I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.EKHO by Maria D. Jones
Genres: Action, Middle Grade, Spy
Published by Premier Digital Publishing on Feb. 4th
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Ten-year-old Elvis Jones is tired of being picked on, taunted, and teased by the bullies at his elementary school, so he does what any smart, technologically brilliant kid his age would do: he creates EKHO, the Evil Kid Hunting Organization, a sophisticated network of kid spies and secret agents that utilize a variety of cool gadgets to stay one step ahead of the enemy – the bullies. They hire kids, make them swear allegiance to the organization, and train them as Commandos, Privates, and Elite Spies. As kids rise through the ranks, the missions, posted on an encrypted EKHO website, require more smarts and skill, especially when the bullies form their own counterspy group called DEKE (Destroy EKHO Kids Everywhere).
It’s all in good fun, until the kids of EKHO must put their pretend skills to use for far more serious, and dangerous, missions. As field agents come across evidence of more sinister forces, they now have to deal with the strange, weird, and the unknown as they look for the truth about the bizarre and creepy threats to their school, their families, and their own lives. They experience betrayal, intrigue, infiltration and counter-espionage as well as teachers and adults who act more mysterious with each passing day, which leaves Elvis and his EKHO team wondering: who can you trust when the person standing next to you might not be entirely human?
EKHO is an interesting take on school bullying. I also thought it was cool that this story is also based upon the authors son’s on stop bullying spy agency. EKHO is real.
Elvis is tired of being bullied all the time. He doesn’t want to spend his time in middle school being bullied, so he invents EKHO (Evil Kid Hunting Organization) and brings in his three best friends. They go all out with a fancy website, a mirror website to full the bullies, spy gear, the works. The idea is to stay one step ahead of the bullies and try and help those who are being bullied. As word spreads more and more kids want to join.
Elvis has been watching the bullies and something is a little off with them this year. They are just acting really weird and the new girl Santana doesn’t even exist in the school records. Then all of a sudden they are compromised with a ‘traitor’ and the bullies fight back with DEKE (Destroy EKHO Kids Everywhere). Who can they trust? One of their teachers act a little strange and keeps telling Elvis, “The friend of my enemy is my friend.” Which confuses the heck out of poor Elvis.
The ending leaves with a little bit of a cliffhanger as you don’t get to know exactly what is going on with the bullies but you know something strange is going on.
All the main kids in EKHO are great and very inventive. Elvis is the main character out of the other and he is very smart and brave. I loved how he stood up to bullying towards the end. I think this is a great book for young readers to read and interesting way to deal with the realities of bullying in schools. If you have young readers at home I would recommend you get a copy and I can’t wait to see what happens in the second book!
Oh on a side note, there is a little bit of cussing in this book. I just wanted to make note of it since it is a MG book and some might not want their children reading books with cuss words.