Going Rogue (Also Known As Series #2)by Robin Benway
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/i>… See more details below
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 put her and everyone she loves in danger. Maggie and her "new team" flee to Paris where they must come up with a plan to defeat their former allies.
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)
“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
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
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.
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