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Publisher's Note:

Being a 16-year-old safecracker and active-duty daughter of international spies has its moments, good and bad. Pros: Seeing the world one crime-solving adventure at a time. Having parents with super cool jobs. Cons: Never staying in one place long enough to have friends or a boyfriend. But for Maggie Silver, the biggest perk of all has been avoiding high school and the accompanying cliques, bad lu…

Also Known As

by Robin Benway

Overall Book Review:

I’ve always been a fan of mystery/spy books, and Also Known As did not disappoint! In the spirit of Heist Society, Robin Benway has crafted an intricate spy syndicate and threaded it into a fantastic story. The characters all have complex back stories and the spy logic and lingo are watertight. The plotline was a little more focused on Maggie’s social life than I was expecting, but the plot was still engaging. Moving along with a more emotional line than action, I thought that Maggie’s character was well-rounded. I found this book to be relatable and heartwarming. The end was a little anti-climactic, but it didn’t detract from the overall story. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good spy story, and to teens who love a relatable book and clean cut teen romance.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Bloomsbury USA

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  40 religious exclamations; 25 mild obscenities; 1 religious profanity; 7 derogatory names, 32 scatological words; 16 anatomical terms; and 2 offensive hand gestures.

Violence/Gore:  Mischief, trickery; stories of past violence; implied occurrence of violence; non-life threatening injuries.

Sex/Nudity: Lots of flirting, hand holding, and kissing; reference to teenagers having had sex.

Mature Subject Matter:

Divorce, crime and illegal activities, underage drinking, death.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

Teenagers drinking at a party; an underage character gets severely drunk; mentions of people doing drugs or taking un-prescribed pills.

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About the Reviewer

Ever since I was little, reading has been a huge part of my life, and even now I find it is one of my favorite things to do! Usually when I go to the library, I end up leaving with embarrassingly huge stacks of books, which I usually finish within the week. I’ll read almost any genre, though I prefer fantasy and mystery – Sarah Beth Durst and Shannon Hale being some of my favorite authors.