A trio of young superheroes try to thwart a spy in this second book in the action-packed, comics-inspired adventure series that’s Hidden Figures meets Wonder Woman!
After defeating The Hissler—and discovering their power as a team—The League of Secret Heroes are ready for their next adventure. When Akiko, Mae, and Josie learn that a spy is betraying secrets to the Japanese military, they join Room Twelve in San Francisco for important work with other code-cracking experts.
But soon there is another very personal code to crack: Akiko is shocked to see her mom walking with the suspected spy, where Akiko’s family used to live. San Francisco had been their home until Executive Order No. 9066, which sent Akiko and all Japanese Americans on the West Coast into internment camps.
Akiko fears her mother has become tangled up with something sinister, and soon, more evil forces are menacing the very camp where Akiko’s family is supposed to be. With the help of her fellow Secret Heroes, can Akiko solve the most important puzzle of all?
Kate Hannigan is a noted author with a special passion for stories that empower girls and women. Her picture book biography, A Lady Has the Floor, received four starred reviews and was named a Junior Library Guild Selection. In addition to the 2016 Golden Kite Award for Middle Grade Fiction, The Detective’s Assistant also received two starred reviews and was a Booklist Editor’s Choice, among many other accolades. Hannigan recently presented at NCTE on “Our Mighty Girls,” about girl power in middle grade fiction, and was a judge for 2018’s Golden Kite Awards. Between her active presence on social media (@KateChicago), her work as founder of the Hyde Park/South Side Chicago chapter of SCBWI, and as a busy conference speaker, Kate is an involved, vocal, and respected member of the kid lit community. Visit her online at KateHannigan.com.
Patrick Spaziante is an American comic book artist and children’s book illustrator known for his work for Archie Comics, in particular his interior pencil and cover work for Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic X, and Sonic Universe.