I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You
by Ally Carter
ISBN-13: 978-1423100041
Hyperion Books, New York, 2007
288 p.

GENRE: Chick-lit, Espionage, Romance

TEASER: Being a spy in training is easy. Trying to convince the boy of her dreams that she is a normal teenage girl may prove impossible.

SUMMARY: Cammie (Chameleon) Morgan is a fifteen-year-old student at Gallagher Academy, a top-secret boarding school for spies. Here students are taught how to deactivate a bomb using tweezers and a hair pin, speak fifteen languages, and kill a man in several different ways. On a practice mission, Cammie meets a boy, a normal boy. Now Cammie has her toughest assignment yet, pretend to be a normal teenage girl. How long can she juggle a double life and can she keep Josh from finding out who she really is?

CRITIQUE: This is a fun, light read. There is not a lot of diversity or development of the characters. Cammie shows some development throughout as she debates whether she has what it takes to be a real spy ad continue onto the more advanced training. She slowly gains more confidence in her abilities as a spy and her self image as a teenage girl. Cammie’s character is very relatable. She is smart and confident in her abilities as a spy but completely self conscious about how other people see her. There isn’t much complexities for the other characters. Carter gives you the feeling that Joe’s Solomon is hiding something. There are also brief hints of her mother’s inner feelings. She is normally seen as always put together and calm, but Cammie catches her crying alone at one point on her father’s birthday. I have a feeling that more of the characters will develop as the series continues.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Ally Carter is a pen name. She is very protective about any information pertaining to he identity. After countless letters from fans wanting to write reports she finally decided to release some biographical information. She was born and raised in Oklahoma. Her mother was a teacher and her father was a farmer and rancher. She admits to being very active in high school organizations.

She has degrees from Oklahoma State University and Cornell University. She is the bestselling author of the Gallagher series and the Heist Society series. Her books have been published in over twenty countries.

AUTHOR’S WEBSITE: http://allycarter.com/

READING LEVEL: 13+

CHALLENGE ISSUES: N/A

DEFENSE: N/A

CURRICULUM TIES: N/A

BOOKTALKING IDEAS: Joe Solomon is the new teacher keeping everyone on their toes. Do you think he is hiding something? Do you think it has something to do with Cammie’s father?

WHY INCLUDED: I wanted to include a spy novel for girls. We can’t let the boys have all the fun now can we?

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