Book Summery (Via Goodreads): Being permanently based in a local New York City high school as an undercover operative has its moments, good and bad, for 16-year-old safecracker Maggie Silver.
Pros: More quality time with her former mark-turned-boyfriend Jesse Oliver and insanely cool best friend, Roux. Getting to spend quality time with her semi-retired and international spy honorary uncle, Angelo.
Cons: High school and the accompanying cliques, bad lunches, and frustratingly simple locker combinations.
But when Maggie's parents are falsely accused of stealing priceless gold coins, Maggie uses her safecracking skills to try and clear their names.
Too bad it only serves to put her and everyone she loves in danger. Maggie and her "new team" flee to Paris where they must come up with a plan to defeat their former allies.
Robin Benway has long been one of my go-to authors. When I saw there was a sequel to Benway's Also Known As, I was excited to continue Maggie's journey. Once again, Benway does not disappoint! The cast of characters are a mixture of delight and humor. They add a wonderful splash of color to this espionage-centered novel. It's nice going past the initial meeting of each character. This time around you really get to know their quirks and personalities. One of Benway's strongest attributes is the ability to write believable YA charters. That being said, I know there is a slim chance of a real teenage spy that works for a collective of agents. But that's not what I'm talking about. I'm referring to Maggie's teenage behavior, the presence of parents, friends, accountability...So many times these things get overlooked in the YA genre. Ahem. Moving on. I also, of course, love the espionage setting. It's just not a common theme...it's so playful and refreshing! If you haven't picked up any of Benway's books, I highly recommend you do so. This series is a fun place to start!
Cover Art Commentary:
I just love the covers of this series! They are so so fun, colorful, and playful!