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Which is more dangerous: being an international spy... or surviving high school?

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 dig
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Hardcover, 308 pages
Published February 26th 2013 by Walker Books for Young Readers
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Alicia Not really, it has a few similarities (a female spy with spy parents) but the rest is COMPLETELY different than the Gallagher Girls series. If you…moreNot really, it has a few similarities (a female spy with spy parents) but the rest is COMPLETELY different than the Gallagher Girls series. If you liked the G.G series, then you'll like A.K.A.
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I sat back in my chair and sighed. “I have to seduce someone,” I announced to my parents. “High school is already destroying my moral code and I haven’t even set foot on the campus yet.”

My mom peeked at my dossier. “I think ‘befriend’ is the word you’re looking for,” she said after a minute.

Sometimes she’s no fun.
This book was a fucking blast. Every other page had me giggling. I can't even remember the last time I gave anything a 5. This book is about a female sleuth. You might be expecting Na
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Lola
May 10, 2016 rated it really liked it

This is the kind of book I wish I had read during my childhood.

Not The Vampire Diaries or Twilight.

This fluffy book.

Also Known As is not a serious book. It’s not realistic or crazy deep. It’s brimming with humor, silly situations and cool spyish scenes.

Maggie picks locks, that’s her job as the daughter of two international spies. She’s the master of lock picking. She’s so talented that there has been an attempt to kidnap her for her skill.

One day in Germany, one week in England or a month in Fra
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Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘


2015 reads : Give me a cute and funny story, 'kay?

Where are the teenagers? What, it seems that in contemporary YA, we often get this oh-so-delicious choice :

▧ Either teenagers sound like wiser than Yoda freaking Jedi : The Fault in Our Stars
Or like predators in the jungle : Every book with some devil cheerleader in it.

So, no, my question is genuine and I end asking this to myself pretty often : WHERE. THE. FUCK. ARE. THE. REAL. TEENAGERS?

Strangely, I had to read a story about SPIES to find t
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Robin (Bridge Four)
On sale for $1.99 on Amazon 15Mar17 I'm not sure how long it will be on sale.

One thing that can really grab me in a book is the dialogue. If the dialogue is really good I will let some of the plot stuff slide since I’m having such a fun time reading through the characters conversations. I LOVED the hilarious dialogue in this book. Also, I want a teenager to sound like a teenager; I don’t need them to be sophisticated, there should be a general silliness to them as they are discovering language a
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Rachel Reads Ravenously
3.5 super cute stars!

Maggie has been a spy for the Collective along with her parents for her entire life. At the age of four it was discovered she has a rare knack for picking locks, a gift that develops and grows as she reaches her teens. Maggie’s family has traveled the world, helping to stop human trafficking rings and other various crimes.

After their latest assignment in Iceland, Maggie and her parents are brought to New York City, where Maggie is given her own assignment, to execute with
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Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤

Yaaaayyyyy! I finished a book...it's a miracle!! lol This was cute, fun, and exactly what I needed since I've been feeling nothing but tired and nauseous.

Thank you, Anna, for helping me back on my reading feet! ♥



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Farah
Apr 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who'd love an awesome read.
Recommended to Farah by: Stephanie Perkins (on her blog)
Shelves: 2013-favorites
First of all, I want to say 'I LOVE YOU STEPHANIE PERKINS!' (for recommending this book on her blog. Otherwise, I probably wouldn't even have heard about this book.)

"French is one of the romance languages after all."
(-Said a girl who kissed a guy in a French class after they were caught doing so by the French teacher.)


I learned more about spies from reading this one book as compared to my entire life. I completed reading this book at about 3:00 something AM (because the idea of sleep becomes i
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Muse-ic ♬
Also Known As was such a fun and enjoyable read! I flew right through it and I don't regret anything!
“It was time for the mirror pep talk.
“Okay, Maggie,” I said to myself after my shower, wiping the steam off the medicine cabinet.
“You could eat these kids for breakfast. You won’t, though, because that would be cannibalistic and
wrong.”


Margaret, also known as Maggie, and her families are spies that work for the Collective a secret spy organization. They constantly travel the world and fight evi
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Keertana
Jan 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Also Known As is a brilliant, fresh, and innovative take on the classic teenage spy idea. While I've enjoyed Ally Carter's Gallagher Girls and Heist Society books, I find that Benway's concept manages doesn't take itself quite so seriously and the end result is not only compulsively readable and instantly relate-able, it's also downright adorable and incredibly humorous. Maggie, the protagonist of our novel, is a genius lock-breaker and safe-cracker. Born to a set of spies who work for an organi ...more
Tabby
Mar 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
THE REVIEW

Why this book?

It's been on my iPod forever so I decided to finally listen to it

What I thought

This book was a joy to read! The spy thing was was interesting, and the characters are awesome, especially Roux I just love her! The romance was really sweet, Jesse was absolutely Swoonworthy and the ring pop was really cute. I also really liked her interactions with Roux, they were definitely amusing. The best thing about this book is being inside Maggie's head, her inner dialogue was priceles
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Julia
You know how sometimes you realize you’re doing or saying the wrong thing, but you just can’t stop yourself? You can literally hear the words coming out of your mouth and you just want to shove them back in because the real you, the good you, would never want to be this way, but you just keep going?
Yeah. That was me. Because instead of agreeing to try harder, be better, I got whiny.

There is always a fine line between light and cute and annoying and ridiculous. Unfortunately, instead of trying
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Drew
Jan 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
My parents weren’t surprised that I cracked the lock. I think they’d have been more surprised if I hadn’t opened it. It would probably be hugely disappointing for two spies to have a completely inept kid, you know?

After finishing this I just wanted to squeal, "Oh my gosh! That was so cuuuuute!"

I'm not going to pretend this book is something it's not. Also Known As is a really adorable, fluffy, light chick lit about sixteen-year-old Maggie who's a spy and works for the Collective. Ever since Ma
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☆★Tinja★✮ A Court of Pizza and Laziness
I kept comparing this to Ally Carter's Gallagher Girls (which is awesome btw) I didn't want to but my mind obviously doesn't care about my wants. I'm having more and more issues with YA books nowadays. It was cute and all but it focused too much on the relationship stuff in my opinion. I was looking for more action and gadgets and multiply spy talents. Like I said, Gallagher Girls has obviously ruined other YA spy books for me. I also couldn't really relate to the MC and was hoping this to be mo ...more
Zyra
Jan 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
my first spy story ever and such a cute one. i enjoyed it so much. light and fun to read. though i am kind of disappointed that there are only two books in a series. i was hoping for more.
Sue (Hollywood News Source)
Actual Rating: 4.5 stars

As Known As cemented my love for Robin Benway. This author has a flair for dark and dry humour, she certainly does know how to write a cute, fluffy romance. And thank god, the spy plot isn't as painstaking as I expected it to be. Mini review to come.
Maggie ☘ (Reader in Wonderland)
*2.5/5 stars*

Also Known As is lighthearted, fun - though pretty immature - adorable little book about safecracker teen spy who got first assignment of her own, which includes attending high school for the first time, fitting in, making friends and spy on one very cute boy. What could go possibly wrong, right?

“I sat back in my chair and sighed. “I have to seduce someone,” I announced to my parents. “High school is already destroying my moral code and I haven’t even set foot on the campus yet.”

I
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Glory
Oct 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Если вы думаете, что все истории про подростков-шпионов наивные, неправдоподобные и предсказуемые, то вы точно не читали эту.
"Also Known As" - приятное исключение среди целой вереницы однотипных экшенов про детишек, круче которых только яйца и Чак Норрис. Ну, знаете, кувырки с подвыподвертом, ствол в каждом кармане, сюрикены в носках и пятьдесят редких языков в подкорке.
Нет, Мэгги не такая. По сути, она совсем обычная - не считая навыков медвежатника и родителей-шпионов. Она родилась и выросла
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Arshiya
Jul 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Many people judge whether they like a book or not based on several factors like the character development, world building and what-not. Don't get me wrong, all these things are important. But when it comes to me the only things that matter are how I feel while reading the book and after reading the book. If it can make me laugh like a maniac or better yet make me cry - and believe me that does not happen often. I don't cry easily and I definitely don't bawl. I might get all choked up and spill a ...more
Cyndi
Apr 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is an adorable book! The dialogue is quick and funny, the characters are well rounded and the story is perfectly plotted.
I love that her parents are cool spies but also regular parents who love their daughter. She is loyal to her best friend when most teenage girls would have dropped her quickly and tried to please the more popular girls. All of the main characters are perfectly developed, faults and all,
Tamara
4,5 star


SUCH A CUTE BOOK!




That was like the cutest and the most fun book ever! I don't think I've smiled or laughed this much while reading. Dont read this book in public, though. I've tried reading it on subway and oh boy, couldnt stop giggling secretly so I got a lot of weird looks




I’m not always into the Spy stories but I loved AKA. Mainly because of the characters. I loved Maggie and Jesse (I think calling him smile-worthy is perfect), but I expecially loved Roux. She was so snarky and funny
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Michelle
Jun 16, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

This was a fun and hilariously sweet read. Maggie is adorable when she tries to maneuver through high school. She knows how to unlock pretty much any safe and lock but high school is not something she has ever practiced. I love her friendship with Roux (yes, like kangaROO but don't call her that because she doesn't like that) and her romance with Jesse. Roux is a social outcast and Maggie and her get a long really well. They are opposites in a way. Roux is pretty much the only friend sh
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Missy's Book World
May 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bookshelf
4/5

I loved this book it was light on the romance and action it was a mild book in my opinion. But I loved it because of Maggie and how she was towards the people she loved and it had humor and I enjoyed that part it was kinda different from what I normally read but I like 2 book series a lot.
Kirsty-Marie Jones
AKAA. Also Known as Awesome. Just saying.
Nasty Lady MJ
Feb 18, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Gallagher Girls/Gilmore Girls
Recommended to Nasty Lady MJ by: Me
To see full review click here.

I like books about spies. Maybe it's because I watch a profuse amount of spy shows or I just find James Bond to be hot (the British accent does something to me, ya'll). I really don't know what it is, but whenever there's a spy oriented book in YA I just have to grab it. And that's why I requested Also Known As from NetGalley. And thankfully, they answered my request with a yes.

This is a weird book for me to review. If you talked to me after I finished the first thi
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Shannon
Aug 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Ik vond het een erg leuk en ook wel spannend boek. In het begin had ik een beetje moeite met het lezen van dit boek, alles was zo ongeloofwaardig, maar ik ben blij dat ik heb doorgezet. Roux en Jesse zijn echt de beste vrienden die je je kunt wensen, dat ze na alles toch nog wilden helpen is ook super lief van hen geweest. Het einde van dit boek was erg spannend en het boek had een mooi einde. Ook waren er bepaalde dingen gezegd die mij hardop lieten lachen. Daarnaast was het een boek dat lekker ...more
Laurence R.
Dec 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
I would be a horrible spy, but reading about one is actually very funny!
Lottie Eve
Jan 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Also Known As was an incredibly fun novel. I didn’t expect all the laughs I got from it. I throughly enjoy the novel and I do not regret reading it. Also Known As exceeded my expectations but only as a novel. As a SPY novel, however, Also Known As leaves much to be desired.

Awhile this novel is about a teenage spy there is not much espionage going on throughout the story. Maggie does crack a few safes and locks here and there but there are things that I expect to be in a spy novel that were not i
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Lindsay
One of my favorite things in the world is finding a book you didn't even know you were in the mood for. That's exactly what happened with this book.

This is another gem I found at the library and decided to take home with me. I picked it up on a lark last night, to read the first page or so, and before I knew it, I was way into the book and I didn’t want to put it down.

I was completely charmed by Maggie, her parents, her honorary uncle, her bff Roux and her crush/boyfriend Jesse. They all had a
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Jessica (Goldenfurpro)
This book surprised the heck out of me!
I'm the kind of girl that likes to read those dark dystopian and paranormal books.
So a book about a teenage spy? Doesn't seem like a book I would like.
I WAS WRONG!
I absolutely ADORED this book!
It was just so fun!!
This book actually got me to laugh!!
I rarely ever laugh while reading a book (although that may be due to the I-read-dark-books thing)!!
I also loved the characters!!!
THEY WERE JUST SO DANG ENTERTAINING!!!


But...
You knew this was coming didn't you? T
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Sarah
Jan 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013, heist-or-caper, ya
This review was originally published on Clear Eyes, Full Shelves.
...I had a shiny new plan.

And like most of my plans, it involved deviousness, blatant lying, and coffee.

I started with the coffee first.

About a month ago, I re-watched all five seasons of Alias (and, yes, I'm still mad about the suckitude of the final season) and found myself wishing that I could find books that fit the Alias-style mold: spying, action, romance and humor all wrapped into a quickly-paced, mysterious storyline.

Around
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Robin Benway is a National Book Award winner and New York Times bestselling author of six novels for young adults, including Audrey, Wait!, the AKA series, and Emmy & Oliver. Her books have received numerous awards and recognition, including a 2008 Blue Ribbon Award from the Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books, 2009's ALA Best Books for Young Adults, and 2014's ALA Popular Paperbacks f ...more
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“He’s a delinquent!” I yelled out to my parents. “He was arrested for shoplifting last year!”
No response.
“I just want you to know that I’m going to be hanging out with someone who has a criminal
record!” I cried.
“Let’s not forget that our family can never reenter Luxembourg without being arrested!” my dad
yelled back.
Touché.”
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“It was time for the mirror pep talk.
“Okay, Maggie,” I said to myself after my shower, wiping the steam off the medicine cabinet.
“You could eat these kids for breakfast. You won’t, though, because that would be cannibalistic and
wrong.”
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