Simone LaFray and the Red Wolves of London

Children - Mystery
248 Pages
Reviewed on 04/07/2022
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Reviewed by Peggy Jo Wipf for Readers' Favorite

What began as a short spy story for S.P. O'Farrell's niece is now an award-winning series that rivals a modern-day Nancy Drew. Simone LaFray and the Red Wolves of London find our junior spy, Simone, taking a new case to rescue another junior spy, Claire, who has gone missing. Going to a prestigious school in London allowed her to investigate the kidnapping and attend the opening of her family's new store. She is reluctant when the notorious Red Wolves ask her to join their mission until she discovers Claire was a part of their crusade. Keeping her friendships and family life separate becomes difficult when they are threatened because of the job she must do to find Claire and a dangerous key.

Grade school students will love the suspense, school drama, and cultural differences in Simone LaFray and the Red Wolves of London. S.P. O'Farrell continues Simone's career as a junior spy after she identifies a criminal. Children will enjoy living through Simone's character as she struggles with confidence and attention from her fellow students. Her fame brings a following of impressionable students as well as bullies. This story is well-written with a plot that moves between school life and dangerous steps to find the missing agent. I found this story captivating as the author blends adventure, humor, and doubt into the mission. Simone is an endearing character that will live on in the hearts of her audience. I am looking forward to her next set of adventures. I highly recommend this book to those who enjoy mystery and adventure at a student level.

Michaela Gordoni

Simone LaFray and the Red Wolves of London by S.P. O'Farrell is an adventure spy novel about a girl with especially high skills and intellect. In this exciting sequel, Simone finds herself at a school in London in a mixed-up mystery of plot twists. Her mission is to locate a special item and a special person, too. She gets to put her artistic talents to surreptitious use and might even destroy a little bit (or a lot) of artwork in her investigative work. But being at the school means being beleaguered by lots of challenges and unwanted distractions. Simone just might make some interesting acquaintances, and maybe even a boyfriend, too! But will she be able to stay focused on her mission?

Overall, I thought this was a great book for middle-grade kids. It is a novel with a large vocabulary, and it is written without even a hint of a patronizing tone as children’s books often (although unintentionally) are. S.P. O’Farrell wrote this with an understanding that young people should not be underestimated. Therefore, I believe Simone LaFray and the Red Wolves of London will appeal to young people that are searching for this kind of rare writing and/or author. Although there is definitely spying involved, the book is more sleuth-like than spy-like. There is not much danger, peril, or use of weapons. And maybe just one or two spy gadgets are mentioned. But S.P. O’Farrell did contain some great elements, such as travel, late-night escapades, and undercover work.

Jennifer Ibiam

The LaFray family was a hit at the Chocolatiers’ Ball, which conferred fame on Simone and her kin, but she hated it. She wanted to slink back into privacy while focusing on school and her job as a spy for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Unfortunately, duty called, and her newfound fame was the springboard to accomplishing the mission. However, when Simone’s colleague went missing from the prestigious Claymoore school in England, she dropped everything to find her. Simone would fight a tough battle with loyalty and experience peer pressure and student rivalry while focusing on her mission at the school. She would also stumble into a tangled web woven by those she trusted the most in Simone LaFray and the Red Wolves of London by S. P. O’Farrell.

Adventure, espionage, loyalty, friendship, manipulation, and courage form the core of Simone LaFray and the Red Wolves of London by S. P. O’Farrell. This second installment of the Simone LaFray Mystery Series will appeal to middle school and teenagers who enjoy spy stories. I loved everything about this book, from the unique characters to the relatable storyline and excellent plot. It was beautiful watching Simone as she evolved as a person, friend, daughter, and spy. She was sharp, perceptive, sensitive and would grow into a formidable young woman as the book progresses. V was also a captivating character for her larger-than-life personality. She was a perfect complement to the laid-back Simone. O’Farrell’s writing style is simple and easy to grasp by kids, and the story is riveting. Great job.

Pikasho Deka

Simone LaFray and the Red Wolves of London is the second book in the Simone LaFray Mystery Series by S.P. O'Farrell. After becoming an international music sensation, Simone LaFray takes her rising popularity in school in her stride. However, when the Junior Agent of the Ministry, Claire Pilfrey, goes missing, Simone is assigned to the case alongside the task of finding the mysterious OmniKey. With V, her best friend, she joins the posh Claymoore School in London. But things get complicated with the return of the infamous cyberterrorist Maestro, who is responsible for power outages in some of the major cities of Europe. Additionally, Simone finds herself in the company of the Red Wolves of London. Can she complete her assignment while being loyal to her newfound friends?

Simone LaFray and the Red Wolves of London is an absolute treat for anyone who enjoys sleuth stories or mystery novels. Author S.P. O'Farrell's middle-grade action-adventure tale is full of intrigue, mystery, and suspense that keeps your eyes glued to the pages. The book follows Simone LaFray, a talented young spy working for the Ministry, who finds herself pulled toward two opposing factions due to unforeseen circumstances. There is plenty of wit, charm, and humor sprinkled throughout the pages that make the narrative fly by, keeping you entertained all the way through. The characters are colorful and vibrant, and their distinct personalities pop out of the pages. I had a wonderful time reading Simone LaFray and the Red Wolves of London. Recommended to kids and young adults alike.