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

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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 only their espionage skills to save them.

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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
The Barnes & Noble Review

Like everyone in the world, I remember adolescence clearly -- and mostly with horror. It’s not the moments of humiliation that haunt me in the middle of the night, but piercing memories of mistakes I made: errors in judgment, ethical missteps, selfish unkindness. I could have been a case study for research proving that adolescent brain development (or the lack thereof) leads to reckless, foolish decisions. So when I decided to read all the 2009 finalist entries in the Young Adult (YA) category for the RITA, romance’s most prestigious prize, I was curious about how realistic they would be. Would these six heroines engage in anything that I -- or at least my memories of myself -- would recognize?

They do. In fact, all of these novels do a brilliant job depicting a young adult’s scrambled thinking and -- even better -- the first sign of the maturity that scientists promise will eventually occur. Here, the road to love is littered with risk-taking behavior.

In three of these stories, the heroines not only make excruciatingly bad decisions, but the consequences of their actions are front and center to the plot -- and those consequences range from humiliation to gunshot wounds. The heroine of Tina Ferraro’s The ABC’s of Kissing Boys doesn’t make it to the varsity soccer team. So Parker comes up with a desperate plan to get on the team that involves paying for a kiss, tricking her way onto the team and…making a fool of herself. Ouch! The mistakes similarly pile up in Lauren Strasnick’s Nothing Like You; the heroine here is sleeping with a popular guy in secret, while she makes friends with his long-time girlfriend. Can you spell Disaster? Neither of these novels flinch from putting their heroines in really dreadful, self-induced situations. I couldn’t stop reading; fascinated horror kept me turning the pages. Ally Carter's Don't Judge a Girl by her Cover showcases a different -- if no less immature -- aspect of the teenage brain. Cammie Morgan is a spy, attending one of the world’s best high schools for that business. At least she’s conscious of what she’s doing wrong: “Did I know it was against the rules? Yes. Did I think it was foolish? Absolutely.” But (sigh) she goes right ahead and does whatever she wants.

If you happen to be a young adult yourself, or you know a young lady who might be interested, you can’t do better than buy these books. As the mother of a tween, I know how hard it can be to find YA books that appeal to a young girl and don’t horrify the woman with a credit card in hand. Far too many books aimed at this age group are little more than candy floss tales of conspicuous consumption. These novels will satisfy both of you.

--Eloisa James

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781615520336
  • Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
  • Publication date: 3/5/2010
  • Series: Gallagher Girls Series , #3
  • Pages: 272
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Ally Carter

Ally Carter (allycarter.com) is the New York Times best-selling author of the first three books in the Gallagher Girls series, I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You, Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy, and Don't Judge a Girl by her Cover-as well as Heist Society, the first in a new series about wily teen thieves. She lives in Oklahoma. Visit her on the Web at www.allycarter.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Great Book

    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 :)

    23 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2009

    BEST BOOK EVER!

    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!!!!

    13 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 3, 2009

    Amazing!

    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 www.readingisbliss.blogspot.com

    10 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2009

    The Best of the Series!

    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!

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2012

    Fantastic but not much romance

    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

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 10, 2009

    A Boy's Perspective

    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.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2012

    So and so

    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.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2009

    Amazing, Interesting Read.

    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!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 12, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    AWSOOOOMMMMEEEEEE~I THINK

    I have NOT read this book but when i was on vacation with my aunt linda she took me to barnes and noble at the Maryland Mall, I would have got this book but i had to choose over 2 other books so i chose a recently started one.Before we checked out I flipped through the pages stoped at some page and Cammie was having a conversation with wait for it.....:ZACH GOODE.O.M.G i was so sad cuz i had to leave the next minunet BOOOO HOOOOO!
    bUT IF ZACH WAS THERE IT HASSSSS TO BE AWSOME...GOOOD.....FANTASTIC...The books i chose that day are recommened below!

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2012

    Best book EVER

    I love this series!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Buy it!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2012

    Great Read!

    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!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2012

    One of the best in the series

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2012

    Love it!

    I just finished this book and I loved it! I'm going to buy the fourth one!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 5, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    No way!

    I saw this book in a girl's hands at my school! It is so unfair that only specific people at my school get to be in the club that gets to read books early! It's not fair that they always get to read books 6 months before they come out! There's also a club that gets to see movies early. I bet that some of them are watching New Moon right now. erg!!!

    2 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2013

    HOT CHICK

    This is my favorite series!!! Ive never read a better book! I cant wait till the 6 book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2013

    totally addicted!!!!!!

    i dont know why you would hate this book,its the best book for preteens and teens around the world EVER!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    Amazing spy girls

    This is my favorite series! I can't wait for book 6!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2012

    Dont Judge A Girl By Her Cover #3

    This book was so good! It is a total page turner. With every chapter the story gets more and more suspenseful. I have to give Ally Carter credit, the whole idea of a secret spy school and Cammie and Macey getting kipnapped is so creative. I am definetly going to recommend this book to my friends and I absolutely can't wait to read the next book in the series.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2012

    AWESOME BOOK

    This is an awesome book! READ IT!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2012

    Little slow in the middle, but is awsome in the beginning and end

    This book really starts the ball rolling after the two previous books that now in hindsight look like introductory novels

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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