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Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy (Gallagher Girls) Hardcover – October 2, 2007

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Book 2 of 6 in the Gallagher Girls Series

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Combines classic teen themes... with a nifty spy hook. Bookseller This book is absolutely incredible. Teen Titles I couldn't put it down. Katie, 15 I was so excited when I got this book I read it in 24 hours...11/10! Toya, 14 Tore through it in like 4 days, and really loved it. It's a nice guilty pleasure. Aime, 15 Best book in the world. Ellie, 13 A must read follow up in Ally Carter's fantastic Gallagher Girls series. First News --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Ally Carter is the author of two adult books.I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill Youwas Ally's first book for young adults.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 940L (What's this?)
  • Series: Gallagher Girls (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion Book CH (October 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423100050
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423100058
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (172 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,262,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ally Carter is the New York Times Best-selling author of the Embassy Row, Gallagher Girls and Heist Society series. Her books have been published all over the world, in over twenty languages.

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"Carter knows how to construct a gripping thriller." -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

"Action packed and meticulously plotted. . . . Keeps readers guessing." -- BOOKLIST

"With its intrigue and clever plot twists, this series opener will leave readers hungering for more." -- SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

"Will appeal not only to psychological-thriller fans, but to those who want a little glamour, some A-list social politics, and a bit of high school nastiness mixed in with their suspense." -- KIRKUS REVIEWS

"Grace is a fighter, and she will stop at nothing to find out what happened to her mother. Readers will love this first book in what promises to be an exciting, thrilling mystery series." -- VOYA

"An amazing book." -- THE GUARDIAN

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45 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Little Willow on January 5, 2008
Format: Hardcover
In I'D TELL YOU I LOVE YOU, BUT THEN I'D HAVE TO KILL YOU, readers were welcomed to the Gallagher Academy, an all-girls school that is known for its emphasis on academics. What outsiders don't know is the school is actually training the young ladies to become spies. Gallagher Girls are trained in the martial arts, taught "real" history, learn political secrets, and are multilingual.

The second book, CROSS MY HEART AND HOPE TO SPY, the second book in the series, picks up shortly after the first book. Cammie Morgan and the other Gallagher students know how their school operates and are used to it being an all-girl campus. When guys from the Blackthorne Institute come to share their studies and their teachers, some of the girls get distracted while others get suspicious. Cammie is a bit of both camps. She appreciates the fact that the guy spies are smart and savvy, but she doesn't trust them. She kind of got off on the wrong foot with Zach, one of the spy-guys, and she can't stop thinking about Josh.

She also thinks her new schoolmates are hiding something -- and they might not be the only ones. Old photographs and overheard conversations make Cammie question her father's schooling and spy work. Will she ever find out what really happened to him?

When push comes to shove, the Gallagher Girls are here to save the day - and maybe have some fun along the way. CROSS MY HEART will please fans of the first Gallagher Girls novel. All of the books have a fun mix of spies, lies, and romance that pleases tweens, teens, and adults. Make sure to read the books in order:

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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Kristin on October 23, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Seriously, Ally Carter has out done herself with "Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy"!
I started reading the book around 7 or 8 PM and stay up until 12 PM finishing it. I could not put it down even though I told myself many times, "Put down the book. It will be there tomorrow." It was just too addicting.
"Cross My Heart..." picks off where Ally Carter's first book "I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You" (now called LYKY) ends. After a hard winter break, Cammie's back at Gallagher Academy. She's still hurting from a break-up she did not want to happen and worried about CoveOp, her most challenging class. Loads of action happens during the 250 or so pages. I wish I could tell you more, but I'd ruin the entire book for you guys.
My mind is still reeling from finishing the book. It leaves you with some answers but even more questions.
If you haven't gotten a hold of the book yet, GO NOW!!!!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Taylor ! on March 25, 2008
Format: Hardcover
So... We are back at the Gallagher Academy, a secret spy school for girls, and we are reunited with all together almost-perfect spy, Cammie Morgan. Cammie's mother is the school principal, her father died on a secret mission, and a new teacher (Mr. Solomon) seems to be a little too familiar with Cammie's family. We start out the book with Cammie being tested to make sure that she will stay away and not communicate with "The Subject" aka Josh. Through the begining of the book we are taking part in weird happenings at the academy and then we are trying to find out what BLACKTHORNE really is. Once we find out that Blackthorne is a secret spy school for BOYS (thanks to Cammie's EXCELENT spywork) we also find out that the Blackthorne boys are coming to Gallagher and we don't know if they are there to stay. Cammie is introduced to a Blackthorne boy named Zach who seems to take a very strong interest in Cammie and becomes VERY suspicious. Cammie runs into Josh on a mission with Zach and leads him to believe that Zach is her Boyfriend. Bex, Liz and Massie all come back and are better friends then ever! Altogether, in the end of the day... it's a TRUE spy ending that you don't want to miss out on. Will Cammie be with Zach again? Will Cammie go back to Josh? Does Josh REALLY not remember Cammie's BIGGEST secret? We won't know FOR SURE unless we read this and it still keeps us guessing and waiting for Gallagher Girls book three to come out! Have fun!
I loved this book and i hope everyone else will too! Be sure to read it, the worst that will happen is that you won't like it ( yeah right!) and you can just put it down! This book deserves its five stars! I was worried that it wouldn't be as good as the first book but i was proven wrong! For ANY age.
I hope you enjoyed my review! Check out my others!
<3 tAyLoR
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Gail M. Libby on October 19, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Like the first book about the Gallagher Academy For Exceptional Young Women (I'd Tell You I Love You But Then I'd Have To Kill You), this one is absolutely fantastic. There's a lot of action, laughs, covert ops and spy lingo. Of course, there are boy issues to sort through too. Cammie's a really great character: fun, lovable and relatable. I loved this book, and can't wait for the next one (there is going to be a next one, right?)!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lindsay Johnson on April 27, 2009
Format: Paperback
In case you missed the first book of Carter's series, "I'd tell you I Love You, but Then I'd Have to Kill You," Cammie Morgan is not your typical teenager attending a selective school. The Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women is a training ground for future spies and her mother just happens to be the head mistress. In "Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy," Cammie is returning to school from Winter break, post breakup with first boyfriend and CIA interrogation to determine whether any critical secrets had been leaked to said "Subject." Cammie and her friends may have thought that boy-related drama was over, but when the Gallagher mansion becomes the home to a visiting school, everything changes - need I mention that Blackthorne Institute is a previously unheard of spy school for boys? Their entrance leads to a series of challenges and adventures that give the girls a run for their money.

I tore through the first book in this series and Carter's second book was equally fast-paced. However, maybe the novelty of the premise had worn off, but I found this second attempt a little lackluster. It relied too much on clichés - she creates a modern, spy reproduction of the "do you trust me?" scene from the movie, "Titanic." I found these strong, intelligent girls so charming in the first book that seemed to give a new face to the idea of girl power. Yet Cammie and co. always seemed a step or two behind the boys in painfully obvious ways, ways that seem to create faults in the foundation of the previous book. I kept finding myself saying, "Come on, you're better than that!" I am disappointed though not always surprised when sequels fail to live up to the expectations set by a successful first attempt, but I truly though that Carter could have squeezed a little more from the "girl spy school" stone.
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