As it is World Book Day, here is a book I love. ‘Boy in a Tutu’ by Kate Scott is a sequel to her novel ‘Boy in Tights’. The adventure continues for Joe (or Josephine) as he is now styled since going into hiding. The concept of parents who are spies is an outlandish one but it is full of comedy and this book’s audience of children will love it.
Joe must continue to pretend to be a girl as his new identity and to keep him safe from the enemy who want to track down his parents. In this book, Joe is coming to terms with the idea of spy parents and can even see some benefits; ballet is not one of them, though, and he is, once again, put into a difficult situation when he is sent to ballet lessons with his friend.
Being in disguise allows him to see what is hidden to others and there is a story spine running through the book of adults up to no good. Joe has to be a convincing girl to pass unnoticed at the local sports centre where an exhibition of World Cup memorabilia is vulnerable to thieves.
As well as being a comedy, this story highlights the border children cross when they understand what life is like for others. For Joe, being Josephine reveals a lot about the way girls are treated.
‘Spies in Disguise: Boy in a Tutu’ is a lot of fun. It is in my hinterland. What’s in yours?