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Author: Robin Benway Narrator: Robin Benway Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Also Known As Novels Release Date: February 2013 ISBN: 9781469277196
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Maggie Silver has never minded her unusual life. Cracking safes for the world’s premier spy organization and traveling the world with her insanely cool parents definitely beat high school and the accompanying cliques, bad lunches, and frustratingly simple locker combinations. (If it’s three digits, why bother locking it at all?) But when Maggie and her parents are sent to New York City for her first solo assignment, her world is transformed. Suddenly, she’s attending a private school with hundreds of “mean girl” wannabes, trying to avoid the temptation to hack the school’s elementary security system, and working to befriend the aggravatingly cute son of a potential national security threat . . . all while trying not to blow her cover. From the hilarious and poignant author of Audrey, Wait! comes a fast-paced caper that proves that even the world’s greatest spies don’t have a mission plan for love. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Benway offers a rollicking take on the “spy kids” premise, buoyed by fun characters.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “It’s smart, laugh-out-loud funny, hugely entertaining…and I can’t wait to see what Maggie & Co. get up to next. Highly recommended to fans of Ally Carter.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Readers get the double fun of infiltrating the interpenetrated worlds of international espionage and New York’s wealthy elite, all in the company of a lively, likeable narrator who is on the verge of forgetting the most important rule of being a spy: never look back.”

    Children’s Literature

  • “Benway’s three-dimensional characters leap off the page. She captures the trials and tribulations of growing up with wit and whimsy, humor and perception—making this novel a real joy.”

    RT Book Reviews

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ermira | 2/20/2014

    " Cute and a quick read. Pretty funny, too. I liked it--it's something you can read when you just want to sit back, relax and not think too much! :P "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 2/8/2014

    " Maggie Silver has been safe-cracking since she was three years old and wants nothing more than to be a spy just like her parents. So when the organization they work for, the Collective, gives Maggie a solo assignment she's super excited. Then she finds out that her assignment is basically to be a normal teenager - go to high school, make friends and infiltrate the life of Jesse Oliver so she can steal his Dad's info on the Collective. Maggie only has a small time frame before Mr. Oliver publishes what he knows and ruins her parent's lives (and her own). Or so she's been told. But with the help of family friend Angelo, her new BFF Roux and Jesse himself, can Maggie find out the truth before it costs her something far more valuable than she ever expected? Also, what can you do when you fall in love with your assignment? I have been a fan of Robin Benway since reading her debut novel, Audrey Wait!, which was one of my favorite books to be published while I was a teen. She has a great sense of humor and the characterizations she manages are amazing. I was laughing at and gasping with Maggie from the very first page of the novel. Probably because I was a majorly over-dramatic teenager myself and can totally relate to her. The idea of a teenage spy isn't very appealing to me normally, but the focus on character versus spy/thriller action inclusions kept me involved a lot better than I would have been. The relationship with her parents was both hilarious and touchingly realistic. I am a rare girl who does not happen to like Ally Carter's novels about the teen spy school. Just not my thing. But by placing Maggie in an everyday environment, Benway really impressed me. Jesse was a cute romantic interest for the heroine and their chemistry was at turns sweet and hot both. Roux was freaking HILARIOUS! I loved her so much, but her crappy home life made me want to cry. The whole mystery did seem quite downplayed and ignored for most of the book, which was a little disappointing to me as a reader. The ending seemed perfect to me though and I really enjoyed this book overall. I thought it was well-written, had a great sense of humor and some lasting value. I highly recommend it for fans of character driven narratives, with lots of humor/drama. But I forewarn those looking for an in-depth spy novel, this IS NOT IT. VERDICT: 4.5/5 Stars *I received an Advanced Reading E-book Copy from the publisher, via NetGalley. No money or favors were exchanged for this review. This book's expected publication date is February 26th, 2013.* "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dara | 1/13/2014

    " Devoured this. Loved Maggie and Roux. And I want an Angelo in my life! Such a fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 1/6/2014

    " Goes well with ally carter, slightly more eighth grade. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brittany | 12/29/2013

    " Super super cute. I'm a Robin Benway fan now! Can't believe I haven't read her other books yet... LOVE the spy theme too! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bethany | 12/15/2013

    " A really cool story about a family of spies. I especially liked the Angelo character. I quite enjoyed it. A great book to recommend to those who like Ally Carter's Gallagher girls series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 ShIL | 12/11/2013

    " 3.5 for me "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tammy | 10/10/2013

    " This is a good teenage spy book. Not as many twists and turns as I thought there would be but worth reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liza | 8/31/2013

    " I have read an advanced reading copy. An awesome book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alexa | 8/30/2013

    " Everyone needs a fun teen spy book once in awhile! I liked Maggie and her safe-cracking abilities. I always struggle with the ending of books like these. So many loose ends to tie up in a plausible manner! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aubrey | 7/11/2013

    " This loses a star because there was not as much spy action going on as I would have liked. Still, I really enjoyed the characters and their interactions. All in all it was a fun little book to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marty | 6/26/2013

    " Maggie is a teen spy. The book is enjoyable but not as good as the Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maegan | 6/3/2013

    " A very high 3 stars "

About the Author

Robin Benway is the acclaimed author of the 2017 National Book Award winner Far from the Tree, as well as Audrey, Wait! and The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May & June, both ALA Best Books for Young Adults. Her books have been published in sixteen languages, won awards abroad, and been bestsellers in several countries.