The Shadow Project
By Herbie Brennan
Balzer and Bray, 2010. 355 pp. Juvenile fiction.
Thieving for a living, Danny Lipman stumbles upon a top secret organization in one of his robbery attempts. After being caught by the group, called the Shadow Project, he is given the choice to either serve jail time or to work as one of their agents. Choosing the latter, he delves into the deadly missions by means of astral projection and remote viewing, but there is much more at stake than anyone realizes. Despite the seeming safety of being out of body during the missions, things no one thought possible are happening, and they are causing harm to the operative's physical bodies. As ancient, dark forces gather to overcome the Shadow Project, Danny is forced to learn fast in order to protect himself and his friends.
Fast paced and exciting, this book is sure to spark interest in older readers, perhaps 5th and 6th graders especially as well as younger teens. I really liked the aspect of mind-traveling, particularly in conjunction with secret agent work, which when paired together made a unique story. Despite the writing being a little disjointed in places and the story being a bit too fantastical, the book is still truly hard to put down and is a fun, speedy read.