It's called Bridget Wilder: Live Free, Spy Hard and it comes out on April 11th 2017.More details to come, but here's a cryptic clue about the direction the story takes.
It's called Bridget Wilder: Live Free, Spy Hard and it comes out on April 11th 2017.More details to come, but here's a cryptic clue about the direction the story takes.
THE A-Z OF THE B.W.U CONTINUES!
And now let's return to our vast and teeming cast of characters.
Spoiler alert: Rolf is the operative deployed by the evil secret agency Section 23 to pass as Bridget's superspy father, Carter Strike. Rolf played the part of a dream biological father. He's movie star good-looking, caring, sincere and he's so set on being included in his daughter's life that he supplies her with a bag filled with spy gadgets so that she can join the family business. Once he no longer needs to masquerade as Carter Strike, Rolf is revealed as a cold, heartless creep who deserves everything that's coming to him.
Vice-Principal of Reindeer Crescent Middle School. The man who replaced the Friendly Red snack dispenser with the reviled Big Green Machine. Scattering loves the Big Green Machine and is wounded by the disdain with which it's presence is greeted by the students. He's even more wounded when a spy satellite takes control of Big Green, using it to pelt him with yogurt and water bottles.
A covert agency buried deep beneath the bowels of the CIA. Few know it exists, even fewer know what it does--here's a clue: it's the dirty stuff no one else wants to do. Section 23 is run by a power-hungry madman with a gift for manipulation who will stop at nothing to get what he wants.
A lazy, cynical teacher at Reindeer Crescent Middle School who smirks at Bridget's carrot cake, plays games on his phone when in charge of detention thus enabling Bridget to fill his classroom with smoke, and shirks his reponsibility when called upon to help erase the Doom Patrol graffitti from the school walls.
The bad guy. Spool enters Bridget's life passing himself off as Carter Strike's go-between, an earnest bumbling employee unused to dealing with young people, but tasked with explaining to Bridget about her biological father, the nature of his business and the capabilities of her bag of gadgets. This is all a ruse constructed to gain Bridget's trust. In reality, Brian Spool is the ruthless head of Section 23 who has no qualms about using Bridget to get to Carter Strike, or abducting nd drugging Brudget's younger sister.
Legendary superspy. Bridget's biological father. Burned-out agent for Section 23 who decides to find another line of work. Which is something Brian Spool is not about to let happen. Strike knows all Spool's secrets. He literally knows where the bodies are buried. He also knows that Strike has a daughter, a fact of which the legendary superspy was unaware. Even when he became aware, Strike didn't entirely believe it. So he went undercover as a bumbling, chubby, awkward substitute teacher at Bridget's school in order to monitor her. This wasn't particularly deep cover for Strike who IS a chubby, awkward, bumbling figure. But he's also capable of snapping wrists, firing guns with deadly accuracy and riding a motorcycle backwards through a firestorm, often at the same time. Strike may not be the biological father of Bridget's dreams but he turns out to be the one she can count on in times of dire need.
The boy who, Bridget thinks, once smiled in her direction. The victim she saved from being bullied by Doom Patrol who was then completely ungrateful. The guy who stood up for her in the face of Brendan Chew's comedic abuse. The guy she sprung from detention who was again completely ungrateful. The guy she met outside Kelly Beach's party who was a litte bit annoying, a little bit intriguing. The Section 23 agent who accompanied Rolf as he rolled her on a gurney towards an operating theater where she was going to become a mindless puppet of Brian Spool. The boy who turned out to be a double agent secretly working with Carter Strike. The genius computer hacker who took control of Bridget's self-driving car. The boy she kissed. There's a lot going on with Dale Tookey.
Ancient neighbor of Bridget's tortured by Spool when he shows off the strength of his spy satellite by using it to switch the traffic lights on and off thus forcing Telk to wobble her way back to the curb every time the green light vanishes after several seconds.
Adopted middle child of the Wilder family. Feels invisible both at home and at school. The last person in the world anyone would suspect of being the daughter of a legendary superspy. The last person in the universe anyone would suspect of possessing superspy potential herself. Nevertheless, Bridget adapts quickly and successfully to wearing nanosneakers that allow her to run like the wind, and a nanotracksuit that give her the ability to execute somersaults while kicking her enemies into the dirt. She becomes smart, resourceful and fearless. She also finds that she has a secret new life she has to keep hidden from her family and her one friend, all of whom continue to take her for granted.
Bridget's father. Manages a local Pottery Barn. Likes sitting in his leather seat watchng Law & Order marathons. When Brudget despairs that no one pays any attention to her, her father generally proves her wrong.
Bridget's mother. CEO of her own courier company. The lying required by Bridget's new double life brings her into the most conflict with her mother.
Bridget's younger sister. Her miracle sister. When medical science declared that Nancy Wilder could not have a second child, the Wilders adopted Bridget. And then it turned out, she could get pregnant. Natalie turned out not only to be a miracle, she also turned out to be the most perfect child ever born in Reindeer Crescent or anywhere else in the world. She's popular, talented, caring, compassionate, hardworking, loyal, smart and always in a good mood. Can someone this perfect have a dark side? It turns out that Natalie does...
The bad boy to Natalie's good girl. Ryan stays out all night, sneaks in first thing in the morning, steals animals from the zoo, gets in fights, does 43 minutes of jail time, joins Doom Patrol to wreak havoc in the streets of Reindeer Crescent. But, despite the bad reputation he goes to such trouble to maintainn, Ryan is a nicer, more sensitive guy than he at first lets on.
Beauteous, stauesque Section 23 agent used by Brian Spool to lure Bridget into his web of lies and deceit. Defeating Xan allows Bridget and Joanna to mend their dysfunctional realtionship and become real friends for the first time.
Bridget's nickname for herself.
There is no Z in the Bridget Wilder Universe. Yet.
THE A-Z OF THE B.W.U
The Bridget Wilder Universe is a chaotic place filled with characters hiding their true identities and other characters who are oblivious to the spy action going on all around them. Let's get to know these people in alphabetical order.
There are no A's in the Bridget Wilder Universe
One of the trio of slim, pretty, popular girls who who attend Reindeer Crescent Middle School with Bridget but had no idea she existed. If a slim, pretty, popular girl who lives in a huge house with a tennis court and has a software tycoon as a stepfather can be described as an underdog, Kelly is the underestimated member of her trio. Deep down, she fears her thoughts, beliefs and statements are not valued by her friends. This fear is exploited by Bridget when she needs to gain access to Kelly's stepfather's home to steal a USB containing vital intel. Bridget will find that she also underestimated Kelly Beach.
Big Green Machine
The hated dispenser of vegetable snacks, protein bars and mineral water which replaced Reindeer Crescent Middle School's much-loved vending machine, dispenser of far less healthy snacks. Students show their feelings for the new machine by kicking, punching and scratching it's body as they pass.
The grandmother and sole guardian of Bridget's friend, Joanna Conquest. Neither of them are thrilled by the situation.
The unofficial leader of the trio of slim, pretty, popular girls. Casey makes the decision to acknowledge Bridget and extend her the perfectly manicured hand of friendship. Casey is the aribter of what her friends think, say, wear, watch and eat.
Casey's long-suffering mom. She has the thankless task of chauffering the three girls to and from school. On the rare occasions she opens her mouth to offer an opinion, Casey shuts her down with a mortified eye-roll or a heavy sigh. Mrs. Breakbush was also left choking in the dust when, on an evening run, Bridget sped past her, powered by superfast nanosneakers.
Bridget's biological father, superspy Carter Strike, gifted his newly discovered daughter with a vast cache of spy gadgets, the most extravagant being a self-driving car with a windshield that displays the image of an adult driver. The car also features a speech chip that mocks, insults and laughs at Bridget in her own voice, which is incredibly annoying. As they spend more time together, the car shows Bridget some grudging respect.
Bridget's middle-school nemesis. Self-styled class clown Brendan Chew's idea of comedy is to address Bridget as Midget Wilder. Everyone at school thinks he's hilarious. Everytime he says it--and he says it everytime he sees her--people fall on he floor clutching their sides.
Bridget's best and only friend. It's a friendship that only exists because neither of them want to deal with the fact that they hang out because they've been hanging out since Bridget's mother and Joanna's mother made them sit together at a Christmas party when they were six. In Bridget's mind, she's been stuck in a bad playdate ever since. Joanna is mean, resentful and undermining. And that's her on a good day. Her entire being is tied up in a Tumblr called The Conquest Report in which she gossips, insults and attacks everyone who annoys her at Reindeer Crescent Middle School. Which is to say, everyone. Bridget suspects that, deep deeep deeep down, Joanna craves affection and wishes she was noticed and included in the social life of the school. But, knowing that will never happen, she attacks all those around her before they ever get the opportunity to hurt her. When Bridget becomes a spy-in-training, she also becomes one of the enemies who exclude Joanna.
Kelly Beach's software tycoon stepfather. Bridget manipulates Kelly into throwing a party to show her independence from Casey Breakbush. Bridget's secret agenda is ti gain access to Nick Deck's computer.
A gang of not-very scary teenage sort-of thugs who roam the streets of Reindeer Crescent shouting their name and bullying defenseless middle-schoolers. They come up against Bridget on two occasions and, both times, limp away licking their wounds.
The much-missed vending machine that provided Reindeer Crescent Middle School students with their daily supply of soda, gum, popcorn and chips.
Glasses Of Truth
Specially modified spectacles allowing Bridget to detect lies in the faces of others. Sometimes the glasses direct Bridget to a tell-tale rise in temperature, sometimes it shows her a giveaway twitch or a slght rise in volume. While she's wearing this gift from Carter Strike, no one can put anything past her. Which is ironic...
Bridget's soft-hearted Social Studies teacher. Ms H accepts the gift of the horrible carrot cake Bridget claimed was left over from her birthday, unaware that what she was really doing was giving Bridget access to the teacher's lounge so she could plant tiny surveillance cameras n the room.
The third of Reindeer Crescent Middle School's group of slim, pretty, popular girls. If Casey is the unoffical leader, and Kelly is the underestimated one, Nola Milligan is the smart, cool one. She can be mean, she thinks she's funny and she makes little pretence about the fact that she does not particularly like ot trust Bridget.
Another gift to Bridget from Carter Strike. Sneakers powered by nanotechnology that allow Bridget to run like the wind.
Reindeer Crescent Middle School custodian. He has to clear up the wreckage of the Big Green Machine after a spy satellite takes control causing it to shoot yogurts and water bottles at the vice principal, until Bridget destroys it with a few high-powered kicks.
Reindeer Crescent's track star and athletic all-rounder. She takes special delight in Bridget's destruction of the Big Green Machine.
More To Come!
BRIDGET'S LIST OF FAMOUS PEOPLE YOU DIDN'T KNOW WERE SECRETLY SPIES
Spies lurk in the shadows, trading secrets and lying about their true identities. And sometimes their true identities are surprising.
America’s king of swing and ballads for the broken-hearted was a secret operative for the CIA. The CIA paid Sinatra to work for them as a courier, using his private jets to transport sensitive information— and people the agency wanted kept under wraps— across the world.
To commemorate the publication of Bridget Wilder: Spy To The Rescue, allow to to debut the book's very own theme tune. It's a moody synth-pop ballad called Who's Going To Rescue You Now, and it's written by myself and the super-talented vocalist and arranger, Lola G from the band DTCV.
Yes, it's an acquired taste but here's a few jazz songs about New York that won't send you to sleep. Hopefully.
Last Time On Bridget Wilder: Boys Don't Spy. Bridget was taken prisoner by evil sneaker manufacturer Galton Bird. She outwitted him and left him trapped under a chair that bore the weight of her biological father, Carter Strike.
Now--and for the last time-- read on!
12) Old Habits
”We didn’t lose a friend,” says Joanna. “We gained a boring girl from Boston who thinks we care about
It’s been two weeks since Emily and her mother moved back to Boston to be reunited with former
Captain Ben Barnicle and start a new life following the disappearance of Bird Galton. It’s been two
minutes since Emily’s bi-weekly Face-Time session during which she talks to Joanna and I in great
detail about her enduring passion for figure-skating. I nodded and smiled a lot, and Joanna openly
yawned. I think this might be one of those long-distance friendships that has run it’s course.
Back at school, Brendan Chew has taken to calling me Widget Wilder.
“Everyone likes widgets,” I tell him.”They’re useful.”
“Not you,” he smirks. “You’re the one that gets downloaded by accident and it fills your computer
with bugs and corrupts every file. Bad Widget!”
Arguing with a specimen like Chew is futile. I mentally prepare myself for many weeks of “Bad
Widget!” chants, until he replaces it with something equally puerile. I content myself by remembering
the brief moment in time when we were muffin buddies. Chew will never remember but I know that
somewhere buried deep down in his subconscious, he has the capacity to be nice and thoughtful. Maybe
someday waaaaaay into the future, someone will meet the nice, thoughtful version.
All Caps is racking up Instagram views with his new prank, You Dropped A Quarter. This is how it
works. He tells an unsuspecting victim they dropped a quarter. When he or she bends over to pick it up,
All Caps pushes them over, and films the result. Yes, that’s it. And, yes, people love it. Drowsy P was
a big hit in his drama school’s production of Grease, until one of the backup dancers he’d dated and the
dumped without telling her, attacked him on stage. The ensuing publicity got him a part on a science-
fiction high school TV show, where he plays an alien who can only survive on Earth if he kisses a girl
“It’s a pretty good show,” concludes Joanna, after we’d spent a fun Saturday night in my room
watching six consecutive episodes.
Should Drowsy P be rewarded for his bad behavior? Should All Caps be applauded? Should all the
selfish, dumb, thoughtless boys we know get away with treating us the way we do? I had a chance to
change the behavior of an entire species, and I didn’t do it. I chickened out. Or I had an attack of
conscience. So I can’t complain.
There’s a knock on my bedroom door. Ryan enters my bedroom, carrying a tray.
“Hey Bridget. Hey Joanna. I figured you girls would be getting hungry, so I brought you an ice-cream
cake and a couple of sodas.”
Joanna stares at me and then at Ryan. “Uh, thanks?”, she manages to say.
“No problem.” He peers at the screen. “That the kissing alien show? I hear it’s a lot of fun. Okay, if I
put the tray on your bed, Bridget? Or do you want it on the floor?
“Bed’s fine, Ryan, thanks,” I smile at him.
“Enjoy your night, guys, “ he says. “Holler if you need anything.”
And then my brother leaves the room, closing the door behind him.
“See,” I tell the incredulous Joanna. “Not all guys are mean.”
I don’t tell her I replaced the sneakers I stole out of Ryan’s closet with Cromatos I took from Bird’s
I said I had an attack of conscience. I never claimed I was a saint.