SPIES: Mata Hari

A Choose Your Own Adventure Book

Published: 5/1/2019

Choose Your Own Adventure SPIES: Mata Hari by Katherine Factor takes YOU around the world and back in time. 9-12 year old readers will enact the early life of an actual historic spy, Margaretha Zelle, who was best known by her stage name, "Mata Hari.” More than a dancer and spy, Mata Hari was an intelligent and courageous feminist; a resourceful survivor; and an adventurous spirit who lived dangerously.

Choose Your Own Adventure SPIES: Mata Hari is an interactive gamebook in which YOU decide what happens next.

The year is 1915, and YOU are young Margaretha Zelle, a world-famous dancer from the Netherlands. You have just arrived in Bali, Indonesia with your dance troupe when your best friend Althea goes missing. As a master of tongues and disguises, who better to save her? Your trek through the mysterious Balinese jungle might lead you to a top secret spy school, but if you leave now, you will miss your chance to audition for the performance of a lifetime.

For readers who enjoyed other titles from the Choose Your Own Adventure series including: Secret of the Ninja by Jay Leibold, Cup of Death by Shannon Gilligan, and Terror on the Titanic by Jim Wallace.

Praise for SPIES: Mata Hari

"Can I give 6 stars? [...] The author has the rare gift of being able to write something that works for both children and adults." - Daniel

"My 9 and 10 year olds love it!" - Brigit S.

"...a brilliant, dramatic, and mischievous story... It's both hilarious and sad; and a real interactive adventure for kids and adults alike. Each decision you make in the story leads you to more absurdly real choices Margaretha has made in her own life, dreamy fantasies, spiritual journeys or historical truths, among other misadventures. It's so much fun and will have you jumping all over the book, reading as each choice you make blossoms or wilts. Katherine Factor is an inventive writer, crafting each piece of this puzzle with seamless detail. Her writing makes complex historical concepts easy to read and understand without misrepresenting them. She's also very witty and will have you chuckling all the way to the end-- then you start all over again! 10/10 absolutely recommend. Love it!" - Austin B.

"...intriguing and suspenseful." - TA

"Choose Your Own Adventure is the perfect format for Mata Hari’s story. As I selected different pathways, I came to appreciate the complex set of twists in her life. The story will provide any reader with a fascinating opportunity to plunge into the World War 1 era." - Sherry H.

"...amazing writing with beautiful prose. [...] Very clever!" - Blanca M.

"Brings me back to my childhood. I've been reading this at bedtime to my 6 year old. It's a little too advanced for her but she loves the ability to start and stop the story. So fun and I want to get another one in the series!" - Anonymous