C.Y.A. : Covert Youth Agency, The Case of Tangled Love [NOOK Book]

Overview

An elite group of nerds fight injustices by running a clandestine operation in high school. The C.Y.A. hacked into the digital school sign and posted their message:

- - - If ever you're in need of help and you have nowhere else to go, seek out the C.Y.A. We're always watching and we're here for you - - -
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Overview

An elite group of nerds fight injustices by running a clandestine operation in high school. The C.Y.A. hacked into the digital school sign and posted their message:

- - - If ever you're in need of help and you have nowhere else to go, seek out the C.Y.A. We're always watching and we're here for you - - -
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Editorial Reviews

Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile Blog - Jessica Torres
"Filled with mystery, hilarity and of course some tangled love, this book did end up quite an enjoyable read. It also happens to be a rather short read, which makes it perfect lazy weekend reading material! I'm extremely pleased that this book was put on my radar. I look forward to seeing what Pi and his friends get into in the future. I'd recommend this book to nerds, lovers of nerds, and anyone who doesn't mind giggling like mad while reading."
Radiant Reads Blog - Harmony Radiant Reads
"Covert Youth Agency was a fun, quick read that included two awesome things: The CIA and love. The plot was pretty awesome! I mean, who wouldn't want to be a part of a secret school CIA that rights the wrongs of students and teachers?"
Shelfari - Chandler St. George - UT
"As I read this book last night, I found myself not wanting to put it down. I wanted to keep reading until the end. As I read, I wanted more and more to become a member of the C.Y.A. in my own high school. I wanted to go on missions with the characters. I really enjoyed this book."
Liz Cebula
"Speedy and awesome plot was enough to invoke a reader until the very last page. Did I mention it was just an all around fun read? I know what you are thinking, Yes you are missing out! Hurry go get this one! ( I also couldn't break the ladybug code.)"
Chandler St. George - UT -- Age 16
"As I read this book last night, I found myself not wanting to put it down. I wanted to keep reading until the end. As I read, I wanted more and more to become a member of the C.Y.A. in my own high school. I wanted to go on missions with the characters. I really enjoyed this book."
Jessica -- Twenty-something
"Filled with mystery, hilarity and of course some tangled love, this book did end up quite an enjoyable read. It also happens to be a rather short read, which makes it perfect lazy weekend reading material! I'm extremely pleased that this book was put on my radar. I look forward to seeing what Pi and his friends get into in the future. I'd recommend this book to nerds, lovers of nerds, and anyone who doesn't mind giggling like mad while reading."
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011804717
  • Publisher: Jason Ancona
  • Publication date: 10/2/2010
  • Series: C.Y.A. : Covert Youth Agency , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 661,348
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Jason Ancona, freakishly nerdy in high school, became a certifiable weakling his sophomore year when he lost an arm-wrestling match to a female cheerleader in class.

Never a participant in school activities, he fantasized about being someone else. An athlete, a secret agent, or whatever character he commanded in the latest computer role-playing-game. His imaginary worlds didn’t help in the dating department, but they sure were fun to explore.

A graduate of UCLA’s Screenwriting Program, he has written various feature film scripts and television shows.

Covert Youth Agency, the Case of Tangled Love, is his first novel.
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  • Posted June 14, 2011

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    Like it!

    Covert Youth Agency is a young adult novel about a group of young high school students who use their intelligence and individual talents to fight "crime" in school. Peter or "Pi" is the leader of the C.Y.A. (Cover Youth Agency). Tollhouse is the chubby yet hilarious field agent. L is the computer genius. All three make up the C.Y.A. In this particular case, Vera, Pi's crush, doesn't know whether or not her boyfriend cheated on her at a party. She hires the C.Y.A. to find out.
    This book reminded me so much of when I was younger. I loved the pop culture references. I really like the songs mentioned throughout such as "You Belong With Me" by Taylor Swift-there is a whole scene kind of like the music video, which I consider one of my favorite scenes in the book. Tollhouse reminded me of Chunk from The Goonies. I really liked this novel-it was such a fun read. There were only two things I had a problem with: -1-a lot of clichés and -2- I really don't think high school boys/guys would where Heely's to school. I wasn't sure what to think of the clichés only because I thought in clichés when I was 13, 14, and 15. The Heely's shoes seemed more like elementary to middle school fashion-not so much high school.
    Overall I really enjoyed this book. It was an easy and fun read. It brought me back to when I thought the world would end if the guy I liked didn't like me back. This book was like Agent Cody Banks meets Recess meets Codename Kids Next Door. I hope you all enjoy this book.

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  • Posted April 24, 2011

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    Worth While Read

    The story plot was one I could see myself enjoying. So when I finally got it in the mail I inhaled this book in one sitting. C.Y.A was fascinating and I could see how the Authors love of comic books came into play. Don't get me wrong this isn't a comic book. PI's character was amazing. I can see how any girl could fall for PI. Lighthouse was a character I could relate to, her sense of anger was something I went through when I was younger. But I have 5 brothers. The character development was stupendous. All the characters played a wonderful role which made the book well rounded. It's not often a book pulls me in and doesn't spit me out till the end yet this one grabbed hold.

    There were only a few minor issues I had with the book. Yes, I mean minor! First, the use of a female during her menstrual cycle as being on the RAG was gross. I know she was being crude but even being crude the choice of words is usually what a man or guy would say. The second is I felt the characters acted much older. I could see them being 17 not 14. There wasn't anything that was explicit. Nothing that I would be alarmed about. Though sex and drugs are mentioned. See not much really to be disappointed with. I even love the cover, it fits in perfectly with the book. Speedy and Awesome plot was enough to invoke a reader until the very last page. Did I mention it was just an all around fun read? I know what you are thinking, Yes you are missing out! Hurry go get this one! ( I also couldn't break the ladybug code.)

    I do intend to keep this on my shelf. I also plan to continue reading Jason Ancona's books.

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  • Posted April 2, 2011

    Pi!

    One of the first things I enjoyed = the main character's name (I've always had a "thing" for names -- if they aren't right, I just find that it generally interferes with my enjoyment of a story). Name = Pi, because he was born on March 14th, same as the mathematical constant/symbol. Really, really nicely done.

    I liked the short "opening sequence" before the first chapter. It gave a great snapshot of the characters/elements of the story. The writing style was an interesting blend of dialogue and description too. Lots of dialogue, which I didn't really mind, because it made it easier to visualize (same with the description. Slightly long paragraphs at times, but not bogged down/boring to get through). Enjoyed the "technological" influences through the book too -- gave it a very current/contemporary vibe!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2011

    Definitely Recommend for YA/Tweens

    I think this book is the beginning of a great series for the young adults / tweens looking for something new to read. Being removed from the HS scene for several years, the characters seem very believable and easy to relate to. I would definitely recommend this book to young readers. I hope that Mr. Ancona will continue this series and maybe even venture into a series for more mature audiences.

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