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by | Mar 30, 2021

Book of the Month: Amber Undercover

Amber Undercover

Em Norry
Age 10+

Amber Roberts is just your average 14-year-old. If she had things her own way she’d be focusing on school and hanging out with her best friend, Vi. But one part of Amber’s life isn’t so average; she’s just been recruited as an international spy.

In her first full-length novel, Em Norry, sets out to challenge the way that adventure and intrigue are too often reserved for the boys. Why not let a normal relatable girl have exciting, empowering adventure-filled escapades too?! The result is Amber, a smart and aspirational heroine with no special powers, just her wits and skills that others recognise in her and that hopefully she will learn to value in herself.

Tackling girl friendships, data misuse and hacktivism along the way, it’s a must-read alternative spy novel for independent readers.

Win Amber Undercover!

Keeping secrets, quick thinking and staying calm under pressure are just some of the qualities needed to be a great spy, just like Amber. What skills does your child have that would help make them a good spy? To be in with a chance of winning one of three copies of Amber Undercover, comment on the competition post on the Oxford Owl Facebook page with your answer.
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UK residents only. Entry closes at 11.59pm on Sunday 25th April 2021. Terms and Conditions apply (PDF).


About the book

Amber Undercover

Em Norry

I’m Amber Roberts. Just your average teenager. Life revolves around school and my best mate, Vi. Nothing too dramatic, and certainly nothing dangerous.

Well. That’s how things used to be. But now, my life is way more complicated: Mum and Dad have a massive secret and Vi’s being all moody. But, bigger than that, I’ve just been recruited as a secret agent! That’s right. Me. An actual spy.

Exciting? It would be, if I had a clue what I was doing…

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About the author and illustrator

Em Norry was born in Cardiff, Wales, and grew up in the care system until her early teens. Em completed a BA (Hons) in Film Studies before working in publishing and brand management. After relocating to the South West to study an MA in Screenwriting, Em now works part-time for a University whilst also building a career as a children’s author. Her writing is often inspired by her two children.

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