Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 12 to 16
- Grade: 7 to 10
- Reading age: 12 to 16
Immediately upon her arrival in London to train as a spy, sixteen-year-old Nicki Haddon is assigned to help the British Secret Service infiltrate a drug cartel that is smuggling large amounts of heroin into the country. Placing herself in the midst of a tough East End street gang, she uncovers a plot to create a super-potent opiate and also discovers a royal connection – one that goes back to Queen Victoria herself.
Nicki puts her life at risk as she goes after the kingpin of the cartel. Her kung fu skills are severely tested in this action-packed thriller, as the teen spy-in-training tries to unravel not only "the secret of the golden flower," but the ever-present mystery of her own past.
About the author
Caroline Stellings is an author and illustrator of children’s books from Waterdown, Ontario. She is a professional artist who loves to paint the many birds and animals that inhabit the wetland area near her studio. Her previous books include The Malagawatch Mice and the Church that Sailed (CBU Press), Skippers Save the Stone, a children’s book in English and Gaelic, also from CBU Press, and Skippers At Cape Spear (Breakwater Books).
The Secret of the Golden FlowerThe Secret of the Golden Flower is an exciting spy adventure. Teenage protagonist, Nikki Haddon, has a talent for Kung-Fu and intelligence work. Her spy training helps her uncover the truth behind her own upbringing, as uses her skills to learn that she was abandoned at birth in China. Nikki is a dynamic Canadian-Asian female protagonist, and this tale of finding yourself as a young teen will resonate with young readers from all backgrounds searching for their own sense of belonging.
Source: Association of Canadian Publishers. Diversity Collection Selection 2017.
Other titles by Caroline Stellings
The Great Cookie War
Freedom's Just Another Word