Fiction (Young adult)
A Spy in the House (The Agency; book one)
Somerville, Mass.: Candlewick Press, 2010.
Synopsis (from the author’s official website)
Orphan Mary Quinn lives on the edge. Sentenced as a thief at the age of twelve, she’s rescued from the gallows by a woman posing as a prison warden. In her new home, Miss Scrimshaw’s Academy for Girls, Mary acquires a singular education, fine manners, and surprising opportunity. The school is a cover for the Agency – an elite, top-secret corps of female investigators with a reputation for results – and at seventeen, Mary’s about to join their ranks.
With London all but paralyzed by a noxious heat wave, Mary must work fast in the guise of lady’s companion to infiltrate a rich merchant’s home with hopes of tracing his missing cargo ships. But the Thorold household is full of dangerous secrets, and people are not what they seem – least of all Mary.
Awards and Honours
2011 John Spray Mystery Award (Canadian Children’s Book Centre) (Winner)
2011 Red Maple Fiction Award (Ontario Library Association) (Finalist)
2010 Agatha Awards–Best Children’s/Young Adult (Finalist)