When Deb was young, she spent her time imagining she was on great adventures all over the world. When she grew older, she went on them for real. She slept beside alligators in Zaire, sailed down Venetian canals and was thrown in jail by heavily armed men in Nigeria before bribing her way out. After three years she came home and worked in kids' TV at Network Ten for seven years before leaving to write novels about a girl who goes on adventures all over the world. Deb is the author of the Max Remy Superspy and Jasper Zammit (Soccer Legend) series. Max Remy, with her spy partner Linden, fights bad guys from Hollywood to Venice and the heart of the Amazon jungle. The books are available in a few countries, but Deb is mostly chuffed that they're in Malta, where her father and grandfather were born. Jasper Zammit (Soccer Legend) was written with the help of soccer legend Johnny Warren, who sadly died before he could see the first book printed. It is about an 11-year-old called Jasper who dreams of being just such a legend.
Gr 4-6-Eleven-year-old Max Remy-scruffy, klutzy, and annoyed at her life-again finds herself the unlikely savior of the world in this third volume in the series. After (just barely) passing her first sessions of Spy Force training, she and her friend Linden, on whom she has an ill-concealed crush, are sent on what Max hopes will be an important mission. However, they turn out to be waiting tables at a grand awards banquet for the world's good-guy spy teams. When her boss discovers that Max has accidentally carried a fake security badge onto the secret island where the ceremony is being held, the possibility arises that the dastardly Mr. Blue has found a way to destroy all of the spies at once by bringing a sleeping volcano to life. The story, in which every plot turn threatens the entire world, would seem very much at home in a Saturday-morning cartoon, as would most of the characters. But it's all in good, if shallow, fun, and more volumes in the series are on the way.-Walter Minkel, New York Public Library Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.