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A Spy in the House

Steeped in Victorian atmosphere and intrigue, Y.S. Lee's young adult novel follows a feisty heroine as she takes on a secret assignment.

Y.S. Lee

It's 1850s London, and Mary Quinn is rescued from execution, only to be offered room, board, education and a job as part of an investigative unit called The Agency. Mary is given her first mission in A Spy in the House: to pose as a lady, enter a rich merchant's home and trace cargo ships that have gone missing. A fun-filled, page-turning historical mystery.

The Agency 1: A Spy in the House is for readers ages 12 and up.

From the book

Calmly, slowly, she reached behind with her left hand and came up against — yes, fabric. Fine linen, to be precise. So far, so good: she was inside a wardrobe, after all. The only problem was that this linen was oddly warm. Body warm. Beneath the tentative pressure of her palm, it seemed to be moving...

With terrifying suddenness, an ungloved hand clamped roughly over her nose and mouth. A long arm pinned her arms against her sides. She was held tightly against a hard, warm surface.

"Hush," whispered a pair of lips pressed to her left ear. "If you scream, we are both lost."


From The Agency 1: A Spy in the House by Y.S. Lee ©2010. Published by Candlewick.