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Introducing Kensy and Max – an action-packed spy-adventure series for girls and boys from bestselling author Jacqueline Harvey!

What would you do if you woke up in a strange place? If your whole life changed in the blink of an eye and you had no idea what was going on?

Twins Kensy and Max Grey’s lives are turned upside down when they are whisked off to London, and discover their parents are missing. As the situation unfolds, so many things don’t add up: their strange new school, the bizarre grannies on their street, the coded messages they keep finding and the feeling that, all around them, adults are keeping secrets . . .

Things can never go back to the way they were, but the twins are determined to uncover the truth!

Reviews

This new series has both memorable characters and believable circumstances which will thoroughly intrigue readers from around 8 years upwards. I don’t need to use my considerable powers of ESP to predict that this will be as big a winner as Jacqueline’s other series.

Sue Warren, Just So Stories

Breaking News is an exciting and engaging novel that draws readers in as the story unfolds, leaving them eager to see what Kensy and Max get up to next. Overall this new series will have great appeal to retail markets as well as schools and libraries.

Natalie Crawford, Junior Books + Publishing

With suspicious characters, codes to break, hidden agendas and missing parents, Kensy and Max: Breaking News is the perfect opener to what will no doubt become a fast favourite amongst primary school students.

Better Reading

Kensy and Max: Breaking news is a suspenseful, intriguing and finely crafted story perfect for readers who enjoy action-packed spy stories. Jacqueline Harvey's initial novel introduces exciting characters, mysterious settings and family secrets waiting to be uncovered. Here the author teases us with little clues, snippets of information, curious conversations with people instrumental in their future plans, and this builds an air of excitement and promise for future stories.

Rhyllis Bignell, ReadPlus

Upper primary readers are going to fall in love with Kensy and Max. This book is full of mystery and adventure, codes, clues and is really fast paced. The twins have very distinct personalities, as do all the supporting characters.

Michelle, Lamont Books

There is an adventure here, and something for the twins to solve, but at the heart of the story is family – for Kensy and Max, as they wait and worry for their parents, while finding new allies here. There’s an easy camaraderie among these characters that makes this book a joy to read, and made me enjoy the idea of the adventures on which the twins and their friends and allies are embarking.

Verushka Byrow, CBCA Reading Time

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780143780656

    February 26, 2018

    Random House Australia Children's

    336 pages

    RRP $16.99

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  • Audio Download

    9780143792376

    March 1, 2018

    Penguin Random House Australia Audio

    RRP $13.99

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  • EBook

    9780143780649

    February 26, 2018

    Random House Australia

    336 pages

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Extract

Chapter 1

Max woke with a start as the car crunched to a halt. He yawned and looked around at his sister, who was still asleep in the back seat. Her blanket had slipped down and she was drooling on the pillow that was wedged in the corner. She wouldn’t thank him for noticing.

‘Where are we, Fitz?’ the boy asked sleepily. He peered out at the jewel box of stars in the clearing night sky. It had stopped raining a little while back. On the other side of the car, Max could see what looked to be a hotel. A dull glow shone from one of the windows high in the roofline. For a second, he glimpsed a face, but it was gone as soon as it had appeared.

Fitz turned and gave him a weary smile. ‘This is Alexandria,’ he replied, as if that was supposed to mean something. ‘Be a good lad and take the daypacks with you, and mind the puddles. No one will thank you for tramping mud inside.’

Fitz opened the driver’s door and hopped out of the Range Rover.

Max stretched, yawning again, then reached over and gently shook his sister’s leg. ‘Kensy,’ he whispered, ‘we’re here.’

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Clementine Rose Collection Three
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Alice-Miranda to the Rescue 13
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