is just what Kensy and Max need. And Granny Cordelia is adamant: there are to be no investigations while on vacation. But when strange incidents start piling up, the twins are torn between their loyalty and their nose for adventure.As all leads point to the annual E-Prix championship, Kensy and Max find themselves drawn into the middle of a menacing plot. High-powered sports cars are not the only dangers on the streets of Sintra. Someone wants Wolf Motors and the Formula E car race to go up in smoke, and they won’t let anything – or anyone – get in their way.
      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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