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Also Known As [Kindle Edition]

Robin Benway
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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.

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From School Library Journal

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

Product Details

  • File Size: 752 KB
  • Print Length: 319 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0802733905
  • Publisher: Walker Childrens; 1 edition (February 26, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B1D0H44
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and Hilarious April 17, 2013
By Angela
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Light, Fluffy, and Hilarious Read December 6, 2013
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating spy romance story April 16, 2013
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This is a fun spy romance story with clever and snarky, humorous dialogue. The characters are colorful and the information about openning locks is extremely interesting. I could not put it down. When Maggie Silver and her parents go to NYC for their next assignment , Maggie finds out she will have her first solo assignment as a spy. At her private high school , she must befriend Jessie Oliver, break into his house and take the computer files which will expose herself and her family in his father's tabloid. Things get really complicated when Maggie falls for Jessie.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ridonkulous but fun April 11, 2013
In this cotton-candy light book, you'll meet Maggie, a teenaged spy from a family of spies. Thanks to her genius at safecracking, she's never been to a real school, never had a real friend....and she's not ever welcome back in Luxembourg. Benway has captured the lilt and swagger of how teens *wish* they spoke, if everything was a quip and a joke. Put on your "suspension of belief" glasses and jump into the story as Maggie meets wacky but sweet friend Roux, and falls for the hottie she's supposed to be double-crossing: Jesse Oliver. The characters are amusingly predictable, from Roux (poor little rich girl who drinks too much) to Angelo (swishy body guard who can pull a solution out of his hat for any problem.)

If you've had a hard day and need some lighthearted relief, grab this book. The teen-speak is funny and the situations are...well.. "ridonkulous" describes it perfectly. I'd never heard that word before, but I can guess the meaning. Readers looking for a slighty less frothy read might try Benway's first book (AUDREY, WAIT!) about a teen caught in the glare of someone else's fame.

About me: I'm a middle school/high school librarian.
How I got this book: checked the audio book out from the library
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 23 days ago by Alisha
1.0 out of 5 stars DONT READ
i didnt even finish the book the author doesnt know how to write. i wasted 3 hours of my life. the book really doesnt have an over all point
Published 28 days ago by jorgapeaches
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Great book I loved it. First book I've read on my kindle. Amazing!!!! Not realistic but amazing still. Love Jesse and Maggie.
Published 1 month ago by Sheila Wolterman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I loved this book
Published 2 months ago by Gemma
3.0 out of 5 stars Predictably Sweet
Rating- 3.5
The first half of this book droned on! I was about ready to give up 10 Chapters in. I kept saying, get to the point, get to the point. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Rachel
4.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining
An interesting premise and fast action made this book very readable. It is young and fun, albeit a tad juvenile, so the reader should just roll with it.
Published 3 months ago by Nancy B
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful young adult book
This is an Extremely well crafted teen & young adult book. Good examples of suspense, problem solving, behavior, values, appropriate relationships, ... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Carla D. Vauthrin
5.0 out of 5 stars A Funny and Entertaining YA Espionage Book! Yay!
A Funny and Entertaining YA Espionage Book! Loved it! Maggie, her family, and friends are all great characters. I can't wait to read book two! :)

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Published 3 months ago by sincerely happily ever after books
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun, witty, laugh-out-loud, adventurous spy story!
I started reading this book because I was going to a Sarah J Maas book signing, and Robin Benway was also going to be there, answering questions & signing books. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Stacy L.
4.0 out of 5 stars Love Nancy Drew and Gallagher Girls ?
One of my favourite things to read about and watch is spy stories, even better when they are teenagers like Cody Banks , Alex Rider or Nancy Drew. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Paula L. Phillips
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