Erin L P, August 24, 2012 (view all comments by Erin L P)
This is a must read for girls ten to thirteen years of age:
In this entertaining and inspirational story, a group of girls go on a wild, crazy and dangerous adventure turning their world upside down, almost literally! Within the pages of this book you will find their underground world of secrets grip your attention with a firm hold and not let go until their story has ended.
Ayako-tan, April 17, 2008 (view all comments by Ayako-tan)
I couldn't put this book down, I couldn't sleep, I couldn't do anything until I finished it. Not a girly-girl story, nope, not in this book. This is where girls kick butt! Kiki Strike includes helpful tips at the end of the chapter that helped me 10 outta 10 solutions in real life. You have to read this book. Period. :D
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kidscoco, January 5, 2008 (view all comments by kidscoco)
I thought it was really good cause there was lots of suspense and you really wanted to know what came next. Also, When Anaka meets Kiki 'gang', they all have really different talents and they use those talents at the end. I think you should really read this book if you like mytery, suspense, and that kind of thing. I don't like those types of genres, but when my friend told me it was her favorite book, I thought it would be really good and now it's my favorite so please read it and you will love it!
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kinderny, December 18, 2006 (view all comments by kinderny)
This is such striking departure (no pun intended) from much of the older children's/YA fiction geared torwards girls that is out there. There is humor, adventure, and just a tad bit of fantasy (or maybe this COULD be true). And even better, there is no pink to be found on the cover. It is not really a dark book, despite the the inclusion of a subterranean city used for nefarious purposes, kidnappings and assasinations. I also loved the "spy" tips- they did not drag down the story. I think this should go on the must read list for those interested in this age level of fiction. This is similar in subject, but not in tone, I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter, but better in my opinion .
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"Narrator Ananka Fishbein recounts life as sidekick to Kiki Strike, girl detective, in this deliciously entertaining debut novel. The girls meet at age 12 in a ritzy private school, when both independently discover the Shadow City — a 19th-century labyrinth of tunnels 50 feet below Manhattan's Chinatown, built to hide smuggled goods. At school, disaffected Ananka's main goal is to befriend the mysterious Kiki, whom she follows stealthily. For reasons not made clear until late in the story, Kiki recruits Ananka and four girls with talents in chemistry, forgery, disguise and mechanics for the Irregulars, a troupe to comb the underground finding gold, cash, furs, cadavers and huge, live rats. New York sophistication alone cannot account for these girls' preternatural moxie (one runs her own nail salon). Parents are conveniently absent, and there are holes in the plot as wide as the tunnels in the Shadow City. But Miller's humor and outrageous vision will carry readers over the potholes. The 'tips' that end each chapter slow the pace, but will certainly amuse readers (e.g., 'In particularly dangerous situations, you may want to choose fabrics, such as wool or silk, that won't easily catch on fire or melt under extreme heat'). Better still, the author's love for New York's nooks and crannies shines from every page, making this a rare adventure story that could also launch a walking tour. Ages 10-14. (June) " Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
by School Library Journal,
"Kiki Strike celebrates the courage and daring of seemingly ordinary girls, and it will thrill those who long for adventure and excitement while they impatiently await the next installment."
by Kirkus Reviews,
"[An] absurdly satisfying romp for disaffected smart girls, with hints of more to come."
Life will never be the same for Ananka Fishbein after she ventures into an enormous sinkhole near her New York City apartment. A million rats, delinquent Girl Scouts out for revenge, and a secret city below the streets of Manhattan combine in this remarkable novel about a darker side of New York City you have only just begun to know about...
In this sequel to "Inside the Shadow City," Kiki and the Irregulars embark on another underworld--and underground--adventure. This time, Oona takes the lead to protect New York City from Manhattans gangsters, rodents, diamond merchants, society figures, and assorted forces of evil.
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