Get curbside service details on our blog.

Book drops are open at all locations except Edmondson Pike.

The spy who came in from the sea

Book Cover
Average Rating
Pineapple Press,
Pub. Date:
1st ed.
Reading Level:
IL: MG - BL: 5.2 - AR Pts: 5
Lexile measure:

Fourteen-year old Frank Hollahan moves to Florida in 1943, at the height of World War II, to join his father, a navy seaman. When Frank and his mother arrive at the busy naval port of Jacksonville, a surprising new life awaits them. In this new place, Frank's life changes in ways he never imagined. In his new school, his tendency toward exaggeration quickly builds him a reputation as a teller of tales. He wanders to the beach one night and sees what seems to be a man coming ashore from a submarine. When he informs his family, friends, and teachers that he saw a spy from a German U-boat land on the local beach, no one believes him. Is the spy real, or is he only a part of Frank's imagination and exaggeration? Frank is certain the spy has plans for sabotage. With the aid of Rosemarie Twekenberry, who has eyes only for Frank, and a mysterious beach recluse known as Weird Wanda, Frank sets out to prove the spy's existence. With time running out, Frank must figure out a way to stop him. Each rumor and discovery--whether a buried chest, a secret code, or a mysterious note--presents new problems.

The truth finally comes to light at the big bond rally in the shipyard as Frank's class presents a rousing patriotic program, led by Mr. Jolly, an ex-clown turned teacher. Thrown into the mix are a brash, redheaded student named Howard; Gladys, the organizer; and other zany characters who all join in the tangled web of this wartime mystery, based on an actual occurrence. The spy who came in from the sea ends up teaching Frank--and the people of Jacksonville--valuable lessons about friendship, perseverance, and the power of the truth.

See all of the books in this series
Also in This Series
More Like This
More Details
Reading Level:
Level 5.2, 5 Points
Lexile measure:
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.

No Tags, Be the first to tag this record!

Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work ID 942ff746-59bc-4147-d194-9dfd8889dfc1
Grouping Title spy who came in from the sea
Grouping Author nolan peggy
Grouping Category book
Last Grouping Update 2020-09-25 14:14:13PM
Last Indexed 2020-10-22 01:06:00AM

Solr Details

accelerated_reader_interest_level MG
accelerated_reader_point_value 5
accelerated_reader_reading_level 5.2
author Nolan, Peggy.
author_display Nolan, Peggy
available_at_school John Early Middle
collection_school Fiction
detailed_location_school John Early Middle - Teen Fiction
display_description A fourteen-year-old moves to Florida at the height of World War II to join his father, a Navy seaman, and soon develops such a reputation for exaggeration that when he announces having seen an enemy spy land on the beach, no one believes him.
format_category_school Books
format_school Book
id 942ff746-59bc-4147-d194-9dfd8889dfc1
isbn 9781561641864
Bib IdItem IdShelf LocCall NumFormatFormat CategoryNum CopiesIs Order ItemIs eContenteContent SourceeContent FileeContent URLsubformatDetailed StatusLast CheckinLocationSub-location
ils:CARL0000128799 P00378179 John Early Middle - Teen Fiction F NOL 1 false false On Shelf 49285
itype_school Book
last_indexed 2020-10-22T06:06:00.872Z
lexile_score 590
literary_form Fiction
literary_form_full Fiction
local_callnumber_school F NOL
owning_library_school Schools
owning_location_school John Early Middle
primary_isbn 9781561641864
publishDate 1999
Bib IdFormatFormat CategoryEditionLanguagePublisherPublication DatePhysical Description
ils:CARL0000128799 Book Books 1st ed. English Pineapple Press, c1999. 129 p. ; 22 cm.
recordtype grouped_work
Bib IdItem IdGrouped StatusStatusLocally OwnedAvailableHoldableBookableIn Library Use OnlyLibrary OwnedHoldable PTypesBookable PTypesLocal Url
ils:CARL0000128799 P00378179 On Shelf On Shelf false true true false false true
subject_facet Fathers and sons -- Juvenile fiction
Florida -- Juvenile fiction
Honesty -- Juvenile fiction
Spies -- Juvenile fiction
World War, 1939-1945 -- Juvenile fiction
title_display The spy who came in from the sea
title_full The spy who came in from the sea / Peggy Nolan
title_short The spy who came in from the sea
topic_facet Fathers and sons
World War, 1939-1945