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Gr 6-10–Cameron Morgan's junior year at an elite spy school is off to an inauspicious start. She's lured away from her friends, held hostage by a former teacher-turned-rogue, and given the cryptic message: “follow the pigeons.” Cammie knows the Circle (evil terrorist operatives so secret many doubt their existence) is still after her. Gallagher Academy is now on a ridiculously high security alert and everyone, including teachers and friends, is suspect. Questions abound. Who can Cammie trust? Why does the Circle want her? And can she possibly have a relationship with super-cute double-agent Zach? Reading the first three books in the series is helpful but not necessary. There's enough background information to bring readers up to speed on Cammie's world and past adventures. Humorous, fast-paced fun.–Kelly Roth, Bartow County Public Library, Cartersville, GAα(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


The most explosive and action-packed so far...absolute pure entertainment This book is absolutely incredible. Teen Titles A great book Norwich Evening News 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 Absolute pure entertainment. A Dream of Books A great book for teenage readers. Norwich Evening News --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 11 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 6 - 9
  • Lexile Measure: 780L (What's this?)
  • Series: Gallagher Girls (Book 4)
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion Book CH; First Edition first Printing edition (June 29, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781423128205
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423128205
  • ASIN: 1423128206
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (194 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #424,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Ally Carter writes books about spies, thieves, and teenagers. She is the New York Times Best-selling author of the Gallagher Girls and Heist Society series. Her books have been published all over the world, in over twenty languages.

ALL FALL DOWN is the first book in her highly-anticipated new series, Embassy Row. She grew up on a farm in Oklahoma, and has never caused an international incident (to her knowledge).

She encourages you to visit her online at

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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Lea Kelley on June 30, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Cammie Morgan attends the Gallagher Academy, a boarding school that trains girls to be spies. In this, the fourth book in the series, Cammie and her three best friends are still dealing with the fallout from a kidnapping attempt the previous fall, and when they return from winter break they find many changes at their beloved school.

I know that's not much of a summary, but the twists and turns in this book start early, and I wouldn't want to spoil any of them. And really, didn't I have you at girl spies go to boarding school? Fans of the series should know that many favorite characters are present in this book along with a few new ones, and while the bulk of the book takes place at Gallagher, Cammie also gets to take some excellent road trips.

What really sets this book apart for me is the writing; it sparkles so that there are no boring moments. Even the exposition is laced with humor, and the book is filled with Cammie's distinctive voice: "If we hadn't hated him a lot, we might have liked him a little at that moment. But we did. So we didn't." The writing is sharp and fast-paced and Carter covers a lot of story in 265 pages. And though there are obviously more books to come (and a pretty sweet cliff hanger-ish ending to this one), the book is also satisfying on its own. Not every author can wrap up a book's storyline while serving the series-long plot arc, but Carter manages this perfectly. I can't wait to find out what Cammie gets up to next.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on July 2, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Cammie Morgan is under constant surveillance, and is never ANYWHERE without being watched. After one of her most trusted allies becomes one of the most wanted men on Earth and slips through the clutches of her security detail after telling Cammie to "follow the pigeons," she returns to school and finds that many unpleasant changes have happened in the security detail there as well.
Cammie and her three best friends embark once more on an action-packed adventure, determined to find the truth, and set it free.
Okay, so I'll admit that I found the first eleven or so chapters of Only the Good Spy Young to be lacking, slow, and incredibly overstretched/lengthened to a boring extent. But after that, the pace started picking up and returning to the fast, gripping action that I've come to expect from The Gallagher Girls books.
The book is exciting and revealing, although:
a) The book has some very predictable occurances in it that happen way too slowly,
b) The book is too short(but in a good way),
and c) The characters all are blind, to a certain extent. Nobody knows enough, which is a factor in the draginness of the first eleven or so chapters. It's like Ally Carter is trying to advertise the fact that NOBODY KNOWS ANYTHING!!!!! (least of all, Cammie). It gets incredibly irritating after a while.
Therefore, my favorite book in the series is still 'Don't Judge a Girl By Her Cover'.
However, the book is still good. Aside from the first eleven or so chapters, you can really sense that one long story has been condensed into a small package so that, like dehydrated food, the essence and flavor of it is all that is left(although I don't like dehydrated food-- in fact, I've never even tried it before).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids Book Reviews on October 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover
reviewed for MM's by Sophie-

You know from my previous reviews that I adore both Cammie and Zach, but oh Mundie Moms, I have been waiting for this plot line ever since Zach walked into Cammie's life in book 2 (Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy). And the way Ally raises the stakes with each book, well, let's just say my patience was tested in the best possible way. Let me get this out of my system:

Dear God, Mr. Solomon!

I can guarantee one thing, Mundie Moms, Zach isn't the only one you will be swooning over. Hell-oooooo, Mr. Solomon. I adore how Zach and Mr. Solomon have been presented as almost the younger and older version of the same character type -- that swoony boy whose intentions you are never quite sure of. In Only the Good Spy Young, the intentions are no longer a mystery. Ally gives us Zach's backstory and suddenly everything becomes clear, personal and dangerous.

But Cammie and Zach are still Cammie and Zach. I can't leave you without a sample of that delicious tension which makes me crazy (from page 206):
"Are you still mad at me?" Zach whispered as we crossed the Pennsylvania border. His leg was pressing against mine, but I didn't think about how it felt, because my mother (who is a spy) was riding shotgun in the front seat, and my roommates (who are future spies) were surrounding us in the van. And besides, it doesn't take a lot of training to know that leg-pressing can seriously divert a girl from little things, like trying not to die.
So I didn't say a word.
"Ooooh," Zach whispered. "The silent treatment."
"I am not talking to you, Zach," I whispered, whirling on him, "because I know you're not going to really say anything anyway.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mary Kate on July 1, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Recommended to me by Amazon a year or so ago, the Gallagher Girls books have proven to be far more entertaining than I expected them to be and I'm so glad I gave them a try. Set largely in the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women, the stories follow Cammie "The Chameleon" Morgan and her friends Bex, Liz and Macey as they train to join the ranks of the famous "Gallagher Girls" - women who comprise some of the cleverest spies ever. Along with studying covert operations and code-breaking, the girls also deal with the usual hazards of teenage life.

Ally Carter is a talented writer who not only entertains me, but has enticed me into caring about her characters. I am engaged in the lives of these smart, resourceful - and sometimes so painfully young - girls, and the people surrounding them, including parents, teachers and the inevitable boys. They intrigue me. I want to know more about them and the world they inhabit, and that keeps me turning pages and looking forward to each new book in the series. Carter delivers on plot and paces her stories superbly. She gives us a good balance of dialogue and narrative and an even better balance of humor, danger and poignancy.

The Gallagher Girls books are fast, fun and very satisfying reads. It is worth noting, too, that each successive book in the series (and they should definitely be read in order) has grown in complexity and has a slightly darker edge than the volume preceding it. Only the Good Spy Young follows that trend.
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