Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Clean Reads ?

What am I reading now? I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You

Annnd . . . what do I think so far?  You’ll love the series. I recommend all my teacher-friends to keep this series in their classroom libraries (umm . . .  they won’t really be able to keep it there, because it will have a waiting list for them). The main character is smart. The friends are loyal and real for the personalities of exceptional young women. The adults in the series are involved (like in real life), but don’t overtake the story.

Cammie Morgan is a spy. Well, not yet but she will be. She attends and elite school for girls, The Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women.  Her mom is a spy. Dad, aunt, friends—yup, yup, yup—all spies. 

She has been prepared for everything: 
     foreign languages (check,) 
     culture and assimilation (check), 
     self-defense (check), 
     falling in love—STOP! Her heart tells her to go for it, her head says she can do this, her past tells her he can never know who she really is.

This is the first book in the Gallagher Girls series.  Here are the other titles:
Out of Sight, Out of Time--I just finished this one! Great addition to the set. 

(My favorite quote of the whole series. 
—I know, you have no idea yet why that is so hilarious!)

Each book has a definite purpose and conclusion. So few series do that, and it makes this one stand out as a great read!

Fun, Smart Clean Reads--
This series, Gallagher Girls, and Ally Carter's other series, Heist Society, are both what I'd call Fun, Smart, Clean Reads. The books are engaging, great twists in the plot, the growth arcs of the characters are satisfying, the writing style is clean and playful, the voice pulls you in to be a friend with the characters. But here's the kicker--they aren't offensive. Kinda rare.

I know the moral values in books a teacher chooses to shelve in their room is a hot topic. Also, many parents have similar discussions.

How do you decide which books to choose for your home, your children, or your students?

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Rebecca H. Jamison said...

I'm reading Heist Society by Ally Carter right now. She's a great writer.

Lynnea (LaLa) said...

I am so glad you get the hilariousness of "spy" now. I love Ally Carter, She is AMAZING!!

Britney Gulbrandsen said...

This series was recommended to me by my sister-in-law. Her daughter loves them. And since I'm beginning to write middle grade fiction, she thought I'd enjoy them. I can't wait to read them!

Donna K. Weaver said...

I want to read these. When I have time.