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Book Review: Boy Nobody by Allen Zadoff

I walk past the revolving lights of the ambulance.

Past the security vehicles, the police officers, the chatter of voices over shortwave radios.
“Do you need a ride?” the gate guard says.

“I’m good,” I say.

“Tough day,” he says.

“Terrible,” I say.

“It happened on my watch,” he says, shaking his head. “But they can’t blame me, right? I’m not God. I don’t get to decide when and where.”

Not true. You don’t have to be God to decide when and where. You only have to take action and be willing to deal with the consequences.

“Take care of yourself,” he says.

“I always do,” I say.

He opens the gate for me, and I’m out.

I walk down the street slowly, like someone who is traumatized. But I’m not traumatized. I’m already thinking about what comes next. I’m reviewing my exit strategy.

And maybe, just for a moment, I’m thinking about Jack.

He was my best friend for four weeks.

But not anymore.

He might not like it much that I killed his father. Not that he’ll know. The drug leaves no trace. Jack’s dad had a heart attack. That’s what the autopsy will show, if there is an autopsy. Strings will be pulled. Or the modern equivalent- computer keys pressed.
If an autopsy is done, it will show nothing at all.

Natural causes.

That’s my specialty. People die around me, but it never seems like my fault. It seems like bad luck following good.

Good luck: You meet a great new friend at school.

Bad luck: A tragedy befalls your family.

The two don’t ever seem connected, but they are.

Jack didn’t know that when we became best friends a month ago. I slipped into his life easily, and now I’m slipping out just as easily.

I’ve broken another guy’s heart, changed the course of his life. Lucky for me, I can do it and not feel it.

I don’t feel anything.

Not true.

I feel cold, I feel hungry, I feel the fabric of a new shirt rubbing against my skin, and I feel gravel beneath my feet.

But those are sensations, not feelings.

I had feelings once, too. I think I did. But that was a long time ago.

That was before.


Boy Nobody is the perfect assassin:  blending in to the school to befriend the target’s teenage kid, getting into the house of the target and making the kill, and getting out again under the cover of a tragedy of his own ‘parents’ before anyone is any wise. Always moving from target to target, he’s too busy and buried in his own missions to wonder about his past and what really happened to his parents, or to question the motives of his superiors.

Until now. His newest assignment takes him to New York, where in 5 days he’s to befriend Sam, the daughter of the mayor of New York, and take out her father. When Sam gets under his skin, and her father starts reminding him of his own family, everything that Boy Nobody has depended on starts to turn upside down, and his ever-present Watchers from The Program add to the pressure. Can Boy Nobody figure out who he wants to be and break his programming?

A true anti-hero book, boy nobody will remind modern readers of both James Bond and Jason Bourne with the mission completions and the pressure from both sides. Falling for Sam is the least of his worries when tests and pressure from The Program come into play, especially when Boy Nobody starts to suspect that the mission he is on is the wrong one. His examination of himself and his morality, as well as the speed and direction of the plot, keeps readers guessing, and the twists and turns will keep you on your seat. Recommended for reluctant readers for the short chapters, shorter paragraphs, and high action. There are scenes that are extremely violent, and some stereotyping (which is discussed below). Definitely pair with I am the Cheese (for the antihero) or Proxy (for suspense). 3.5 stars out of 5. As of July 21, 2013, Goodreads has Boy Nobody has rated as 3.96 stars

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MASSIVE SPOILERS REVEALED
I was *SOOOOO* excited to get this book. I love action/adventure, and have seen every Bond movie (including On Her Majesty’s Secret Service which is the one NO ONE will claim to have seen). I’ve seen Jason Bourne, and watched the new Bourne movie, and was really hyped about a book embracing this theme and culture- something that I could get into the hands of my teens who love these same movies but keep telling me “MISS, READING IS BORING!!!”

And I really loved the book! I loved the premise, and I loved the backstory, and was flying through the book. And I think professionally it deserves the rating I gave it above.

However, I have personal issues with it.

I didn’t have a problem with the violence. Or the fact that we’re attacking New York. Or that Boy Nobody’s father may have been involved in The Program and gotten out, or that he may still be alive somewhere after all.

I got to the last quarter of Boy Nobody where it is revealed that Sam, the daughter, is plotting to kill her father with her boyfriend from Israel. 

The American father is being plotted against by his half American half Israeli daughter with her full Israeli boyfriend.

Really?

REALLY!?!?!?!??!

We need this stereotypical characterization in the world right now?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!

I get the angst- she’s pissed because he let her mother die. And I get that the boyfriend played on her grief and emotions. But did we really need a book that made a POC (person of color), in fact a female POC who was intelligent and witty and funny, be out for revenge and blood debt? It wouldn’t have been better had it been a POC SON out for revenge, either. It just feels like extending, inflaming, and perpetuating the hatred that is still in this country from the attacks of 9/11. There had to have been another way to get the same situation and the same tension without making Sam’s heritage a nationality that already has a lot of hatred going against it in America.

Take 5: Spies Like Us

Ever since reading The Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter, I am obsessed with spies.  In fact, since it is audio book month, I will share with you that I’d Tell You I’d Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You is the first audio book the Tween and I listened to in the car.  We both loved it and I liked that it was something we could listen to together.  Sometimes we sat in our driveway for a few extra minutes to finish a scene.  I highly recommend this series, the Tween has gone on to purchase them all.  I knew I liked that girl.  And then when you are spy obsessed like me, here are a few more spy stories that you might want to read.

 
Spies and Prejudice by Talia Vance
Fields’ Rule #1: Don’t fall for the enemy.
 
 
“Berry Fields is not looking for a boyfriend. She’s busy trailing cheaters and liars in her job as a private investigator, collecting evidence of the affairs she’s sure all men commit. And thanks to a pepper spray incident during an eighth grade game of spin the bottle, the guys at her school are not exactly lining up to date her, either.

So when arrogant—and gorgeous—Tanner Halston rolls into town and calls her “nothing amazing,” it’s no loss for Berry. She’ll forget him in no time. She’s more concerned with the questions surfacing about her mother’s death.

But why does Tanner seem to pop up everywhere in her investigation, always getting in her way? Is he trying to stop her from discovering the truth, or protecting her from an unknown threat? And why can’t Berry remember to hate him when he looks into her eyes?

With a playful nod to Jane Austen, Spies and Prejudice will captivate readers as love and espionage collide.” – Goodreads

 
This book is being released June 11, 2013 by EgmontUSA.  I read a review copy and enjoyed it a lot.  It is fun, flirtatious and reminiscent of one of the best non Joss Whedon shows ever – Veronica Mars.  Definitely recommended.  3.5 out of 5 stars.
 
Also Known As by Robin Benway
“It requires a little precision. I’m safecracking a person. I gotta figure out the code before I’m in.”
 
 
“Being a 16-year-old safecracker and active-duty daughter of international spies has its moments, good and bad. Pros: Seeing the world one crime-solving adventure at a time. Having parents with super cool jobs. Cons: Never staying in one place long enough to have friends or a boyfriend. But for Maggie Silver, the biggest perk of all has been avoiding high school and the accompanying cliques, bad lunches, and frustratingly simple locker combinations.

Then Maggie and her parents are sent to New York for her first solo assignment, and all of that changes. She’ll need to attend a private school, avoid the temptation to hack the school’s security system, and befriend one aggravatingly cute Jesse Oliver to gain the essential information she needs to crack the case . . . all while trying not to blow her cover.” – Goodreads

Maid of Secrets by Jennifer McGowan
“There are some secrets worth killing for. And some deaths that are worth keeping secret.” – Maid of Secrets
 
 
“Seventeen-year-old Meg Fellowes is a wry, resourceful thief forced to join an elite group of female spies in Queen Elizabeth’s Court. There she must solve a murder, save the Crown, and resist the one thing that will become her greatest freedom–and her deadliest peril.

For Meg and her fellow spies are not alone in their pursuit of the murderer who stalks Windsor Castle.” – Goodreads

The Mysterous Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
“Would you ever have thought I might choose a lie for the sake of my own happiness? The Whisperer’s version of happiness is an illusion — it doesn’t take away your fears, it only lies about them, makes you temporarily believe you don’t have them. And I know it’s a lie, but what a powerful one! Maybe I’m not who I always thought myself to be. Maybe I’m the sort of person who will do anything to hear what I want to believe…” 
 
 
“Are you a gifted child looking for special opportunities?” ad attracts dozens for mind-bending tests readers may try. Only two boys and two girls succeed for a secret mission, undercover and underground into hidden tunnels. At the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, the only rule is – there are no rules.” – Goodreads
 
Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger
“Sophronia was minding her own business and running late to luncheon, as was her custom. She’d let to learn the advantage of punctuality. As she told Sister Mattie the third time she was late to household potions and poisons, nothing interesting happened until after an event commenced.”  – from Ettiquette and Espionage
 
“Sophronia soon realizes the school is not quite what her mother might have hoped. At Mademoiselle Geraldine’s, young ladies learn to finish…everything. Certainly, they learn the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but they also learn to deal out death, diversion, and espionage—in the politest possible ways, of course. Sophronia and her friends are in for a rousing first year’s education.” – Goodreads

See also, Booktalk This: Spy Stories

Share in the comments: What are your favorite spy reads?

TPIB: Secret Agent Man for the Summer

A lot of librarians I’ve talked to who are working within the Collaborative Summer Reading Program are doing ground things for “Dig Up A Good Book”- touch a truck programs, digging animals, etc. And for “Beneath The Surface” there are a lot of spa treatment programs, mermaids, and technology. I must be weird because my brain went directly to SPIES and SECRET AGENTS. Maybe it’s because I’ve just finished reading two assassin/mystery books back to back- who knows. At any rate, if you are thinking about going the spy and secret agent route, I’ve pulled together activities, crafts, and movies after the jump! See if you can get through a program without humming the Mission:Impossible theme, The Pink Panther theme, or Peter Gunn.

ACTIVITIES
SCAVENGER HUNTS

Scatter picture clues around the room (or around the library) and give out mystery sheets that have secrets to the clues to each participant. You could do shadow figures of literary characters, or hide cards in specific type of books (bring back a Wookie Cookie from the Star Wars Cookbook). Tweens/teens can go solo or do it in groups, and it can be an active part of your program, or a self-directed part of your summer reading, just by changing up the pictures and clues every couple of weeks.
SECRET IDENTITIES

Create a multitude of secret identities beforehand based off of literary and movie spies and detectives (James Bond, Austin Powers, Agatha Christie, Encyclopedia Brown) with a cheat sheet of characteristics that describe each secret agent. Hand these out to each participant. Taking a second list with just the names, cut them apart and place them in a bucket or a hat. Then have each person playing take pull a name out of the hat, and they will have to investigate each other to figure out who their secret person is, without lying but without giving away their secret identity. The first to figure out who their suspect is without being discovered is the winner.

CLUE

I’m always surprised about how many of the teens/tweens I work with have *never* played Clue- it was a game I grew up with and was a staple at our house. You can do a host of things to make it interesting- do a live Clue version, or take the board game but replace the weapons with larger ones (an actual wrench and candlestick, a water gun and a fake knife, etc.). Break the group up into teams, and have at it.
CLUELESS

Take a spin on madlibs by creating your own spy story. Find short mysteries stories, and copy them out leaving key words blank, then have tweens/teens fill them in without knowing the results.
LIE DETECTOR

The object is to get rid of all your cards (and catch a comrade in a lie along the way). Each player gets seven cards, while the rest are turned face down in a drawing pile. The dealer starts by laying a card or cards from his hand face down on the table, then declaring their value (for example, “three sevens”). The next player has to add a card or cards of the next highest value (in this case, eights). If he or she has no such card, the choice is either to pick from the drawing pile–or to fake it. Any player can challenge by saying, “Lie detector,” but when the truth is revealed, whoever is wrong inherits all the cards in the facedown pile. 
OBSTACLE COURSE

Set up your own spy training by creating an indoor obstacle course.  Use crepe paper streamers or string to create a crazy maze that they must twist and turn to get through, and tie chairs together that they must crawl under or over.
GEOCACHING

If your tweens/teens have the tech and the ability, give them an outdoor activity and hide a set number of geocache on library property. Set them up in teams, point them in the right direction with a time to be back, and have them search for the secret mission!
CRAFTS
Disguises

My tweens and teens are still in love with mustaches. Find printables online for all different types of mustaches and weird glasses, and run them off on card stock. Have them cut them out, and make their own “sneaky” disguises and take pictures to show off.
Binocular

Every spy needs their own binoculars.  You can pick up craft kits at places like Oriental Trading Company, or make your own with toilet paper tubes and leftover craft materials. Sample directions can be found here.
ID Kits

Every spy needs their own case file, so why not create one? Break into the office supplies and liberate the manila file folders and stamp a bunch CONFIDENTIAL, then place a bunch of activity sheets in them, like message decoders, a spy identity card, and randomize what agency they work for and what missions they have performed.
MOVIES
 
I am in LOVE with our public performance license, and love showing movies- and my tweens and teens seem to love finding “new” to them movies that they may not have watched before.  Below are selections of movies (G, PG & PG-13) that fit in the spy/secret agent genre that are covered by Movie Licensing USA- please don’t show a movie if you aren’t covered. If you’re looking for others, please check their website.

Austin Powers Series
James Bond Series
Agent Cody Banks 1& 2
Adventures of TinTin
Clue
Dick Tracy
Despicable Me
Inspector Gadget
The Incredibles
The Pink Panther
Scooby Doo Series
Spy Kids Series
Turner and Hooch
Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
Snitch
Jack Reacher
Bourne Series
XXX
Mission:Impossible series


Also, some of the activities on this CSI TPiB would work well for the theme as well.

Book Review: Also Known As by Robin Benway

After Angelo left, I circled the park once to see if there were any new locks that I hadn’t seen yet. They were still the same  though, simple and easy to access, and I knocked back the rest of my espresso, spilling a drop on my white shirt (of course), and head hoe.

My mom called when I was two blocks away from the loft. At first I didn’t even realize it was my pone that was ringing. It was a new disposable cell that had some crazy German-dance-rave ringtone, and by the time I finally  got it out of my bag, I was mortified.

“Where are you?”

“I went to see a friend,” I said. “A friend” is what we call Angelo over the phone. “He bought me magazines with teenage girls in them.

“How nice,” She totally wasn’t paying attention. “How was school?”

“Wow,” I said, “how weird is that question coming out of your mouth?”

“It’s definite odd,” she agreed, “and you didn’t answer it.”
 My jacket flapped a little in the breeze from the river, and I tried to button it with one hand. 

“Frustrating,”I told her. “I didn’t see him yet.”

“Really? Why not?”
 

“Because there are a thousand people at that school : I exploded. “And apparently he ditches a lot, so if you want me to meet him, then I guess I’m going to have to start smoking really bad weed in some back alley with all the other delinquents, or whatever it is that he does!” I sighed and shoved my hair to of my face. Stupid bangs. “This is difficult, okay? 

It requires a little precision. I’m safecracking a person. I gotta figure out the code before I’m in.”

“Honey, we have to submit a report to the Collective by Friday-“

“I know!” I cried. “You think I don’t know that? I’m very aware that this whole thing is on me, thank you very much.:

“Margaret.”

“Sorry,” I said immediately. “Look, I can do this. I can do this better than anyone because I am a spy, okay? I am a great spy and- and something is licking me.

There was a definite wetness on my calf and I glanced down to see a huge, shaggy golden retriever pushing his nose against my leg, then giving me a big doggie grin. I had seen this dog somewhere before, and I looked from the dog to his leash to his very cute owner.

Oh no, I suddenly realized, my heartbeat flying into overdrive. Oh no, oh no, oh no.

“So,” Jesse Oliver said, “what’s this about being a great spy?”
Being a prodigy safecracker and second generation spy has it’s perks: travel, parents with awesome jobs, avoiding high school and all the drama that goes with it. However, when the Collective decides that Maggie is old enough for her first solo job, it’s off to New York City, and an exclusive high school to spy on Jesse Oliver, son of a high powered media magnet who it’s rumored has stories that could ruin the collective and place Maggie’s parents and friends in jeopardy. Yet can pulling off the biggest jobs around the world have prepared her for high school, being a real friend, and a secret threat to Maggie herself?

Robin Benway (Aubrey, Wait) writes a funny and light spy mystery in Also Known As. Margaret (aka Maggie aka Peggy aka Maisie aka Polly aka) has been cracking safes since she was three and unlocked combination locks instead of playing with toys. Raised by her master-spy parents and always on the move from job to job, Maggie knows that her life will be one of a spy- can’t think of anything else. And she’s yearning for the day when she has her first solo job. Yet when it comes- it’s HIGH SCHOOL?!?!  Spying on a high school boy and getting information is not what she had in mind, and neither was gaining a best friend, or getting her first kiss from her mark, or any of the other complications that come her way.  The relationship really make this story, and the chemistry between Roux, Maggie and Jesse as well as the family bonds between Maggie, her parents, and Angelo make this a definite read. Those looking for hard spy stories should look elsewhere, but those looking something to pair with Ally Carter’s Gallagher Girls series or Heist Society series will fall in love with Maggie and her crew.  4 out of 5 stars.  Would also be perfect lighter read for the Collaborate Summer Reading Program, adding it into a booklist for spies with the Beneath the Surface theme.  As of March 22, Goodreads lists Also Known As as 3.87 out of 5 stars.


Also Known As was hysterical and I laughed through out the book. The situations that Maggie gets into, as well as her reactions to what would be a “normal” high school experience cracked me up, and seem totally realistic with the mindset that Maggie has no interaction with any other teenagers. Roux was sweet and wonderful, and you can’t help but ache for her when you learn of her situation.

The huge twist in the story (the second danger, not the issue with Jesse or his dad) creeps in slowly but hits with such force that it leaves you turning the page, and wanting to know what happens next.  The fact that it’s a huge betrayal also hits hard, and the ending while seeming a little forced and pulled together, makes me hope that there are other books in the works.

And I am really glad that the cover of the ARC was NOT the finished cover for the book, as the creepy clone girls weirded me out and I did NOT know how I was going to sell that to teens.

More spies, villains and criminal masterminds .  . .

 

Booktalk This! Spy stories

I’ve had spies on the mind this week, as one of my favorite books of last year, Code Name Verityby Elizabeth Wein, received a Printz Honor (an award recognizing excellence in teen literature). In Code Name Verity, a young female spy writes for her life, sharing secrets with her German torturers in France during World War II. She confesses codes and airbase locations, but makes her captors find those details in a story of a friendship between two women who never would have met if not for the war. Catch glimpses of a side of WWII you don’t hear about often – female pilots and spies, the regular citizens who risked their lives helping the French Resistance, awful torture methods used on prisoners of war – but stay for a heart-wrenching story of friendship.

What if you’d like a spy story, but could do without the history?  Try The Recruit, by Robert Muchamore (Mission 1 of the CHERUB series). An organization created because “Adults never suspect that children are spying on them,” CHERUB agents are all under seventeen, and now includes eleven-year-old James, who was recruited after his mother’s death. But is he ready for the intense training, and for his very first mission?
Like the history but want to go further back? How about 1850s London? Saved from execution for thieving and given a place in a school for girls, orphan Mary Quinn thinks she’s being groomed to be a teacher, but discovers, much to her delight, that she’s instead meant to be: A Spy in the House by Y.S. Lee.
Want to know more about that iconic spy, Bond, James Bond? Try SilverFin, the first of Charlie Higson’s Young Bond series, in which we find James Bond as a teenager at boarding school, not yet the confident master spy, but one who still manages to get caught up in mysterious and deadly adventures.

Is spy school your fondest wish? Read your way to the Gallagher Academy with Cammie Morgan, the heroine of Ally Carter’s I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You. Cammie’s mom is headmistress of the school, which pretends to be for geniuses but teaches its students code-breaking, covert operations, and martial arts…so, yeah. It’s a spy school. And it’s rad.

But what about the spies who have kids? In Jack Higgins’ and Justin Richards’ fast-paced Chance Twins series, beginning with Sure Fire, fifteen-year-old twins Rich and Jade are often drawn into their spy father’s thrilling and dangerous missions. How far would yougo to help the dad you’ve never known?
Does the phrase “spies disguised as cheerleaders” make you strangely curious? In Jennifer Lynn Barnes’ The Squad: Perfect Cover, computer hacker Toby is surprised to receive an invitation to a Spirit Squad meeting…and even more surprised to discover a secret message encoded in the invite. Could this squad of perfectly coiffed and manicured popular girls be hiding something?
And finally, maybe you’re interested in a spy story written by someone who really knows what he’s talking about. Traitor – in which seventeen-year-old soldier-in-training, Danny, must find and capture his grandfather (a spy-turned-traitor) in order to clear his own name – was co-written by Andy McNab and Robert Rigby. McNab has written several books about his own highly decorated experiences in the British military, but because of security reasons, he can’t be photographed face-on for his own author photo! Cool, huh?

Want to do some fun CSI/Spy related activities? Check out this TPiB: Follow the Evidence
What are you favorite spy stories?

TPiB: Beneath the Surface Ideas for Tweens/Teens

Ah, February…  the time when every teen services specialist thinks of candy hearts, chocolate tastings, and OMG, we have HOW MANY DAYS UNTIL SUMMER?!?!??!  Do not fear!  We at Teen Librarian Toolbox have not one, not two, but EIGHT different ideas that would fit in with the 2013 Collaborate Summer Reading Program Theme (Beneath the Surface & Dig Into Reading)…

I happen to be in charge of everything (splitting the youth portion with my part time youth services librarian) and have had tremendous success with tween programs.  So for the summer I’m alternating between tween and teen nights.  However, any of these ideas can be aged up or down depending on your library, and what works for your patrons.  What works for me and mine may not work for you and yours.

Note:  All movie suggestions have been cleared through Movie Licensing USA, which is where my system gets their umbrella license.  If you do not have a public performance license, please use movies in the public domain.  Do not have the authorities pounding down your door.  Also, while the MPAA ratings are a guideline and not law, no movies suggested go above PG-13.

 

Superheros/secret identities 

  • Movie suggestions: DC Superheroes featuring Superman, Green Lantern, Batman– the first week of June Man of Steel is released in theaters so it would be a good tie in.  Marvel superheroes like The Avengers or Iron Man as Iron Man 3 will have been released in early May.

  • Craft suggestions:  create your own superhero emblem and place in a photo keychain, or utilize the system’s buttonmaker (start preparing the arm muscles), or get mask blanks and let them design their own costume piece

  • Game suggestions:  pin the cape on the superhero, name the secret identity, create your own superhero, get your own superhero name,  Marvel Monopoly

Zombies

  • Movie Suggestions: anything zombie related, like Invasion of the Body Snatchers or I am Legend (World War Z is released June 20)

  • Craft suggestions: create your own zombie heads with blank kickballs (hacky sacks for those of us who remember), or create a little felt zombie with some scraps and a house out of leftover candy tins.  Or check out Zombie Felties for a real craft project. 

 

Law enforcement

  • Movie Suggestions: The Lone Ranger comes out July 3, so you could pull in the western aspect with Wild Wild West, or go full force with S.W.A.T. or uber mysterious with Total Recall (2012)

  • Craft suggestions:  rattlesnake pulls, ID badges, finger print cards, create your own wanted poster

  • Game suggestions: Live Clue, mystery scavenger hunts, assassin

Shark week

  • Movie Suggestions: Really, what else is there but Jaws or the sequels? 

  • Craft suggestions: baby food jars plus plastic sharks=shark globes, or make your own shark teeth necklaces, design a shark bite

  • Game suggestions: shark bite tag, feed the shark (bean bag toss), shark volley


Minecraft

  • Movie Suggestion:  Wreck-It Ralph. Yes, seriously.  Yes, they are both video games, but if you have ever seen Minecraft, they build and build and build, and then take it down and tear it apart and then build and build and build.

  • Craft suggestions:  create your own Steve masks, fold your own Minecraft printables, build your own creepers

  • Game suggestions: Live Minecraft (gather boxes to build the fort, have some tweens be builders, and some be creepers and destroyers- see who wins), Creeper Bowling, after hours Minecraft gameplay

Dinosaurs

  •  Movie Suggestions:  Jurassic Park, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, Godzilla

  • Craft Suggestions:  Create your own dinosaur fossils, dinosaur bones out of pasta, design your own dinosaur heads

  • Game suggestions: bean bag toss with dinosaur eggs, hot dinosaur egg (hot potato), Lava tug-o-war between the herbivores and the carnivores

Mummies

  • Movie Suggestions: The Mummy, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Hotel Transylvania, Corpse Bride, Jumangi

  • Craft Suggestions:  create your own mummies cardboard tube mummies, potato chip tube mummies, create your own tombs (Check out the hieroglyphics section on this Art Through the Ages TPiB)

  • Game Suggestions: Musical chairs (Walk Like an Egyptian, King Tut, etc.), Mummy wrapping, hieroglyphics codes 

Spy party

  • Movie Suggestions:  Spy Kids, Inspector Gadget, James Bond movies or the Austin Powers series

  • Craft Suggestions: recyclables to make their own gadgets, finger printing, disguise printables

  • Game Suggestions: disguise relay races, spy training obstacle courses, hide and seek, assassin

    Adapt ideas from this CSI themed TPiB