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by Robin Benway

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Young Adult

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Sadly, this latest Also Known As novel lacks Benway’s trademark spellbinding writing. Although this is an enjoyable, light read, the author’s attempts to pack too much content into too few pages fall flat. Benway fans will miss the depth typically found in her other novels.Ra

Even the best spy agencies can be corrupted by members hungry for power. When the Collective accuses Maggie’s parents of stealing valuable evidence in an old case, Maggie’s parents and her honorary uncle Angelo realize they aren’t the only agents being hunted by the Collective for refusing to turn on their peers. As Maggie desperately tries to protect her best friend Roux, keep her relationship with her boyfriend Jesse and prep for the SATs, she is also determined to prove her parent’s innocence. If only her friends weren’t so determined to stand in harm’s way to help her. When disaster strikes, Maggie will learn that even the best spy does better with her team around her — especially when she’s going rogue. (WALKER, Jan., 320 pp., $17.99, ISBN: 9780802736048, HC, 12 & Up)

Reviewed By: Raven Haller

Publisher: WALKER

Published: January 2014

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