Lots of Action ✔️ Thrilling Suspense ✔️ Great Main Character ✔️✔️


Jason Steed (12) is living a life as normal as it can be for a kid in Hong Kong with Ray a military father, he rarely sees, and without a mom who died when he was born. He's been here since he was five and has learned to speak Cantonese, and studied different forms of martial arts. Fast forward: He now lives in Britain,where he attends a military school to become a sea cadet. Just as he is settling into his new surroundings, his world is turned upside down. During a routine training exercise he is swept into action and Jason must act to save the world from doom.

Teen Student Reviewer (16):
As a fan of action and spy books, I enjoyed Fledgling. The intensity starts with a flashback to grab the reader's attention and let readers know how he got where he is. When you get back to the present,  the story is already in full suspense and you don't know what will happen next. The combination of the action and Jason's conflict with his father and others kept me hooked from page one. There is also a bit of fantasy and excitement that makes you want to keep reading, too.

Jason at a relatable age to the reader, and I especially liked him. He is complex and his relationship with others is realistic, which grounds the book, immerses the reader, and makes the book so much more interesting. You can relate to his struggles with school and teenage life, but then he's his own person, too. 

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Fledgling mixes exhilarating action with emotional characters in a compelling story that masterfully hooks the reader from page one. See for yourself.

Content Awareness Factors:

There is gun, physical, and other forms of violence featured throughout the book.

Type of Book:
This is the first book in an action adventure/spy series.
Educational Themes:

The main character is courageous and risks himself many times to help others or better the world. Readers can learn to stand up for themselves and others through the acts of Jason Steed

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
Recommended Age To Read Together:
Age of child:
Teen Student Volunteer. Reviewer age: 16.
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. This is a great choice for action, adventure, and spy thriller fans.

Title Fledgling: Jason Steed

Jason Steed, Book 1 of 6

Author Mark A. Cooper
Publisher Sourcebooks Young Readers © 2010
ISBN 9781402239991
Material Paperback
Cost $10.65
Genres Adventure, Sports, 1960s & 1970s
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