Lee, Y.S. (2011). The Agency: Spy in the House. Somerville: Candlewick Press.
Hungry, poor and a petty criminal in Victorian London, Mary Lang is set to hang when she is rescued by Miss Scrimshaw's School for Girls. Eventually frustrated with being a teacher, she finds herself inducted into The Agency, a network of female spies and detectives. Her task is to investigate Mr. Thorold, a potential smuggler, but she quickly finds she is in the midst of a much more complicated plot. Surprise marriages, secret affairs, backstabbing, murder, revelations, and a hint of romance make this first book in Y.S. Lee's Mary Quinn trilogy an engaging, fun young adult mystery.
Suitable for grades 6 and above.
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