Friday, January 18, 2019

The Spies That Bind (Gallagher Girls 0.5), by Ally Carter (author), Rebecca Soler (narrator)

Audible Studios, June 2018

Twelve-year-old Cammie Morgan is about to start her first semester at her new school, The Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women. Her mother is also beginning there as the new Headmistress, after a career as a spy.

Oh, yes. Gallagher Academy isn't just any exclusive private girls' school. It's a training academy for future female spies, founded during the Civil War, after Gillian Gallagher prevented an assassination attempt on Abraham Lincoln. (No, not the one at the Ford Theater.)

Arriving at the Gallagher Academy is as stressful as starting any new school, for Cammie, and for her fellow first-year classmates. Cammie worries she's only there because she's a legacy. Her roommate Liz Sutton worries she doesn't belong because she's one of the few who isn't a legacy and neither of her parents has been a spy. Their other roommate is black girl from the UK whom some believe doesn't belong there because she's the first student ever who isn't an American.

In a school where there are secret passages, booby traps, and dangerous weapons, and many of the girls have picked up rudimentary spy skills from their parents, the normal cliquish in-fighting can get really bad. And one of their classmates has decided that not only should Cammie and her roommates not be students there; Cammie's mother also has no business being Headmistress.

It's short, it's exciting, and the characters are a lot of fun. Recommended.

Either I bought this audiobook, or it was one of the free Audible Originals offerings to members. I'm not sure which, now. Either way, I am reviewing it voluntarily.

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