Published: August 2014
Reviewed by Debbie Berger
Ciao EJ! is the 18th book in this popular series and this one is set in Italy. This time, EJ12, who is Emma Jacks when she is not working as a spy for the Shine Agency, has to solve the mystery of who is destroying the great statues of Italy. Evil agency SHADOW is up to something and EJ12 needs to piece together the clues to solve the mystery.
While Emma is at school her problems are realistic and readers can relate to things such as her friends neglecting her, feeling down about a bad grade and the usual issues that young school girls deal with every day. Emma is suspicious of mean girl, Nema. In the end she helps the reader learn about not holding grudges and to accept everyone for whom they are.
Fans of the EJ12 Girl Hero will not be disappointed as the story is as engaging as all of the others in this series. Let’s hope this isn’t the last one in the series!