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Children's Nonfiction Law & Crime

Secret Agent Y.O.U.

The Official Guide to Secret Codes, Disguises, Surveillance and MORE

by (author) Helaine Becker

illustrated by Dave Whamond

Owlkids Books Inc.
Initial publish date
Sep 2006
Law & Crime, Experiments & Projects
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2006
    List Price
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2006
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 6


Are Y.O.U. ready to be a Young Operative Undercover? Secret Agent Y.O.U. recruits the next generation of spymasters, cryptologists, and surveillance experts. Kids will find everything they need to know about the spy tradecraft inside these covers. They will challenge themselves with activities for assessing their current readiness for spy missions, and learn how to improve their skills over time. They'll learn how to conduct surveillance, create and deliver coded messages, and disguise themselves so even their dog won’t recognize them. Divided into six chapters including Cryptology 101, The Art of Disguise, and A Peek at Surveillance, Secret Agent Y.O.U. delivers the goods for a solid foundation in spy work (also a great way to have fun on their own or with friends, er, fellow agents).

About the authors


Helaine Becker
est l'auteure de nombreux livres jeunesse primés. Elle a écrit plus de 80
livres, dont Raconte-moi les graphiques : L'histoire de William Playfair et
l'album illustré à succès Un porc-épic dans un sapin. Helaine
habite à Toronto, en Ontario.


HELAINE BECKER is the author of numerous of books of fiction and non-fiction for children, among them the best-selling A Porcupine in a Pine Tree and its sequel, Dashing Through the Snow: A Canadian Jingle Bells, The Haunted House That Jack Built and Little Jack Horner, Live from the Corner. Her books have won the Silver Birch Award and the CBA Libris Award and have been shortlisted for the Red Cedar, the Hackmatack and the Rocky Mountain awards. Helaine lives in Toronto with her family. Visit her at

Helaine Becker's profile page

DAVE WHAMOND a illustré la série Margot et My Think-a-ma-Jink, tous deux gagnants du prix Blue Spruce. Il a également signé les illustrations des livres de Robert Munsch Quelle tête!, C’est petit ici! et Je raffole de l’école!, et est l'auteur d'une bande dessinée intitulée Reality Check, qui paraît quotidiennement dans un certain nombre de journaux nord-américains. Dave habite à Calgary, en Alberta.


DAVE WHAMOND is the creator of Oddrey and My Think-a-ma-Jink, both winners of the Blue Spruce Award. He illustrated the Robert Munsch books Braids!, Think Big! and School Rules! He also has a syndicated cartoon strip called Reality Check, which appears daily in a number of North American newspapers. Dave lives in Calgary, Alberta.

Dave Whamond's profile page


  • Commended, British Columbia Library Association, Red Cedar Book Award, Honor Book
  • Winner, Ontario Library Association, Silver Birch Award
  • Commended, Ontario Library Association, Top 10 Canadian Children's Books, Non-fiction Category, Best Bets List
  • Commended, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Our Choice Selection
  • Commended, Resource Links, Best of the Year

Editorial Reviews

Secret Agent Y.O.U. will be a hit with any young reader interested in getting to the heart of spying, or just about anyone interested in an in-depth, factual look at this popular subject.

Quill & Quire

Wow! I absolutely loved this book with its great puzzles, facts, brainteasers, quizzes, and awesome spy pictures. Try out the obstacles to see if you can be a spy.” Kaelyn (Age 11) gives Secret Agent Y.O.U 4 stars.

Sarah’s Stars

The author gives you the goods on what it takes to be a secret agent…It’s kid-friendly and informative…Secret Agent Y.O.U. is a book I would recommend for spies of all ages.

YES Magazine

This book is attractively written, with an easy-read style, and lots of cartoon illustrations, side-bars, and explanations.

Resource Links

Becker’s sense of humor and her playfulness with words…are matched by Dave Whamond’s madcap and hilarious, full-color ‘spy art’ cartoon illustrations.

CM Magazine: Canadian Review of Materials

This action-packed volume readies readers for the world of clandestine affairs with a lively lineup of games and activities…colorful cartoon-style illustrations add to the fun.

North Bay Nugget

A fun tongue-in-cheek training manual for budding secret agents…Fun cartoon illustrations complement the snappy entertaining text.

BC Parent

Librarian Reviews

Secret Agent Y.O.U.: The Official Guide to Secret Codes, Disguises, Surveillance, and MORE!

Everything kids need to operate under cover. Within these pages, they learn how to crack codes, conduct espionage, create disguises, hone their observation skills and more.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Canadian Children’s Book News. 2007.

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