Milo Speck: Accidental Agent


Milo Speck

MILO SPECK: Accidental Agent

By Linda Urban

Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt, New York, 2015

ISBN: 978-0-544-41951-3

Price: Hardback $16.99

The story opens like this:

“Milo had read about magic before. He knew that kids in stories sometimes found magic in secret drawers or hidden away in attics, and he had always hoped that if he were to find magic, it would appear in the form of a mysterious silver coin or a doorway to an enchanted world. But when magic came to Milo Speck, it came in the form of a sock.”

Milo proceeds to have adventures in an alternate universe after being drawn into it. I won’t tell you how it happens. When Milo discovers that children are being eaten by ogres, he has to do something. His actions while working on his rescues are funny, and full of action. He finds his father in this alternate universe. His father is not at all what Milo assumes he is. Milo also uncovers that his mother did not leave him, she is sucked into an alternate universe trying to complete a rescue of her own.

The dialogue is believable and the characters are well developed. As the story unfolds, the reader finds out that many things are not what they appear to be. The reader is able to accept the premise of this imaginary world and suspend belief. I enjoyed the story. I think readers will also identify with Milo, and his adventures.

I give this story a 4.5 out of a possible 5 stars.



About Mary T Kincaid

Writer of fiction and non-fiction for children of all ages. Love the mental age where the rules of logic are suspended and there is a willingness to enter the story world no matter what your physical age.

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