Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover (Gallagher Girls Series #3)

Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover (Gallagher Girls Series #3)

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by Ally Carter

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When Cammie Morgan visits her roommate Macey in Boston, she thinks she's in for an exciting end to her summer. After all, she's there to watch Macey's father accept the nomination for vice president. But when you go to the world's best school (for spies), "exciting" and "deadly" are never far apart. Soon the girls find themselves trapped in a kidnappers' plot, with…  See more details below


When Cammie Morgan visits her roommate Macey in Boston, she thinks she's in for an exciting end to her summer. After all, she's there to watch Macey's father accept the nomination for vice president. But when you go to the world's best school (for spies), "exciting" and "deadly" are never far apart. Soon the girls find themselves trapped in a kidnappers' plot, with only their espionage skills to save them.

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Children's Literature - Jeanna Sciarrotta
Cammie Morgan and her best friend Macy cannot seem to get a break, even if it is summer and school is closed. She and her friends go to the top secret Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women, where young girls are trained to excel at spy tactics and undercover operations. While in Boston, campaigning with her father for the upcoming presidential elections, Macy and the presidential candidate's son are attacked by highly trained professionals, who do not seem surprised in the least at the girls' uncanny ability to fend them off and fight on their own level. It seems that the girls' training may not be as top secret as they had hoped, and Cammie is determined to protect her best friend as well as the school that she loves, no matter what rules she has to break in order to do so. In yet another fun and upbeat adventure, the Gallagher girls prove once again that they are up for anything. Ally Carter's light and engaging writing style will appeal to many young female readers looking for an adventure story about girls who are not afraid to fight their own battles. Both parents and teachers will rejoice in a teen novel that revels in adventure with just a hint of romance that younger female readers will be able to enjoy. Look for another book in the series coming soon! Reviewer: Jeanna Sciarrotta
VOYA - Stacey Hayman
Macey's father is accepting the vice presidential nomination for his party, and her friend Cammie is invited to the celebration. After prepping for the official announcement, both girls and Preston Winters, the presidential nominee's teenage son, head to the next item on their schedule. Arriving on the rooftop, Cammie realizes that something is not right a split second before they are ambushed. Cammie gets Preston to safety but Macey's arm is broken, and Cammie suffers a head injury after pulling Macey into an air shaft. Waking up in Mr. Solomon's safe house the next day, Cammie is certain that their attackers meant business. Cammie and her friends are determined to protect Macey no matter what, and they are willing to break all of the rules if necessary. While in disguise, Cammie spots Zach talking with Mr. Solomon, leaving her to wonder if she really understands what is going on. Can the friends find and then fight their enemies if they are not sure who is on which side? The joy of reading the newest Gallagher Girl adventure is offset only by another mysterious, cliffhanger ending. These girls remain the most awesome, kick-butt teens ever, but now readers are also getting a glimpse at what makes them vulnerable. Cammie's family story, both past and present, is deepened with the appearance of her Aunt as Macey's personal Secret Service Agent. A few more tidbits about Zach's story are thrown in to keep Cammie—and the reader—guessing. This reviewer loves the series, enjoyed this book, and is struggling to wait for the next one. Reviewer: Stacey Hayman
School Library Journal
Gr 7–10—Move over Nancy Drew! Cameron Morgan attends a secret spy school for girls, Gallagher Academy, which has been training female spies since the Civil War. During summer vacation, Cammie goes to Boston to see her best friend Macey, whose father will be accepting a vice presidential nomination. When three masked figures drop out of a helicopter and attempt to kidnap Macey, Cammie and her friend fight off the attackers and barely escape alive. They go back in school to begin their junior year, but no longer feel safe. Cammie is determined to figure out who is after Macey, so she teams up with their other two roommates to solve the mystery. Ally Carter's third book (Hyperion, 2009) in the Gallager Girls series is read by Renee Raudman who creates recognizable voices for all of the characters. Although her southern accent is a little over the top, her British accent is spot-on. Fans of the series will enjoy this audibook and eagerly await the next title.—Samantha Larsen, West Jordan Library, UT

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Gallagher Girls Series, #3
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5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)
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12 - 17 Years

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Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover (Gallagher Girls Series #3) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 671 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i loveeee this book....i wish there was more about the Blackthorne Institute and about Zach and more answers to all the questions but i guess that'll just hopefully be in the 4th one. this is a really good series..... READ IT :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
omg i think this is by far the best one in her series!!! zach is my favorite character (besides cammie) and these books would not be as good without him!! i can't wait for the fourth!!! it was so good that i read it in two hours and had so much action and was so good that i reread it the next day!! i definitely recommend this book and the other two in the series! my friend told me about them and i first i didn't want to read them but after i did, i was hooked! now this is by far my favorite book series! i really hope theres a movie! everyone in the world should read this book! thats how good it is!!!!!! it was AMAZING!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great job, Ally Carter! This is really a fabulous book! I think that this is the best of the series, and I really recommend all of this awesome series! I have nothing bad to say about this book!
ReadingIsBliss More than 1 year ago
I want to be a Gallagher Girl. Really I do. Their lives are filled with action and adventure. That's why I love this series. Because I get to live vicariously through Cammie and her friends without actually having to be super smart and dangerous and brave. This is my favorite series for so many reasons but the plot has to be one of the main ones. It's planned really well. Like really really really well. Once I finish the book and realize the (Awesome!) conclusion I almost always try to go back and reread the book catching all of the hidden clues that led up to the exciting ending. Most people might not have to do that. They can probably catch them in the beginning but that's one of the reasons I can't be a Gallagher Girl; my ability to catch clues and secrets and other very covert and spy-ie things is basically none. I love how things connect from school to real life. Like her mini missions in class help discover things in the "real" mission that the story revolves around. It's also cool how the previous 2 books are still such a semi-big part in the current story. Besides the great story there was great writing. It was told like Cammie was retelling the story in a (extremely) classified journal. So along with the feelings she felt at the time of the attack or lesson or friendship/family/boy drama we also get a sense of her feelings after she's had time to analyse the situation. The writing flows with a relatable voice (which to me makes ALL the difference) that doesn't stray from the character's roots. It is perfectly teen girl while not forgetting that this particular teen girl is also a well trained spy. The characters were great too. They have all matured from the first book but at a reasonable pace so the changes weren't drastic. They were even made known several times by Cammie who would casually mention the changes in Macey's personality that occured since the first time she came to the Gallagher Academy. I was excited that the missions were "real" this time. In the other books the missions were definitely just as descriptive and fantastic and frightening but knowing that this wasn't a class assignment, that this was something that totally changed the lives of Macey and Cammie, made the book that much better. New characters were thrown in and they blended into the scene perfectly with their own distict character. That's something I love about Ally Carter's books. Her characters are each given such a specific personality and I love them all. O I almost forgot to mention Zach. He's back. He's still amazing. And the chemistry is still there. That's all I'll say on that. Overall This book is just AMAZING! -Jill of Reading Is Bliss see more of my reviews of other great (and not so great) books at
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has more action and spy stuff and less romance...although zach is still in it (yay!!!!) Plus you know its a good book because everyone is rating it so well. But i personally wish there would have been more romance. Still 5/5 amazing book. Hope this was helpful
Ryan_C More than 1 year ago
Ally Carter has done it again by making this third book of the famous Gallagher Girls series, a book that you are unable to stop reading! This book is WAY better than the 1st and 2nd of the series, and it contains tons of the action that we all know and love. As Cammie spends the end of her summer with Macey, they are suddenly attacked by trained kidnappers. Now the FBI are tightly guarding Macey and she even has her own bodyguard, Cammie's aunt Abby! Cammie must protect her friend, but at the same time figure out who is trying to get at Macey and their end objective. But, on top of that, she also is wondering about a boy spy named Zach and why he keeps showing up at places near Macey. She is still uncertain whose side he is on and questions how he is able to know so much. At the end of the book, there is an exciting surprise ending with a cliffhanger, making you eager to read the sequel. I thought this book rocked! It had so much drama with surprises all along the way. I totally recommend this book because it was one of the best I have ever read. I think Ally Carter is a very talented writer and love how she describes the events in this book. It was so well written and detailed; I could clearly picture what it would be like to be in the story and I loved hearing all the funny, truthful comments that Cammie said throughout the story. One of my favorite parts in the book was when Cammie and Macey had to fight the kidnappers on the roof, because the chapter contained so much action, drama, and unexpected surprises, like diving down a laundry chute. I also thought the conflict was very interesting and creative. Though as good as it may seem, there were a few disappointments about this book. I didn't particularly enjoy the ending of this book as much as I have the others. I also found myself wondering even more questions like "What are Zach's sources?" and "How did one of the kidnappers know who Zach was?" I just hate having so may questions unanswered, but hopefully Ally Carter will resolve them in the next sequel! Although from the title and cover, this book appears to be a "girl book". But, in reality, it is cool spy book for boys, too. If you like the Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz, then you will love this book. So I recommend this book to all the boys out there who enjoy an action-packed novel with lots of surprises and fighting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Ally Carter's books, there all amazing! But this is definately my favorite so far. This book isn't like all the chick flick books out there, it has action and isn't just about being sad you don't have a boyfriend. Cammie is a strong and independent heroine and this book will leave you speechless at the end. SPOILER: it is a cliffhanger and makes you want to read the next book that isn't out yet. DON'T JUDGE A GIRL BY HER COVER was more action-y then her last books, which makes the story even more interesting. This book also involves more real world spy situations, not just within spy school problems. I recommend this to anyone, but be sure to read the first two Gallagher books first!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Buy it!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book and the other three in the series are great! They will having hanging on the edge of you seat, and feeling the pain and joy with the characters. Great read for anyone 12 or older! Recommended to everyone!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really like this book. It has just the right mixture of humor,adventure, and suspence that keeps you turning the pages. The rest of the series is sooooo worth the read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished this book and I loved it! I'm going to buy the fourth one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite series! I can't wait for book 6!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome book! READ IT!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book really starts the ball rolling after the two previous books that now in hindsight look like introductory novels
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book would have been good if i hadnt read I'd tell you i love you but then i'd have to kill you And cross my heart and hope to spy first. The other ones are way better. But mabey it was just the lack of romance. Thats usually for me what makes stuff worth while. I know. call me girly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think this book was really good it took on a new subject for the books and portrayed it very well. It leaves a lot of mystery at the end 8 words: I CANT WAIT TO READ THE NEXT BOOK ;D !!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was to good to be true! There were so many times when I started to talk into the book thinking it was real! P.S. I love Zack!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so good! I loved all the action and how she left the book sort of at a cliff hanger. I am excited to read the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing. I loves the spy-romance-suspense theme. I couldnt put it down. Cant wait for the 5th one to come out! The izabel stewart network
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the BEST seriers of books I have EVER read!!!!! It's about a girl name Cammie Morgan and her three best friends who go to a sercet spy school for young women. This book has some action and some romance in it. I would say this book is mostly for girls between the ages of 11-13 year olds, but everyone of all ages can read this book and enjoy it. Since this is the 3rd book of the seriers I would say you should read the 1st and 2nd book first but if you don't you'll be able to understand what's going on but there will be some stuff you'll get a little confuse about what's going on in some spots of the book. Well that's all I have to say for now, thanks for reading my comment/review!!!! =D
emilyfowler More than 1 year ago
The other books in the series are great and this one is only part of the picture
emma-bear_ More than 1 year ago
Don't Judge A Girl By Her Cover by Ally Carter was the third book in the Gallagher Girls Series. When Cammie heads to Boston to see Macey during her father's campaign for vice president, Macey, Cammie, and the possible-soon-to-be-first-son Preston, are attacked just before the meeting. Macey then gets a special former Gallagher Girl to be her head of Secret Service agents. Cammie's Aunt Abby!! I was on the edge of my seat the entire book. I loved how you got an entirely different persoective on Macey, and you realized how much Cammie loves her family, and what lines she is willing to cross to spy. The only thing that I think could have made this book a five would have been more scenes with Josh (his only part was standing in the middle of a road and Cammie following him for two seconds until she ran into Zach), and the scenes with Zach being a little less cryptive. I mean... I know that he is a spy and all, but can't you at least tell her a little? She is a spy too. But I absolutely loved the ending. I did not see it coming at all. I cannot wait to read the next one.
Jim Reinert More than 1 year ago
This was a very good book, but it was also very violent. I would say that you shouldn't read it unless you were ten or up.
Cougar_H More than 1 year ago
Ally Carter is a great writer and this book really proves it! Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover adds a new intensity and danger to the Gallagher Girls. This is a great stories for the tweens and early teens. When you start reading the book it can be so addicting that you can't stop. My mom started reading a little bit of the book and told me that it was going to be a great book! And she only read a few pages from the middle of the book! It ended up being a great book like she said! I really loved the beginning of the book when Cammie visits one of her best friends, Macy McHenry, to support her at her father's acceptance of his nomination for Vice President. But, on their way to film their promotional video they soon find themselves trapped into a kidnappers' scheme! The only things they have to protect themselves is their spy skills! No guards, no weapons, just their fists (and Preston, Macy's father's opponent's son). Cammie ends up saving Preston, Macy, and herself but also getting a lot of bruises and cuts. I high recommend this book! Read it, Read it, Read it!
Harry-Potter-Geek More than 1 year ago
I love the Gallagher Girl series! I likes this book, but I don't know i didn't like it quite as much as the last one.. but it was still really good and I cannot wait for the next book to come out!