Author(s): Gitty Daneshvari
When readers met twelve-year-olds Jonathan and Shelley, they had just been recruited to join the League of Unexceptional Children. This covert spy network is comprised solely of kids who are so average and nondescript that they are utterly forgettable, and who makes a better spy than a kid no one remembers? To everyone's surprise, Jonathan and Shelley saved the day in Book 1, and as a result they have been loaned to MI5: the United Kingdom's leading spy organization. The kids' mission is to recapture a missing vial of LIQ-15, a virus that makes people lose IQ points. Relying on only their complete lack of skill, Jonathan and Shelley must once again stop an evil plan in its tracks. In a sequel that gives readers more of the spy tricks and adventure they love but that can stand on its own as a complete mystery, Get Smart-ish is a laugh-out-loud story starring two exceptionally unexceptional characters.
At the ripe old age of ten, Gitty and her classmates underwent an IQ test followed by a short interview. A week later, it was announced that of the twenty-five students in her class, twenty had been chosen for the Talented and Gifted Program. Gitty, along with two foreign exchange students who could barely speak English, was in the remaining five. That day she went home and explained to her parents that she believed working at the mall's food court was her destiny for she was neither talented nor gifted. Decades later, Gitty realized that more important than being 'talented' is finding something you love and working hard at it.