Plot[ edit ] Janey Brown was originally a very normal and boring student. Jane meets many other spylets, some of whom help her, some of whom betray her. She also finds out that there is no such person as Solomon Brown. He is actually her father, who she has never before seen in her life.
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I can see that the idea of plain mousey little Janey Brown being transformed into sensational spylet Jane Blonde with the aid of some gadgetry, some blonding of the hair, a bit of bling, a slick little silver outfit and some flashy gadgetry and boots sounds pretty good. I can see how this book might appeal to an eight, maybe ten year old girl, although I doubt that it would stretch much beyond that age as some of the concepts are pretty simplistic.
When I was reading the sorts of books that I loved as a little girl, there was a sense that a girl could do whatever she wanted to do, regardless of what she looked like, regardless of how people tried to "pigeon-hole" her. The heroines of my childhood solved the problem, caught the baddies, righted the wrongs with a hefty dose of brain power, the occasional bit of personal jeopardy and heaps and heaps of front!
Unfortunately this reader became increasingly uncomfortable as the book progressed. Jane could only be a spy when transformed from mousey to sensational blonde, Freddie could only be a friend when he was a plain and ordinary boy, too "special" otherwise.
There seemed to be an increasing sub-text that the "look" was the important bit and the gadgetry was shiny and all very blonde and beautiful. Given I had this sneaking feeling of disquiet anyway, inconsistencies and missed opportunities with the storylines started to become stark. One of the threads of the story is that Jane has an uncle who has been secretly sending her dingbats to solve for ages.
Not exactly playing fair with the reader. So disappointed I sought a second opinion from the bloke around the house. Neither of us were particularly impressed, both of us unprompted came away with the same sense of disquiet about the message that this book seems to be sending.
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