Christopher Cool: TEEN Agent is a series of six young adult novels produced between 1967 and 1969 by the Stratemeyer Syndicate and published by Grosset & Dunlap. They were written by Jack Lancer, a pseudonym.
TEEN is an acronym for Top-secret Educational Espionage Network, which is a fictional branch of the CIA. TEEN recruits the best students from leading colleges and universities. The young agents travel the world on assignments. Christopher goes to the Middle East in Mission:Moonfire; he is at the Riviera in X Marks the Spy; and he works in London in Department of Danger.
At least two individuals have been cited as having connections to the series. A 1969 newspaper article stated that Jim Lawrence was the author, and a 1977 article said that Robert Calder created the series.
Christopher Cool is a blonde blue-eyed student at Kingston University. He is fluent in dozens of languages, but his professors believe he "prefers discotheques to study hall, since his spy activities take him away from campus so frequently."
Chris and Geronimo don’t carry guns, but instead use an anesthetic weapon called "sleep sliver" to incapacitate their enemies. They are both skilled in martial arts, and use their abilities to disarm foes. TEEN gave them training in electronics, photography, cryptography, flying and scuba diving.
Other members of TEEN include Spice Carter, a student at Vassar College; Yummi Toyama, a Japanese-American student who attends Berkeley, and Beauregard Tatum, an African-American student at Harvard.
Books in seriesEdit
- X Marks the Spy (1967)
- Mission: Moonfire (1967)
- Department of Danger (1967)
- Ace of Shadows (1968)
- Heads You Lose (1968)
- Trial by Fury (1969)
- John Axe, All About Collecting Boys’ Series Books, page 16, Hobby House Press, 2002
- Curtis Burau, G And D Keep Heroes Going, The Sacramento Bee, June 22, 1969, page 138
- Turner Will Retire Nov. 30; Crooks, Lawrence Take Strip, Times Record News (Wichita Falls, Texas), November 24, 1969, page 16
- Michael G. Cornelius, The Boy Detectives, pages 147-148, McFarland, 2014
- Spy Stories Real, Fictional, The Indianapolis Star, November 19, 1967, page 139
- Diane McClure Jones & Rosemary Jones, Boys' & Girls' Book Series, page 56, Collector Books, 2002
- well-chosen gift books for the young "to grow" by, The Baltimore Sun, December 5, 1967, page 9
- Child’s Book Sale, The Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY), May 18, 1972, page 14
- family book bash, The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN), September 24, 1972, page 97
- Peter Gorner, A Plea for 'The Dogs', Detroit Free Press, June 12, 1977, page 96