What are the best espionage-themed books for young adults?

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    #1I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You (Gallagher Girls)

    I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You (Gallagher Girls)
    I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter is a young adult mystery novel set in the Gallagher Academy, which is claimed to be a school for geniuses but is a place for spies in reality.

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    Cheng Chang
    Written on May 23, 2018
    "Not the best young adult mystery out there. My daughter is a voracious reader and this is one of the few books she left unfinished. I would say if your teen likes mysteries, there are books out there to read before this one."
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    #2Harriet the Spy

    Harriet the Spy

    Harriet the Spy is the first book in the Harriet the Spy series written by Louise Fitzhugh. This book for children and young adult readers was originally published in 1964.


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    María Luisa Armenta
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "This book describes the adventures and personal growth of an eleven-year-old girl. She knowledgeable beyond her years. She is laugh-out-loud funny and inspiring to others."
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    Remembrandt by Robin King is a spy thriller novel about the exploit of a protagonist who has an eidetic memory. This novel has a perfect balance of romance and mystery rolled into one.


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    Paul Kelly
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "I picked this book off of Amazon because it was decently priced. I was not really impressed by this book and would recommend other espionage books to any adult."
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    #4Ark Angel (Alex Rider)

    Ark Angel (Alex Rider)
    Ark Angel (Alex Rider) is an adventure fiction book authored by Anthony Horowitz. This action-thriller book was published on Ark Angel (Alex Rider) April 5th 2007 by Speak/Puffin/Penguin Group. 

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    Henry Rice
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "The character development is amazing in these books and really helps with the story telling. The book is best suited for teens but in no right limited to them. A fun book!"
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    #5Also Known As

    Also Known As

    Also Known As by Robin Benway is a contemporary spy thriller novel about choosing between being an international spy or ordinary high school graduate. Prestige over privilege comes into play in this book.


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    Donald Delgado
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "Also Known As is an entertaining book about a teenage girl who's parents are spies and who is adept at safe cracking. The book is geared towards a young teen audience and has an interesting plot twist at the end. Plenty of fun, if predictable, action to keep the reader interested."
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    #6Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy (Gallagher Girls)

    Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy (Gallagher Girls)
    Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy is the second book in Ally Carter's thrilling spy and romance series for pre-teens and young adults, the Gallagher Girls. It was originally published in 2007 and was reprinted in 2009.

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    Zhao Tang
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "Spy and "romance"? For pre-teen girls? What kind of "romance"? Oh, okay. This is a girls vs. boys plot taking place in "school", with no mention of the grade level, although there is some interest in boys. The school is a "spy" school. Nearly 200 reviewers on Amazon.com give this book 4.5 stars, which is impressive. A brand new hardcover is selling for $17, which means that people are paying that much, meaning further that this is a desirable book. All the evidence points to this book being the "best espionage-themed books for young adults" (but, especially for young girls)."
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    #7Spy High Mission One

    Spy High Mission One
    Spy High Mission One: The Frankenstein Factory is a mystery thriller fiction book authored by A. J. Butcher published on May 5, 2004 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. It is a story of students trained to be secret agents.


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    Pamela Rios
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "This book is for young children and in no way a young adult book. If you are looking for a book to get your little brother interested in espionage, this book is perfect for that. It is engaging and a good read, for kids!"
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    #8Eye of the Storm (Sean Dillon)

    Eye of the Storm (Sean Dillon)

    Eye of the Storm is a thrilling adventure, action, and espionage novel for young adults written by bestseller Henry Patterson, a.k.a. Jack Higgins. It was first released in 1992 and is the first book in the author's Sean Dillon series.


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    Martha Olson
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Jack Higgins weaves his stores to the point that will keep you wondering just what will happen next. I own most of the Dillon books and enjoy rereading them."
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    #9United We Spy (Gallagher Girls)

    United We Spy (Gallagher Girls)

    United We Spy is a young adult spy romance fiction and the sixth book in Gallagher Girls series written by Ally Carter. This book is about Cammie Morgan who had an n amnesia. It is published in 2013 by Disney-Hyperion. 


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    Adam Curtis
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "Great read. I would recommend this to anyone who is a fan of espionage!"
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    #10The Recruit (Cherub)

    The Recruit (Cherub)

    The Recruit (Cherub) is an adventure fiction book written by Robert Muchamore published on  August 30th 2005 by Simon Pulse. It follows a group of Cherub agents who are sent out on a mission to spy on terrorists.


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    Ryan Coleman
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "The beginnings of a promising series are founded in this book. It goes off the well-worn path of most YA lit and forges its own way into the world of espionage and secrecy. My son, who isn't a reader, absolutely devoured this book. I got him as many more as he asked for. I'm happy that he's reading anything at all, but this book was especially good for him since it motivated him to read more."


Best What are the best espionage-themed books for young adults
1I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You (Gallagher Girls)Books 29 Paid
2Harriet the SpyBooks 26 Paid
3RemembrandtBooks 24 Paid
4Ark Angel (Alex Rider)Books 24 Paid
5Also Known AsBooks 23 Paid
6Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy (Gallagher Girls)Books 21 Paid
7Spy High Mission OneBooks 19 Paid
8Eye of the Storm (Sean Dillon)Books 16 Paid
9United We Spy (Gallagher Girls)Books 15 Paid
10The Recruit (Cherub)Books 13 Paid

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