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I’d Tell You I Love you, But Then I’d Have to Kill You, Ally Carter July 15, 2009

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I’d Tell You I Love you, But Then I’d Have to Kill You

Ally Carter

New York: Hyperion, 2006

ISBN: 9781423100041

Age:  13-17


Cammie Morgan is a sophomore at the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young women.  Cammie may seem like a normal teenage girl, but she is really a spy in training.  Cammie, the chameleon, special spy skill is that she can blend into the scenery.   Cammie works hard at learning to be spy.  After all she is the daughter of a former CIA Agent and the headmistress of the Gallagher Academy. 

Cammie and her friends are excited about starting fieldwork in their sophomore year.  Cammie almost messes up her future career as a spy when she meets a boy (Josh) and falls for him.   She talks her friends into helping her to sneak out of the academy and track Josh down; so that she can “accidently” bump into him.  Unfortunately for Cammie, her “night” operation is found out.  Cammie learns the hard way what it means to be spy.  She can’t ever tell anyone outside of the academy about being a spy. 

“I’d Tell You I’d Love, but then I’d have to Kill You” is a hilarious action packed story.  I just couldn’t put the book down.  I had to find out whether Cammie and Josh will get together or not.   The themes in the story are about friendship, loyalty, making choices, and love.  The book was highly entertaining.  The cover would definitely attract teens with the photo of a teenage girl on the white background only showing part of the girl’s face creates a sense of mystery.  Teens will want to read the book just to find out what it’s all about.


I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak July 14, 2009

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I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak

New York: Borzoi Books, Alfred A. Knopf, 2002

ISBN: 0375830995

Age:  16 – 18


Ed Kennedy is a 19 year old cab driver with no ambitions other than driving his cab, playing cards with his friends, and taking walks with Doorman, his dog and Audrey, his best friend and love of his life.  Ed lives a fairly predictable and boring life until the day he foils a bank robbery.   That day, Ed becomes a hero.  The next day, Ed receives his first ace in the mail.  He becomes the messenger and embarks on a mission of helping people in town while trying to figure out who is the mysterious person sending him on these missions. 

  This story was hilarious and serious at the same time.  The interaction between Ed, Marv, Ritchie, and Audrey during the bank robbery and throughout the story is comical.  I had laughed myself silly when Ed, Marv, and Audrey continued their conversation about Marv’s car while the bank robber kept yelling at them to stop talking.  The seriousness in the story is caused by problems that Ed finds himself involved in after he began receiving the playing cards in the mail.  Each of the playing cards has an address on it that leads Ed to a person who needs his help.  Each of the problems is very serious.  The first address takes Ed to a house in which the alcoholic husband is beating and raping his wife every night.  Ed is scared but still finds the courage to help the wife.  With each new ace Ed has a new problem to solve.  Ed continues his mission for aiding these people, but he really wants to find out who is sending him the playing cards.  This book is for ages 16 years to 18 years old. 

The cover of this book is okay.  It has playing cards on the front cover.  I don’t believe it would attract the attention of teens because the playing cards are somewhat boring.