Walker Childrens, 2014
Audience: All Teens
Being permanently based in a local New York City high school as an undercover operative has its moments, good and bad, for 16-year-old safecracker Maggie Silver. Pros: More quality time with her former mark-turned-boyfriend Jesse Oliver and insanely cool best friend, Roux. Getting to spend quality time with her semi-retired and international spy honorary uncle, Angelo. Cons: High school and the accompanying cliques, bad lunches, and frustratingly simple locker combinations. But when Maggie's parents are falsely accused of stealing priceless gold coins, Maggie uses her safecracking skills to try and clear their names. Too bad it only serves to put her and everyone she loves in danger. Maggie and her "new team" flee to Paris where they must come up with a plan to defeat their former allies.
I’m not big on heist stories. They usually get too complicated and go around in circles. This series is an exception. They’re well-written and don’t have too much going on. I had fun reading this one. It had a nice twist on the first book and I’m interested to see what happens next. Roux is a great sidekick. She is a real scene-stealer. It’s good to have teen books with positive female relationships. Hopefully that will continue in the rest of the series.