Spy girl falls for normal guy. What could possibly go wrong?
Recommended grade level: 7-10
Pages: 284 (for ISBN 9781423100034)
Genre(s) and keywords: adventure, spy, romance, humor, chick lit
Tone/Style: conspiratorial, humorous
Topics: spies, illicit romance, boarding schools
Themes: deception, desire for romance, desire to be normal
Summary: The Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women is a fairly typical all-girls school—that is, if every school teaches advanced martial arts in PE, chemistry always consists of the latest in chemical warfare, and everyone breaks CIA codes for extra credit in computer class. So in truth, while the Gallagher Academy might say it’s a school for geniuses what they really mean is spies. But what happens when a Gallagher Girl falls for a boy who doesn’t have a code name? Continue reading
The master of historical nonfiction takes on a little-known event in American history.
Recommended grade level: 6-10
Pages: 224 (for ISBN 9780545405720)
Genre(s) and keywords: nonfiction, narrative nonfiction, history
Topics: counterfeiting, cons, grave robbing
Themes: respect and disrespect for history
Summary: The action begins in October of 1875, as Secret Service agents raid the Fulton, Illinois, workshop of master counterfeiter Ben Boyd. Continue reading