Friday, August 27, 2010

I Spy With My Little Eye

When I was a young reader there weren't a lot of options for those tween/teen years; once I'd exhausted and outgrown Laura Ingalls Wilder and Judy Blume the options became less compelling and eventually I wandered down the slippery slope of Harlequin Romance. Not that there is anything wrong with Harlequin Romance, it just wasn't really age appropriate at 13 and I wonder how I ever got away with reading them.

I marvel at the books available for girls today. With strong authors like Meg Cabot, Ann Brashares, Lisi Harrison, Stephanie Meyer, Sara Dessen, and others focusing on this group of readers they have every kind of age appropriate genre at their disposal.

One of our favorite YA authors is Ally Carter. I stumbled upon her book "I'd Tell You I Love You But Then I'd Have to Kill You" at Christmas a few years ago when it was still just available in hardcover. I picked it up to give to ThePrincess and it became the first book she ever read straight through stopping only to eat and sleep.

She get's that from her mom.

As each installment in the Gallagher Girls series has been released we've been sure to pick it up and my daughter has never been disappointed, when Planned Television Arts offered me the latest installment to read & review I knew I couldn't turn them down.

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Title: Only The Good Spy Young
Author: Ally Carter
Publisher: Hyperion
Genre: YA Fiction
Pages: 272 (Hardcover)
On Sale: June 29, 2010

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When Cammie Morgan enrolled at the Gallagher Academy, she knew she was preparing for the dangerous life of a spy. What she didn’t know was that the serious, real-life danger would start during her junior year of high school. But that’s exactly what happened two months ago when Cammie faced off against an ancient terrorist organization dead set on kidnapping her.

Now the danger follows her everywhere, and even Cammie “The Chameleon” can’t hide. When a terrifying encounter in London reveals that one of her most-trusted allies is actually a rogue double-agent, Cammie no longer knows if she can trust her classmates, her teachers—or even her own heart.

In this fourth installment of the New York Times best-selling series, the Gallagher Girls must hack, spy, steal, and lie their way to the they go searching for answers, recognizing that the key to Cammie’s future may lie deep in the past.

Another quick paced and well written story Ally Carter keeps thickening the plot of who Cammie is and just what it is that puts Cammie in so much danger. Age appropriate and compelling for a wide teen/tween audience I feel comfortable recommending them to most anyone fitting into that category. Although this book could be read out of order, I just can't imagine why anyone wouldn't start at the beginning of the series.... I know I did. I also know that I've also read them each straight through...stopping only to eat, sleep, and go to work.

In exchange for reading & reviewing this book PTA supplied ThePrincess & I with our very own copy. She took it the minute it came through the door, read it in 3 days, finally let me have it and then when I finished she took it back for her bookshelf. Apparently it was lonely when it wasn't with the first 3 books.


Chris said...

Harlequins would've been more age-appropriate than what I was probably reading by then. Remember, I had the unsupervised childhood. :D

MoMMY said...

I love this series. And I'm quite a bit out of their target demographic. I haven't convinced the boys to read them but I've read them all. And I too am wishing these had been around when I was 13.