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Nov 26 2008

I'd tell you I love you but then I'd have to kill you by Ally Carter

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Hachette Livre, 2008.
(Ages 12+) Cammie goes to the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women, but it's not your usual run of the mill elite school. On the curriculum is kickboxing, learning how to disarm bombs and plan covert operations. Yes! It's a school for spies. Cammie thinks she's got it all under control until she falls for a regular town boy, Josh. Action packed adventure follows with forbidden late night excursions, spying on the local townspeople, and keeping her cover as a home-schooled girl because the Academy isn't held in high regard in the town.

This is a light hearted spy adventure story but it contains enough strong themes to keep the reader interested. Cammie is a feisty girl heroine dealing with the trauma of her father's death and being in a school where her mother is the headmistress. The romance contains enough angst to move the story forward and there are great action scenes.

This is good escapist reading that girls will enjoy. Fans will be happy that there is a sequel, Cross my heart and hope to spy.
Pat Pledger

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