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The Compulsive Reader: Also Known As by Robin Benway

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Also Known As by Robin Benway

Maggie Silver is the genius safe-cracking daughter of spies, but being part of a spy family in an international spy ring isn’t really all that exciting. At sixteen, Maggie is usually bored to death by the new identities and new surroundings, until she finally gets her own mission in New York City—get close to a cute boy in order to find out what his father is hiding about Maggie’s family’s spy ring in his safe. How hard can it be?

Maggie is a straight-talking, good-humored, plucky heroine with a distinct, savvy voice. She has been in the spy business long enough to not get overly excited about the intrigue of secret missions, and she happily tells the truth about the scrapes and mishaps she gets into during her search for information and safe-cracking. A friendship with another loner and a strong connection to the boy she’s supposed to get close to complicate things quite a bit, but to humorous effect. Benway connects Maggie’s mission and her desires to be a useful, contributing member of her family and spy ring in a meaningful way, making Also Known As a funny, engaging, ultimately satisfying read.

Cover Comments: This is a cute cover. I'm not overly fond of it, but it does make this book appealing to upper MG/lower YA readers, which I think is the ideal audience. I like how the many words for spy are blending into the background color.

Book purchased from my indie.

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