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Live and Let Shop (Spy Goddess Series #1)
     

Live and Let Shop (Spy Goddess Series #1)

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by Michael P. Spradlin
 

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I was never a delinquent.

Not really.

I'm just misunderstood.

Of course, that's not how the judge saw it.

That's how I wound up at freaky Blackthorn Academy. Talk about boring. There isn't even a mall nearby. I mean, what did they expect a girl from Beverly Hills to do?

Also, from the start I could tell there was something really weird about

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I was never a delinquent.

Not really.

I'm just misunderstood.

Of course, that's not how the judge saw it.

That's how I wound up at freaky Blackthorn Academy. Talk about boring. There isn't even a mall nearby. I mean, what did they expect a girl from Beverly Hills to do?

Also, from the start I could tell there was something really weird about Blackthorn:

The headmaster, Mr. Kim, knew way too much about me.

The class schedule features Intro to Code Theory and Microelectronics.

A whole section of the school is off-limits.

Then the FBI showed up ... and Mr. Kim disappeared.

Well, here's something Mr. Kim didn't know about me: Rachel Buchanan never gives up when there are secrets to uncover. Watch out, Blackthorn Academy!

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 7-10-Rachel Buchanan, 15, is Blackthorn Academy's newest student. Arrested in California for grand theft auto, the wealthy teen is sent to this Pennsylvania boarding school to avoid a sentence in juvenile detention. It is here that Rachel's life changes forever. Blackthorn Academy is no ordinary boarding school, and Jonathon Kim is no ordinary headmaster. Rachel's penchant for discovering the truth leads her unwittingly into her first mission-to save the Book of Seraphim-and ultimately to uncover Kim's secret. A former FBI special agent, the headmaster runs a covert operation through the school to protect the world from Simon Blankenship, another former Special Forces agent who believes he is the mythical underworld god, Mithras, reborn and destined to rule the world. Although the characters are not terribly complex and the plot is fairly far-fetched, the book is an entertaining page-turner. Spradlin captures the perfect teenage voice in his protagonist; she is more than just a spoiled, fashion-conscious teen from Beverly Hills-she is the Spy Goddess-witty and smart with an edge. Overall, this is an intelligent, exciting mystery that will have broad appeal.-Leigh Ann Morlock, formerly at Vernonia School District, OR Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
This first in a new series introduces 15-year-old Rachel Buchanan, Beverly Hills princess gone bad, who turns to fighting evil. The first half of the story simply follows Rachel's rebellion against her uncaring parents, which leads her into minor criminal activity. Then a judge sentences her to attend a strange school in Pennsylvania, where the school's enigmatic principal, Mr. Kim, requires every student to learn Tae Kwan Do and take criminology classes. When Mr. Kim disappears, Rachel discovers a hidden, high-tech lair behind a secret door in his office. She enlists three other students to find him and uncovers an evil madman's plot to rule the world. Though this begins as an interesting exploration of adolescent rebellion, it morphs into a trite fantasy. Despite the title, no shopping occurs in this installment. Catchy and designed to pull in the chick-lit (and Bond?) crowd, it's a deceit of sorts; perhaps the ritual will emerge in later episodes, though by then it may be too late. (Fiction. 12-14)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060594091
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/24/2006
Series:
Spy Goddess Series , #1
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.72(d)
Lexile:
730L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Michael P. Spradlin is the author of the New York Times bestseller It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Zombies!, Every Zombie Eats Somebody Sometime, and Jack and Jill Went Up to Kill, as well as several children's picture books, the novels and manga volumes in the Spy Goddess series, and the Youngest Templar novels. He lives in Michigan with his family.

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Live and Let Shop (Spy Goddess Series #1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well i must say this was a refreshing book. I enjoyed it very much and recommend it to all who like sarcastic humor. It's hilarious!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so good and for me beimg a bookworm made it even better!!! Too bad it didn't continue on it would have made love it even more. Anyway can't wait till I read the next book!
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AutumnBelle More than 1 year ago
It was great i liked it!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Spy Goddess: Live and Let Shop was so good! I loved how weird and funny Rachel was. Her little investigation to uncover the school's secrets was one of those things that you would want to do in real life, but you know you'd never find anything nearly as interesting as what Rachel uncovered. I liked how it had a bit of supernatural stuff in it, you don't see that in many spy books. I can't wait to read the next book in the series and I'm super excited about the third book since it's a graphic novel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
loved. loved the characters. i really hope she gets a boyfriend!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's one of the best books I've read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I couldn't stop reading this book! It keep me reading right until the end and now I can't wait for the next one! Rachel Buchanan is a funny and interesting character. When book the start out she's kind of spoiled and bratty. She gets sent away to a boarking school called Blackthorn Academy somewhere in Pennsylvania. But it's petty obvioius that it's not a normal school. The headmaster Mr. Kim gives Rachel a lot of weird classes, like Micro-electronics, and Code Theory and Crimanology. She also has to learn Tae Kwan Do. Soon she figures out that there are lots of weird things about Blackthorn. One day the FBI shows up and she sees the agents talking to Mr. Kim. Shortly after that, he dissappears and only Rachel is the one with enough smarts to figure out something is going on and get her new friends to go looking for him. By the end of the book, Rachel isn't so spoiled and bratty. She shows that she's pretty smart and tough. She figures things out and isn't a quitter. It was really fun to read, fast-paced with a really interesting mystery. I'll definitely be readig the next one!