The Official Spy's Handbook by

The Official Spy's Handbook

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Illustrated by Colin King
Part of the Usborne Handbooks Series

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For all those inquisitive youngsters in the family then this 'how to be a good spy' handbook will give them hours of entertainment before putting what they learn into practice. From cracking secret codes and creating effective disguises to tracking and decoding signals it's a book to be kept close at hand but hidden from the unknown enemy!

There is a sister title to this called The Official Detective's Handbook for all those who want to outsmart the criminal mind.


The Official Spy's Handbook by

Packed with tips, hints and advice on all the tricks needed to be a super spy, including how to write and break codes, how to use disguises to avoid detection and how to stalk and shadow enemy spies effectively. Includes spy-tests, observation quizzes and code-cracking challenges.


'Le Carre for ten-year-olds, this book made espionage seem like a perfectly viable profession' - Author David Nicholls in The Times; 'Packed with tips and tricks needed to be a super spy, including quizzes to check how much budding Bonds have learnt' - Yours magazine; 'From cracking secret codes and creating effective disguises to tracking and decoding signals it's a book to be kept close at hand but hidden from the unknown enemy' - Parents in Touch; 'I love a book that encourages kids to be creative and The Usborne Official Spy's Handbook is just that!' - The London Mummy blog; 'Usborne's vintage Spy's Handbook (GBP6.99), now in paperback, is an endless resource for would-be sleuths. You should buy two; one for a child, one for his best friend, so they can swap secret messages' - The Evening Standard; 'My childhood fixation with the art of spying - it hasn't entirely gone away - was down to a book called The Usborne Spy's Guidebook' - India Knight, The Sunday Times'

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192 pages
Interest Age: 7+


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Usborne Publishing Ltd

Publication date

1st October 2014




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