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In this last but not least Battle of the Books entry, we have a novel about spying, lying and boys.

Cammie Morgan attends the Gallager Academy for Exceptional Young Women. But this private boarding school is like no other – this is where all promising female spies learn the tricks of the trade. But no matter how many languages they learn or how much hacking they’ve done, the one subject the students at Gallager have not learned about is boys. After a chance meeting at a fair, Cammie has the chance to learn more – but how do you become an ordinary girl in a relationship with an ordinary boy when they can never know the truth?

Okay, I admit it. I’m only half way through this one but, having said that, it’s pretty great. I wasn’t sure about it at first because the story sounds a bit fluffy, but Cammie and her friends, Bex and Liz, are great characters. They had me laughing pretty quickly. And the best part is – the story only gets better from there. I don’t want to give too much away, but I will add that the story isn’t all fun and games. Some more serious issues are mentioned and handled but I’m sure that as I keep reading, I’ll encounter laughter, drama, and spying at its best.

Have YOU read it? Tell us what you thought.

Bond girls in the making

Posted: February 12, 2011 by cplteen in books
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As you already know, the library was closed for an extended amount of time due to some more than bad weather. I spent most of these icy days hanging with my kiddo (who just turned 2 a few weeks ago) AND whipping through a new favorite series: Ally Carter’s The Gallagher Girls.

At first glance, Cammie Morgan seems like an average girl. She isn’t sure how to talk to boys, she’s trying to keep up with her schoolwork, and she loves hanging out with her friends. Once you find out the truth about Cammie, you’ll see that she’s anything but average. Her school, the Gallagher Academy is more than just an elite boarding school for girls–it’s a top-secret training ground for future spies.

If you’re wondering if it’s as awesome as it sounds, you’re right. This series is the perfect combination of action, comedy, and romance. I’m so glad I started reading it! If you’re ready to get hooked, here are the books in order:

I'd tell you I love you but then I'd have to kill you Cross my heart and hope to spy Don't judge a girl by her cover Only the good spy young

Book 5 is coming out next year. I can’t wait!

What is the name of the book?

Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover

Dont judge a girl by her cover by Ally Carter

Don't judge a girl by her cover by Ally Carter

Who wrote it?

Ally Carter

This book is great for

Middle Schoolers (6th-8th graders), High Schoolers (9th-12th graders)

Read this if you’re in the mood to get

An adrenaline rush (Action)   

Kissy kissy (Romance)  

Bum da bum bum…BUM (Mystery)

This book is about

Cammie Morgan’s spy skills again take her past the walls of the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women – a school that itself is undercover as a spy school. This time, Cammie and her friend Macey are in some trouble. Macey’s dad is running for vice president and Macey has to follow her family around to campaign. That is, until a kidnapping plot turns both her and Cammie’s worlds upside down. Questions fill the girls’ minds and worry fills their hearts. New faces and old faces seem to follow Cammie everywhere, including a certain ex-boyfriend and a certain family member who has been missing from her life. All four girls are sure in for a challenge that will require every bit of their spy training.

On a scale of 1 to 5 (1=HATED it, 5=LOVED it) I would give this book a

5

I loved/hated this book because

While far more dramatic than the other two in Carter’s spy series, this latest installment maintains the lighthearted narration of a teenage girl. This book is definitely different than the other two. There is a lot more action, and it isn’t staged by her teachers this go-round. Instead of Cammie attempting to disappear as a pavement artist, this one is more about the danger of spying. I’m not saying this is bad or good, it kind of feels like a good progression for Cammie as a character. Many people say this is their favorite of the series, but I just can’t pick a favorite – I love them all!!

Summer Reading Club Reviewer

Marlee V.

Cross my heart and hope to spy by Ally Carter

Cross my heart and hope to spy by Ally Carter

What is the name of the book?

Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy

Who wrote it?

Ally Carter

This book is great for

Middle Schoolers (6th-8th graders) AND High Schoolers (9th-12th graders)

Read this if you’re in the mood to get

An adrenaline rush (Action)

Kissy kissy (Romance)

Bum da bum bum…BUM (Mystery)

Emotional (Drama/angst)

This book is about

Cammie Morgan returns to the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women – really a spy school – in this sequel to I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have To Kill You. She thought last semester had been difficult, between going on the biggest undercover mission of her life and starting Covert Operations (aka CoveOps) with a brand new (and hot) teacher. Now everyone and everything she thought she knew is becoming less clear. Her mom, the headmistress, and her CoveOps teacher are acting really suspicious, moreso than usual (they ARE spies, too). Then special guests visit Gallagher and security breaches threaten the security of the school. Cammie finds herself in even more trouble than last semester, so what does she do? She goes undercover with the help of her friends to reveal the secrets surrounding Gallagher Academy.

On a scale of 1 to 5 (1=HATED it, 5=LOVED it) I would give this book a

5

I loved/hated this book because

Cammie’s first-person point-of-view really tells her candid feelings about everything that is happening – from boys to her relationship with her mom and friends to dealing with her MIA – and presumably dead – father. She makes some very good points. It was really exciting to read and I could imagine all the missions she went on. Really fun to read – I couldn’t put it down!

Summer Reading Club Reviewer

Marlee V.