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Also Known As by Robin Benway

Being a 16-year-old safecracker and active-duty daughter of international spies has its moments, good and bad. Pros: Seeing the world one crime-solving adventure at a time. Having parents with super cool jobs. Cons: Never staying in one place long enough to have friends or a boyfriend. But for Maggie Silver, the biggest perk of all has been avoiding high school and the accompanying cliques, bad lunches, and frustratingly simple locker combinations.

Then Maggie and her parents are sent to New York for her first solo assignment, and all of that changes. She'll need to attend a private school, avoid the temptation to hack the school's security system, and befriend one aggravatingly cute Jesse Oliver to gain the essential information she needs to crack the case . . . all while trying not to blow her cover.

I'm sure it's no secret that I'm a huge fan of thrillers, especially those involving teen spies (hence my obsession with the Gallagher Girl series by Ally Carter). So I was super excited to find out that Robin Benway was writing one of those books! To my delight, Also Known As was just as awesome as I thought it would be. I loved Maggie's voice and quick wit; that combined with her crash course in attending a real high school and the high stakes of living the life of a spy made for a wonderfully engaging and exciting read.

Rating: 4.5

Review copy from personal collection

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holdenj said...

I really liked this too and just reserved her next one (Going Rogue) at the library!

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