05 March 2009


by Ally Carter

Hachette Livre Australia. Mystery, Young Adult. Paperback rrp $16.99

Cross my heart and hope to spy is the second book in The Gallagher Girls series. These series is great reading for any girl who doesn’t want too much “romance” and “fashion”. Just a sprinkling of both can be found to add a little spice to the plot.

The main character, Cammie Morgan, is a teenage girl who attends the Gallagher Academy, a school for female spies. Outsiders only know the Gallagher Academy as a very private girl school. Cammie’s mother is the principal and they live on campus. In fact, all the girls live on campus.

It is a new semester at the school and Cammie and her friends have found their way around school has been hampered. There are secrets happening within and for a school that specialises in spies, it is going to be very hard for these secrets to be kept.

Cammie finds her mother is not acting normally and she soon discovers the codename Blackthorne. What is Blackthorne? What does it have to do with the school? She discovers her mother hiding a photo of a youthful Cammie’s dad beside another boy wearing a t-shirt with the words Blackthorne.

Then the school becomes host to some interesting guests. And these guests are just what the girls don’t need! Cammie is blamed for a major security breach, she and her friends are determined to prove that Cammie is innocent.

This is an excellent book for teenage girls. Book 1, I’d tell you I love you but then I’d have to kill you was reviewed in Issue 11. Myself and my 12 year old daughter have both become fans of the series. We are now both looking forward to book 3 Don’t Judge a Girl by her Cover.


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