Playing with Fire (A School for Spies Novel Book 1) by Bruce Hale

Young Llama Thoughts
  • Adventurous
  • Christian Friendly
  • Easy Reading
  • Humerous
  • Youth Appropriate
4.4 Llamas


This is the 1st book of the School for S.P.I.E.S series, (I had read the 2nd one first…Opps!) and it is soooo cool!!!! I totally love this series, and I can’t wait to read the 3rd one!!!!!!! (Yes, I am reading them in the wrong order… Sorry…)

The book is about a foster kid who can’t find a good home; and he gets sent to this orphanage that is actually a school for spies! He then finds out his dad is ALIVE and tries to find him, while trying to escape the crazy school!

The book is sooooooooo fun, and very clean. But there was one part in it where he noticed a girls leg was long and lean… (Uh…Ew!) But other than the one part, it is very kid-friendly!!!!! Though there is violence… but they are spies!!! Of course there is gonna be some violence! Some people get shot at, a lot of buildings are lit on fire, and some people die. But nothing is really described that much. (So still kid-friendly!)

Over all, I suggest this book to those who love reading about spies!!! It is sooooo cool and you should totally read it right NOW! (Though, I suggest reading it on Kindle, since you can’t really go to the library right now…) Love you all! Stay healthy! -The Young Llama Reader.


  • An awesome book for anyone who likes Spies!!!!
  • Adventure, action, and awesomeness!!!!
  • Pretty clean, and acceptable for kids!


  • Some violence
  • One semi-adult thing

Juvenile delinquent and budding pyromaniac Max Segredo belongs in juvie hall. At least, that’s what his most recent foster family would tell you. Instead, Max ends up on the doorstep of Merry Sunshine Orphanage-their very heavily guarded doorstep. As he begins to acclimate to his new home, Max learns a few things straightaway: first, cracking a Caesar Cipher isn’t as hard as it seems; second, never sass your instructor if she’s also holding throwing knives; and third, he may not be an orphan after all. Soon, Max and the rest of the students are sent on a mission to keep a dangerous weapon out of the hands of LOTUS, an international group bent on world domination. Of course, all Max cares about is finding out more about his father, the man he’s now sure is still alive. As the stakes get higher, Max must make some difficult choices, including who to trust, and finally learns the true meaning of family.

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