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Two Lies and a Spy
ISBN: 9781442481725
Author: Carlton, Kat
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published: September 2013
Retail: $16.99    OUR PRICE: $2.99
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Binding Type: Hardcover
Annotation: Receiving an unexpected text message from her father that sends her brother and her into hiding, 16-year-old Kari learns that her superspy parents have been declared traitors and assembles a rescue team that includes her longtime crush, an expert hacker, a martial artist, her crush's vindictive twin and a cute but complicated newcomer.
Additional Information
Target Grade: 10-12
Grade level: 10-12
Physical Information: 1.00" H x 100.00" L x 6.00" W
Bargain Category: Middle School, Fantasy
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2014 Spring)
When sixteen-year-old Kari gets a "Code Black" from her parents--who may or may not be Russian spies--she and her brilliant brother Charlie go on the run and attempt to save them. Predictable dialogue rings false, but the easy read and breakneck pace will attract adventure-seeking readers. Contrasting the retro KGB backdrop with tech-savvy hackers is interesting but feels odd.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2013 September)

Gr 7 Up—Kari Andrews's motto is, "when all else fails, resort to violence." This is sort of odd coming from a 16-year-old prep-school student living in the DC area, but then her parents are both spies working for the Agency, which readers can presume to mean the CIA. She is also proficient at judo and takes care of her seven-year-old genius brother, Charlie, as one of her missions in life. The plot is totally preposterous. Kari gets a message from her parents to grab Charlie and hide until they can reach her. With her high school friends at her side, she does some spying of her own when her parents fail to show up at the three designated safe spots. The teens break into Langley when they find out that Kari's mother is in custody there. It seems that the Agency believes her parents are double agents working for the Russians. Kari doesn't stop until she busts her mother out of captivity and can begin looking for her father. There is a twist at the end that keeps readers engaged. Though the premise is far-fetched, the book is an easy, fun read that would be an additional purchase for libraries looking for espionage fluff.—Elizabeth Kahn, Patrick F. Taylor Science & Technology Academy, Jefferson, LA

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