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category: Young Adult Fiction
published: Mar 2015
publisher: Second Story Press

The Secret of the Golden Flower

by Caroline Stellings

tagged: mysteries & detective stories

Immediately upon her arrival in London to train as a spy, sixteen-year-old Nicki Haddon is assigned to help the British Secret Service infiltrate a drug cartel that is smuggling large amounts of heroin into the country. Placing herself in the midst of a tough East End street gang, she uncovers a plot to create a super-potent opiate and also discovers a royal connection -- one that goes all the way back to Queen Victoria. Nicki puts her life at risk as she goes after the kingpin of the cartel. Her kung fu skills are severely tested in this action-packed thriller, as the teen spy-in-training tries to unravel not only "the secret of the golden flower," but the ongoing mystery of her own past.

About the Author
Caroline Stellings is an award-winning author and illustrator. Her book The Contest, part of the Gutsy Girl series, won the 2009 ForeWord Book of the Year Award and was a finalist for the 2010/11 Hackmatack prize. Besides her many books for children and young adults, she is also the writer of The Nancy Drew Crookbook, a long running series in The Sleuth magazine. She lives in Waterdown, Ontario.
Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
12 to 16
7 to 10
Reading age:
12 to 16
Editorial Reviews

[Caroline Stellings] is known for her writings on the Nancy Drew mystery series, and the influences are clear. Nicky Haddon is equally perky, as indefatigable, and as talented a role model for pre-teen girls.

— Resource Links

...the story unfolds at breakneck speed with Nicki in the middle of all the action.... [A] cracking good read.

— CM: Canadian Review of Materials

A worthy pick for a middle school readers, especially those who are adept at following an intricate plot.

— School Library Journal

Certain to be an enduringly popular addition to school and community YA Fiction collections.

— The Midwest Book Review

Readers should expect a fast-paced story with a powerhouse heroine and a punk rock soundtrack.

— Booklist

I prefer Nicki to so many of the strong female protagonists of trendy YA lit... a clever and talented martial artist, with the right stuff to insinuate herself into situations in which she can problem-solve the mysteries within.

— CanLit for Little Canadians

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The Secret of the Golden Flower

The Secret of the Golden Flower is an exciting spy adventure. Teenage protagonist, Nikki Haddon, has a talent for Kung-Fu and intelligence work. Her spy training helps her uncover the truth behind her own upbringing, as uses her skills to learn that she was abandoned at birth in China. Nikki is a dynamic Canadian-Asian female protagonist, and this tale of finding yourself as a young teen will resonate with young readers from all backgrounds searching for their own sense of belonging.

Source: Association of Canadian Publishers. Diversity Collection Selection 2017.

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