Early reviews for The Spectacular Spencer Gray are in!

Early reviews for The Spectacular Spencer Gray are in!

Early reviews for The Spectacular Spencer Gray are coming in and it’s hard not to be delighted. I’m including a few snippets here for those interested. Thank you to readers and reviewers alike and I look forward to seeing quite a few of you, along with your wonderful librarians and teachers, during Children’s Book Week!

The Spectacular Spencer Gray is a fast-paced, addictive read. It’s fresh, relatable and full of intrigue and adventure. With devious crooks, daring escapes and midnight missions, kids won’t be able to put it down.

Avid readers will love the intrigue and flawlessly written characters, and more reluctant readers won’t be able to resist the action-packed capers of Spencer and his mates. Boys in particular will love this one, and it’s the kind of story that can kick-start a love of reading.

Kids’ Book Review


Deb Fitzpatrick’s Spencer Gray books are engaging and full of adventure, with a protagonist who uses courage and ingenuity to get out of the most extraordinary of situations in a spectacular fashion!



I don’t normally read books with strong male characters, but this book was different. It combined the element of adventure with the Australian bush and caring for animals and nature. I also really liked the vivid description that the author used in the book, it really painted a picture in my mind of every scene, helped to build the tension and made me want to read on.

I recommend this book for boys and girls aged 10–14, especially if you enjoy mystery, adventure and looking after Australian wildlife.

—Kailani, 11, Alphabet Soup


It’s refreshing to come across a book which is fun but touches on serious subjects, is laconic but allows the reader to learn something (surreptitiously!) and is action-packed, but also feels creepily authentic.

I would recommend The Spectacular Spencer Gray to young readers looking for a quick yet involving read featuring an unlikely hero and the adventure that awaits in the great outdoors.

The Bookshelf Gargoyle

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