Going Rogue (Also Known As Series #2)

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Being permanently based in a local New York City high school as an undercover operative has its moments, good and bad, for 16-year-old safecracker Maggie Silver. Pros: More quality time with her former mark-turned-boyfriend Jesse Oliver and insanely cool best friend, Roux. Getting to spend quality time with her semi-retired and international spy honorary uncle, Angelo. Cons: High school and the accompanying cliques, bad lunches, and frustratingly simple locker combinations. But when Maggie's parents are falsely ...

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Overview

Being permanently based in a local New York City high school as an undercover operative has its moments, good and bad, for 16-year-old safecracker Maggie Silver. Pros: More quality time with her former mark-turned-boyfriend Jesse Oliver and insanely cool best friend, Roux. Getting to spend quality time with her semi-retired and international spy honorary uncle, Angelo. Cons: High school and the accompanying cliques, bad lunches, and frustratingly simple locker combinations. But when Maggie's parents are falsely accused of stealing priceless gold coins, Maggie uses her safecracking skills to try and clear their names. Too bad it only serves to bring the wrath of the now corrupt Collective down on all of them. Maggie and her "new team" flee to Paris where they must come up with a plan to defeat their former allies.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Nancy Wallace
When the Collective turns corrupt, everything sixteen-year-old Maggie, expert safe cracker and lock pick, has grown to depend upon vanishes. Her parents are falsely accused of stealing evidence and even her adopted Uncle Angelo, a spy and an assassin, is having trouble telling the bad guys from the good ones. When Angelo locates the missing evidence, ten gold coins worth 17 million dollars, Maggie steals them back. Her success is short lived. Maggie has tried hard to keep her best friend, Roux, and her boyfriend, Jesse, unaware of the situation but when fraudulent texts draw everyone together at Maggie's apartment, the snipers open fire. An intentional gas leak causes a massive explosion and Maggie's family and friends barely escape with their lives. Separated for safety, Maggie, Roux, and Jesse flee to Paris where, with Angelo's help, they deal a crushing blow to the Collective and the corrupt leader behind it. This fast-paced novel barely gives the reader time to breathe. Maggie's world of espionage, heists, and secret hideouts will entice many young adult fans looking for adventure. The characters are well drawn and believable; the plot spirals from one heart-stopping climax to another. Mystery, mayhem, and money blend into a deliciously dangerous cocktail. Fans of the Gallagher Girls will snap this up in a heartbeat. Any library that services teens needs to stock this series. Reviewer: Nancy Wallace
VOYA - Mary Kusluch
Captivating for younger readers, Going Rogue is an action-packed story about a teen, her sidekicks, her parents, and a handful of villains. Despite living the life of a spy, Maggie still suffers through the normalcy and dramas of high school. It is the perfect blend of normal life and spy life. Reviewer: Mary Kusluch, Teen Reviewer
Kirkus Reviews
2013-12-01
As a key member of a spy family, 17-year-old Maggie Silver discovers that allowing BFF Roux and boyfriend Jesse to get swept up in her exciting lifestyle has unforeseen consequences, including getting her friends into some seriously dangerous situations. Raised from the age of 4 as a master safecracker, spunky Maggie is a member of the Collective, an undercover Robin Hood–style organization that works to right wrongs and prosecute bad guys. Things go badly awry when Maggie attempts to thwart a Collective member who is maneuvering to have her parents discredited and removed from the organization. High shenanigans and chases through the streets of New York erupt, with stolen Fabergé eggs, gold coins, bomb blasts and sniper attacks adding to the confusion. Maggie and friends are summarily removed by their protectors to a Paris safe house, where they meet other Collective members who have been double-crossed by the corrupt organization. Various muddled plots unravel, culminating in a denouement in the Louvre, as spies and agents try to entrap the evil Collective member. While the spy story is good fun and Maggie's quandaries will resonate with readers, the action at times slows to a crawl with her lengthy internal monologues, and characters tend to be flat. A fluffy romp with authentic teen dialogue, cardboard characters and a plot gone rogue. (Thriller. 14 & up)
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"Mystery, mayhem, and money blend into a deliciously dangerous cocktail. Fans of the Gallagher Girls will snap this up in a heartbeat." —VOYA

"The spy story is good fun and Maggie's quandaries will resonate with readers." —Kirkus Reviews

"Teens who appreciate the old school romantic capers in the tradition of Charade and the Pink Panther movies will happily nuke a bag of microwave popcorn and settle in for an entertaining, kissing-intensive romp." —BCCB

"This enjoyable and exciting novel will thrill fans of chick-lit spy capers." —School Library Journal

 

"Filled with intrigue and suspense . . . The reader will hang onto its every word." —Library Media Connection

"This one is fresh and fun." —Booklist, starred review, on Also Known As

"Benway offers a rollicking take on the ‘spy kids’ premise, buoyed by fun characters." —Publishers Weekly on Also Known As

"Captures the trials and tribulations of growing up with wit and whimsy, humor and perception—making this novel a real joy." —Romantic Times Book Review on Also Known As

"The absolutely delightful cast of characters and snappy dialogue transform this book into a huge success." —School Library Journal on Also Known As

"I loved, loved, loved, Audrey, Wait!" —Meg Cabot, New York Times bestselling author of Airhead and The Princess Diaries, on Audrey, Wait!

"A first novel with a voice that sings." —Publishers Weekly, starred review, on Audrey, Wait!

"Extremely funny. Will keep readers laughing as each sibling learns to trust another amazing power: the strength of sisterhood." —Publishers Weekly, starred review, on April, May, and June

 

"What do sisters and this fabulous novel have in common? Happiness, heartbreak, and hilarity." —Lauren Myracle, New York Times bestselling author of TTYL, on April, May, and June

School Library Journal
03/01/2014
Gr 8 Up—Following on the heels of Also Known As (Walker, 2013), safecracker Maggie Silver, now 17, discovers that her beloved parents have been accused by the international but unsanctioned spy ring, "The Collective," of stealing priceless gold coins. Once members of the criminal crew, the "The Collective" has viciously turned against the Silvers. They are forced to go rogue-that is, act on their own, against expectation or instruction-to determine the truth. Completely fun but ridiculous escapades à la James Bond follow as Maggie and her boyfriend, Jesse, and her friend Roux work to clear her parents' names. Maggie plots strategy with the enigmatic forger Angelo and experiences hair-raising close escapes as she discovers the holder of the gold coins and steals them back. As the three teens race through the streets of Manhattan and are finally forced to flee for their lives down the secret tunnels of Paris, the pace escalates to warp speed. While not as well written or tightly plotted as the earlier title, this enjoyable and exciting novel will thrill fans of chick-lit spy capers.—Susan Riley, Mamaroneck Public Library, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802736048
  • Publisher: Walker & Company
  • Publication date: 1/14/2014
  • Series: Also Known As Series , #2
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 130,819
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

ROBIN BENWAY is the acclaimed author of Also Known As, Audrey, Wait!, a 2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults and a BCCB blue ribbon winner, amongst other honors, and The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May & June. Benway's books have been published in 16 languages, won awards abroad, and been bestsellers in several countries. Formerly a bookseller and book publicist, she lives in Los Angeles.

www.robinbenway.com

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  • Posted January 14, 2014

    Going Rogue is fun and so fast-paced that at times I was breathl

    Going Rogue is fun and so fast-paced that at times I was breathless while reading it. And there is international intrigue! And some new internationally intriguing characters!

    But the root of the story is still Maggie, Jesse, and Roux, whom I adore and want to be besties with. Where I felt the emotions were a bit forced and then rushed in Also Known As, the emotional depth to the relationships between these three characters really works in this book.You get the feeling that these three characters have bonded completely and are able to trust each other without question, which I imagine is incredibly important when you’re all of a sudden on a team of international spies. Sadly, I don’t know this for real and for true since I’ve never been invited to be on a team of international spies, but I can imagine that it would be stressful and that emotions would be running high, and that trust and faith in your team is one of those things that is pretty necessary.

    Overall, Going Rogue is an extremely readable spy adventure that will have you practicing your French (and every other language on the planet. You know, for when the time comes.) and trying to figure out which skills you can develop that will make you indispensable as a spy.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2014

    Exciting and Humorous.

    There was a sense of adrenaline that made you want to read more. This book is happy with the humorous jokes and the romance keeps you off the edge. A great read. Hoping for the third!


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    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 30, 2014

    After finding out that Robin Benway narrated her own audiobooks,

    After finding out that Robin Benway narrated her own audiobooks, I knew I had to try it with this one. There’s just something about an author reading their own book. You just KNOW you’re going to get all of the emotion for each character exactly how the author originally meant it to be read. And Benway did a fantastic job of writing AND narrating this book. I really enjoyed it!




    In Also Known As we met this group of characters, and I instantly felt connected to most… especially Roux. She was a fantastic addition to the story. And now that she knows about Maggie’s spy-ness, it made it even more fun with all of her little jabs here and there. Jesse and Maggie are still together as well, so having him along for the ride this time was an added plus.




    Compared to Also Known As, this story was a little more mystery, a little less fun high school drama. So I have to say I enjoyed the lighthearted nature of AKA a bit more. But Going Rogue had it’s drama as well, so don’t fret. Lots of fun, spy-ish things going on up in here.  :)




    Another great story from Robin Benway. Though I rarely ever continue on with series, this is one I’m really enjoying and I’m looking forward to seeing more of these characters. And listening to the audio was definitely the way to go. Can’t beat hearing an author read their own story to you!

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  • Posted May 9, 2014

    This is the second book in the Also Known As series. Maggie and

    This is the second book in the Also Known As series. Maggie and her friends embark on a new adventure in an effort to clear her parent's names from false accusations. The first half of the book is mostly dedicated to drama and teenage angst, but things pick up in the second half.

    I thoroughly loved the first book, but I didn't enjoy this one as much. It was missing all the fun and excitement that was so prevalent the first time around. There was still some humor and some action, but I didn't get sucked into the story as easily. The second half of the book was better than the first half. Some new characters were introduced, and they brought a new angle to story that we hadn't seen before, so that was a plus. There was also more of the author's signature humor in the second half, which is one of the reasons I liked this series so much to begin with.

    Overall, I would still count this as a win, but I hope the next book goes lighter on the drama and heavier on the fun.

    Content: profanity (no f-words) and innuendo.

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