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Operation Manhattan (Secret Mission Series, 1)

Dana Elazar-Halevi

AGE: 9-14



About the "Secret Mission" series in short: 

Three Kids, two boys and a girl, are sent by the Israeli Mossad to perform secret operations across the globe. Secret Mission introduces young  readers to the intriguing world of espionage and intelligence services - a world full of inventions and innovations, creative solutions to seemingly impossible situations, courage and free thinking. 


When Guy, Roy and Noam are chosen to participate in a special youth delegation to the United Nations in New York, no one understands why. Maybe Guy, a computer whiz, makes sense, but why in the world was Noam chosen? She’s a total freak! And Roy? He barely knows any English! Only one person knows the truth – Hanan Shomroni, a top-ranking Mossad agent.

Ahmed Abu Bashir, the leader of an international terror organization, is about to arrive for a visit to the UN. Hanan decides that it's a one-time opportunity to break into his computer, but the Mossad isn't allowed to operate in the US. Against all reason and without telling anyone, Hanan decides that only these children can do the job.

The three go through tough training to prepare for the complicated and dangerous operation. But when they get to Manhattan, everything goes wrong, Hanan is kidnapped by Abu Bashir's men and failure looms. After overcoming massive obstacles, the three kids uncover a plot to bomb the UN headquarters, and manage to save Hanan's life. Their bravery and resourcefulness are rewarded when the president of the United States greets them at the White House.








Rhythmic, fascinating and with a real local color.

David Rapp, Haaretz


The story is interesting throughout …  Well written scenes … A suspenseful plot, a drama which glorifies the individual as much as it does teamwork, and in the tradition of initiation journeys to finding inner strengths and overcoming obstacles with wisdom and trickery … An Intriguing series that should be continued.

Yotam Shwimmer, Ynet


This book has all the right elements to be a bestseller … Suspenseful and intriguing from the first page to the last, with a strong potential for an excellent TV series later on.

Meira Barnea Goldberg, Mako


Short chapters with rhythmic and frantic dialogues, lovable characters, lots of plot twists in the plot and well written mystery.

Tal Marmelshtein, Israel Hayom


Fluently written, gripping plot, rich and accurate language … An excellent book, full of suspense and greatly enjoyable.

Mor Fogelman-Dvorkin, Achbar Ha'ir


A greatly necessary book about a group of adventurous kids … Many children have already read it with immense joy and they are holding their breath waiting for the next book.

Maya Levin, Laisha


Smooth, enjoyable and suspenseful reading … When you finish it, you want to start immediately the next adventure in the series.

Yevgeny Tarabanov, Ha-Pinkas


A wonderfully written Israeli spy thriller … It grips the reader all the way.

Ya'arit Trabelsi, Saloona


I felt as though I was in The Famous Five … The action is outstanding. The book gets right down to it … The kids waiting for the next one have something enjoyable to look forward to.

Gadi Eidelheit, Literary Blog

Title Operation Manhattan (Secret Mission Series, 1)
Author’s Last Name Elazar-Halevi
Author's First Name Dana
Language(s) Hebrew
Genre youth
Publisher (Hebrew) Achuzat Bayit, Yedioth Ahronoth
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 2015
No. Pages 316 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Mivtza Manhattan: Shlichut Chasha'it 1
Representation Represented by ITHL
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