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.
The school year has begun and Guy, Noam and Roy are now in 9th grade. They’re trying to settle back into school routine after their summer adventure in Manhattan, when they hacked into an international terrorist’s computer and averted a large-scale attack, together with Hanan Shomroni, the Mossad agent who recruited them for the mission. They’re sure that their spying days are over: the Mossad doesn’t enlist children, and what are the chances that Hanan will need their help again?
But then a dark secret emerges from Noam’s family past; at the same time there are news reports about horrible acts being committed by a neo-Nazi organization in Germany. The three children host a girl from Germany, who has a clue that could lead them straight to the head of the organization, so they decide to go to Berlin on a secret operation to find him. Hanan Shomroni and other Mossad agents, as well as the German secret service, are also trying to capture the neo-Nazi leader. But he has vanished, and no one has any idea how to find him. No one, that is, except the three kids.
Operation Berlin, the second book in the Secret Mission series, takes the three young spies to new heights of suspense, daring and danger. In a world full of cruelty, they discover the power of new friendships and get to know themselves better.
Out of the mystery and glory surrounding the Mossad, Elazar–Halevi has spun a book colored in very Israeli shades, reflecting the reality of her readers’ lives while faithfully keeping to the elements of the suspense–espionage genre, elements that give the story a cosmopolitan aura and maintain the fast–moving tempo and high tension of the plot line. Throughout the story, the characters retain their attributes as depicted in the earlier book of the series, and there are also developments and changes that reveal new layers and avert their slipping into the stereotypical good and bad, or strong and weak. Thus, Elazar–Halevi gives her heroes certain anti–heroic characteristics that make them more human and complicated, and thereby present the complexities of the Israeli reality in which they are functioning.
The Ha–Pinkas Award Committee, December 2016
I can say out loud that this is the best series of spy books for young readers written in recent years, and it is here to stay.
Meira Barnea Goldberg, Mako
The second book does not disappoint. In it too there are the right degrees of drama, adventure and suspense, and Elazar–Halevi has done well to give it a more complex plot, in both the dramatic and the emotional senses, thereby giving the series a true validity.
Yotam Shwimmer, Ynet
Terribly suspenseful … Captivating characters who evoke identification. The writer has hit the nail right on the head when it comes to the mood and the tone in which teenagers speak … An intelligent and enjoyable read.
Hagar Yanai, IDF Radio
An engrossing book that doesn’t lose its rhythm for a single moment, and never deteriorates into banality.
Hamutal Levin, Time Out
The second book in this espionage series is very well written, with characters who speak in a snappy, credible way, and it is interesting and suspenseful.
Shay Sela, Marmelada
The story is convincing and exciting.
Yehiam Padan, Bestbooks.co.il
One of the most successful writers of books for youngsters in Israel
Maya Nahum Shahal, Calcalist
The first book by Dana Elazar–Halevi left readers wishing for more … The happy rumor is that the third part of the series has already been written and is waiting its turn for publication.
Maya Levin, Laisha
The second book is just as good as the first … The book’s magic is simply that it contains the correct quantity of all the components in the right order … Parents have also been looking forward to this book.
Gadi Eidelheit, Literary Blog
My kids quarreled over who would get to read Operation Berlin first.
Tal Berman, Radio Eco 99 FM
As in the first book in the series, here too there is an exciting plot, with suspenseful climaxes and with the children having to display a lot of resourcefulness and courage … and they do this marvelously … A good book.
David Simhon, Olam Katan