Modern espionage meets teen drama. As Amber faces up to her first mission, will her friendship with best-friend Vi stand the test?
“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 . . .”
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.
‘Amber Undercover is a brilliant, fun and funny spy story which readers aged 9–13 ish should love. It brightened up my very dull grey December Sunday. Amber is an ordinary girl who doesn’t know her own potential, until she gets scooped up by The Agency and turned into a teenage girl James Bond. I loved how she stayed grounded throughout; she’s a really likeable character. I can imagine Geek Girl fans loving this. – Leila Rasheed, Children’s Author
‘An exciting espionage adventure with a brilliant teen hero, an awesome secret spy agency, and a thrilling mission to infiltrate a cybercrime group. I loved watching Amber’s confidence grow and was moved by the lessons she learned about family and friendship. – Sophie Anderson, Children’s Author