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Gr 7-10-Maggie Silver is a plucky 17-year-old who travels the world with her parents who work for a super-secret espionage organization known as the Collective. Her father is a whiz with languages, her mother is an expert hacker, and Maggie specializes in cracking safes and picking locks. Due to her parents' clandestine careers, Maggie has evaded attending high school, but their latest assignment and Maggie's first solo job sends her into a New York City private school where she must befriend Jesse Oliver and blend in like any other teenager. Somewhat predictably, she falls for her target and a romance blossoms. The story's strongest and most interesting plot points revolve around Maggie's relationships with Jesse, her parents, and her new friend Roux rather than her identity as a spy. Teens will surely relate to the realistic characters and the situations that Maggie encounters and enjoy the humorous bits throughout (Jesse and Maggie's first date is particularly hilarious). Benway's narration of her novel (Walker, 2013) is excellent and moves at a fast pace. Fans of Ally Carter's "Gallagher Girls" series will definitely enjoy this audiobook. A great choice for libraries with teens who like their mysteries mixed with some mean girl drama and light-hearted romance.-Nicole Martin, Grafton-Midview Public Library, OHα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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*Starred Review* Maggie, 16, is the daughter of spies and a spy herself, and she is particularly genius at cracking safes. What she has never been is an average teenager. So when her assignment from the Collective—the first she is doing on her own—involves attending private school in Soho, she is all over it. Her job is to get friendly with rich boy Jesse Oliver, whose dad may publish findings that will blow the cover of the Collective and steal the dossier. She doesn’t count on finding a crazy best friend, Roux, and developing feelings for Jesse, which makes milking him for information between kisses particularly icky. The connection between the revealing information and the Olivers is only a MacGuffin, but the mystery element does lead to an exciting, energetic, running-around-NYC ending. What’s really great about this, though, are the voices. Maggie’s smart and mostly sure first-person narrative is extended by the insights of bad, sad girl Roux and Maggie’s elegant spy handler, the British forger Angelo. Even if you don’t think you like spy stories, this one is fresh and fun. Grades 7-10. --Ilene Cooper

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  • File Size: 2064 KB
  • Print Length: 319 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Childrens; 1 edition (February 26, 2013)
  • Publication Date: February 26, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B1D0H44
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Angela on April 17, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I picked up Also Known As simply because I thought the blurb sounded like it would be all kinds of fun! I wasn't wrong. Also Known As was an extremely fast and enjoyable read. I thoroughly enjoyed the quick pace, fantastic characters, and engaging plot.

Maggie was an awesome lead character. She really popped off the pages. Maggie is extremely smart. She has been groomed to be a spy from birth. Very different from your average teen, but also the same in a lot of ways. With this new assignment making her assimilate into high school for the first time, we get to experience a lot of firsts with Maggie. we get to go with her as she goes to her first party, makes friends, her first kiss and more. The difference from other books is, she is doing all of this while being a spy.

I love how involved Maggie's family is. They're not off on some mission of their own, conveniently written out of the story. They are right there, having morning meetings with her, freaking out when she comes home late. It was great seeing such involved and caring parents. Also ADORED Angelo, the family friend who is Maggie's mentor. He's suave, and quirky, and just a great addition to the family dynamic.

My favorite character had to be Roux. She was hilarious, talked a mile a minute, had a swear jar with her doorman, was sorta sad but also awesome. She knew that she had screwed up big time in the past and was completely willing to admit that. She was willing to admit her mistakes and do things differently. I wish I could pull her out of the pages and make her my BFF.

As for the love story, it was almost sickeningly cute. Both Maggie and Jesse were innocent and adorable. Their dates were too cute for words. Their banter was hilarious. I loved them despite myself.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lili's Reflections on December 6, 2013
Format: Paperback
I hate that it took me so long to read this book because I loved every minute of it. Benway has a style of writing that leaves you laughing until the very end while you beg for more.

Maggie is a teenage spy that comes from an illustrious spy family. However, her skill focuses on cracking safes. That's all she can do really. This makes her an asset to her parents, but it makes it hard for her to stand on her own. But finally she gets a job of her own which involves her going back to high school. Her mission? Befriend the cute and misunderstood Jesse Oliver to prevent his father from running an article about spies that could ruin the corporation Maggie's family works for while putting their lives in jeopardy. All while getting her homework in on time. No big deal, right?

The characterization in this novel is easily what makes it. Maggie is very witty and her voice lends itself to constant hilarity. Her banter with Jesse is a personal favorite of mine. And Jesse, to put it simply, is the ultimate book boyfriend. He's misunderstood, but he has a heart of gold and is super genuine. Their romance is slow to blossom and entirely adorable. It's cheesy in the best possible way and leaves a smile on your face. I couldn't have asked for a better connection.

But, I think the real show-stealer is Roux. Roux is Maggie's best friend who has a lot to say despite her nearly non-existent social standing. If Maggie and Jesse are a bundle of laughs, she's a tycoon of awesomeness. She deserves her own spin-off. There's so much I could say about her, but I'm choosing not to because you need to discover the hilarity that is Roux for yourself. Another secondary character that was sheer perfection is Angelo.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Shae Has Left the Room on March 8, 2015
Format: Paperback
Originally reviewed at: http://www.shaelit.com/my-reviews/2013/02/review-also-known-as-by-robin-benway/

Here’s what you need to know about Maggie Silver.

1. Maggie is her real first name (well, it’s her chosen nickname for her real name, Margaret), but Silver is not her real last name.

2. Her parents are international spies working for the Collective, a do-gooder spy agency run by a mysterious benefactor intent on righting the world’s wrongs. For instance, the story opens after Maggie’s family busts a human trafficking ring in Iceland.

3. Maggie is also a spy, sort of. She’s never had a real mission all to herself, but she helps her parents as a super-talented safecracker.

4. Maggie is sixteen, but thanks to her parents’ work has never been to school (she was homeschooled) or had a best friend or a boyfriend.

5. Maggie knows that part of being a spy is being, as her parents and her Uncle Angelo put it, “beiger than beige.” Quiet, bland, and forgettable.

6. In this story, Maggie gets her first real mission (stop a mogul from running a story naming spy names, including those of Maggie and her parents), her first best friend (a high-flying socialite named Roux), and her first boyfriend (Jesse Oliver, who just so happens to be the son of the aforementioned mogul).

Those are facts. Another fact would be that I thoroughly enjoyed being inside Maggie’s head.

Ostensibly, the book is about Maggie’s mission to save herself, her parents, and the Collective from Armand Oliver’s article about the spies among us. To accomplish this mission, her parents move to NYC (Soho, to be precise) so that Maggie can worm her way into the social circle of one Jesse Oliver, Armand Oliver’s son.
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