Live and Let Shop (Spy Goddess Series #1)

Live and Let Shop (Spy Goddess Series #1)

by Michael P. Spradlin

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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

About 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.

First Chapter

Spy Goddess, Book One: Live and Let Shop

Chapter One

The End of My Life
as I Know It

The cop car I rode in the night I got arrested was really clean. Spotless, almost. So was the station house. It wasn't like the police stations you see on TV, where there are druggies and lowlifes everywhere you look and everything is total chaos. It was pretty quiet, very neat, and there didn't seem to be much going on. It reminded me of the locker room at Dad's country club. I guess there's not a lot of serious crime in Beverly Hills. Except for me, of course—Rachel Buchanan, one-girl crime wave.

We only got caught that night because Boozer made an illegal left turn in the car he'd boosted. Unluckily for us, a cop happened to drive by at exactly the wrong moment. So much of life is just timing.

Boozer is so smooth, he probably could have talked his way out of it, but instead he panicked and took off. So there we were in a high-speed chase. The weird thing was, I thought it was funny. For some reason, when I get scared or nervous—or apparently in a high-speed chase—I start to laugh. Maybe I'm a psycho. I'll get on a roller coaster at Magic Mountain with a drop straight down, and while everyone is screaming at the top of their lungs, I'm sitting there laughing like an idiot. It's this really weird nervous laugh that I can't stop. I wonder what a shrink would say about that?

Anyway, so Boozer, Jamie, and Grego were scared and screaming the whole time the cop was chasing us, and when Boozer ran the car up onto a lawn, they piled out right away and took off running. I was laughing so hard in the backseat that I couldn't move, and that's how I got busted.

The cop ordered me out of the car and asked me what I thought was so funny. Stealing a car and driving it up on somebody's lawn? And who were my friends and where did they go? And I was in a lot of trouble, missy, make no mistake about it. And blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. I couldn't stop laughing, so he hustled me into his car and off we went to the station.

I wound up sitting on a bench outside the interview room, where a detective named Daniels asked me all kinds of questions about who took the car. He kept saying I'd better tell them what they wanted to know or I'd be in worse trouble. I told him to stuff it because there's no way I was telling the cops who I was with. So he called my parents and invited them down to spend a little quality time with me at the Beverly Hills PD.

It took about an hour for Dad to show up—of course, with the ever-present cell phone glued to his ear. Probably calling Marvin. Marvin is his attorney. Check that. Marvin is more than Dad's attorney. He's like Dad's most favorite person ever. Dad looks at Marvin and sees dollar signs. He just loves Marvin, who is quite possibly the most boring human being on the face of the earth.

No sign of Mom. Probably at home with her coffee cup full of "medicine." I bet she was already working the phones in the neighborhood, trying to find out if word had spread about her daughter the criminal, and wondering how she was going to keep this out of the Beverly Hills Gazette.

"Hi, Charles! Always nice to see you," I said. "Mom busy?"

He didn't even stop to ask if I was okay. He skipped right to the yelling part. "What were you thinking stealing a car!" he said.

"I didn't steal anything. I—" As usual he didn't let me finish.

"Do you have any idea what kind of trouble you're in? Do you realize what you've put us through?" By "us" I wasn't sure if he meant him and Mom or him and Marvin. Any time he spent having to deal with me meant less opportunity to make even more zillions of dollars.

"What do you have to say for yourself?" he said.

"I didn't do anything," I said. "I was just out with some friends."

"You mean that bunch of juvenile delinquents?"

"Ouch, Dad. I mean, really, that hurts."

"You think this is funny?" He was getting angrier.

"Well, this part not so much. The high-speed chase had its moments, though."

"You think you've got it all figured out, don't you?" he said. "This isn't the first little scrape you've been in. Shoplifting, vandalism, and now you've graduated to Grand Theft Auto. That's a felony! You realize you'll have to appear before a juvenile court judge again?"

"Juvenile court! Again? That'll be great," I said. "Maybe you and Mom can both make it this time. We'll pack a lunch and make a day of it!"

"Keep cracking wise, Rachel. You seem to think it's all a great big joke. Well, if you won't cooperate with the police, that's your problem. No Marvin, no other attorneys, no help from us. You're on your own."

Spy Goddess, Book One: Live and Let Shop. Copyright � by Michael Spradlin. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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Reacherfan on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Meet Rachel who is 15. She's had trouble with her mouthy attitude, problems with school, and her parents who don't seem to have time for her. Now she's in major trouble with the law. She goes before the judge and she gives Rachel a choice: Go to Juvie or to a private school for a year. It's a no brainer, Rachel choses the school and she's not sure she made the right choice. She now goes to Blackthorn Academy. Rachel soon finds out that everything isn't what it seems to be. First off, she's not in normal classes, she's taking martial arts, CSI classes and Code Breaking classes. She finds out that the top floor is locked and is just open for 10 special students, and Rachel isn't one of them. She's not going to let that stop her to find out what's up there. The headmaster at Blackthorn Academy is no ordinary headmaster. Mr. Kim has secrets to who he is and who he was growing up. One day, he vanishes and nobody seems to care or notice, nobody but Rachel. Rachel takes the task to to find out what happened to him and to discover a secret of a book, a book people will kill Rachel to get. This book was such a fun read, I loved it. This book has a lot of great characters that will get the reader hooked and not let go into the last page. This is a great series and I can't wait to get the second book. If you start it, I can promise you won't be sorry. I know I wasn't.
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!