The Spies That Bind (Gallagher Girls, #0.5)
Listening Length: 2 hours and 55 minutesAn original novella and prequel to Ally Carter's New York Times best-selling Gallagher Girls series, exclusively on Audible.The first day at a new school is tough for any kid, but it's especially scary when you're going to a school for spies. Cammie Morgan has spent her whole life dreaming of becoming a Gallagher Girl, but she has no idea what she’ll face when she arrives at The Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women. Secret passages? Check. Lab experiments that might make you lose your eyebrows (and other body parts)? Check. Classmates who are the smartest, strongest, most intimidating girls in the world? Double check. Cammie might be a Gallagher legacy, but she's about to learn that the most intimidating part about the Gallagher Academy are the Gallagher Girls themselves. Soon Cammie and her clumsy-but-genius roommate Liz, and the glamorous Bex have to learn the most important lesson of the seventh grade: getting into spy school is hard. Surviving spy school is harder. Ally Carter is the author of many beloved series, including Heist Society and the Embassy Row novels, and Not If I Save You First.

The Spies That Bind (Gallagher Girls, #0.5) Details

TitleThe Spies That Bind (Gallagher Girls, #0.5)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJun 25th, 2018
PublisherAudible Studios
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Audiobook, Mystery, Fiction

The Spies That Bind (Gallagher Girls, #0.5) Review

  • Mahlon
    January 1, 1970
    I’m not sure whether I will continue with the series after reading this Audible original, it maybe too YA for me but if you like spy stories or stories about female empowerment you may enjoy this series. The characters are really well written, it was a fun way to kick off my 2019 reading Challenge
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  • Kim Van Duijn
    January 1, 1970
    I picked this as one of my free audible originals. I had never seen the author or knew of the series. I just picked it because of the synopsis and i had so much fun !! I really liked this naroraters voice. Don't expect anything fancy, its just a story about a 12 year old girl and her first week in spy school. I enjoyed it so much that i probably will pick up the next book when i feel that i need a pick me up !
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  • Sara (A Gingerly Review)
    January 1, 1970
    Super quick read from Audible. I haven't read this series (yet?) but may start it now.
  • Alaina
    January 1, 1970
    I'm not one hundred percent positive.. but I doubt I've even read a book from this series. If I have, I apologize because I don't remember a thing. Oops? Maybe I need to dive into this series because this novella was short, sweet, and kind of got me hooked.In The Spies That Bind you will meet Cammie Morgan. It's about her going to school and how it may or may not have been what she was dreaming about. Cammie was adorable. I loved how she was so excited and scared about this school. Then there's I'm not one hundred percent positive.. but I doubt I've even read a book from this series. If I have, I apologize because I don't remember a thing. Oops? Maybe I need to dive into this series because this novella was short, sweet, and kind of got me hooked.In The Spies That Bind you will meet Cammie Morgan. It's about her going to school and how it may or may not have been what she was dreaming about. Cammie was adorable. I loved how she was so excited and scared about this school. Then there's the fact that keeping your friends close but other spies closer. Wait, is that even a saying? Either way, I like it.Cammie, Liz, and Bex were extremely likable and I can't wait to read more about their friendship. Overall, I totally looked up to see if I read a book from this series and I haven't! I'm in the clear guys but now I found a new series to dive into.WOOHOO!
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  • Sage Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    this just made me happy, which i needed.
  • Vicki
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely loved this prequel to the Gallagher Girls series. I had read book one in 2014 and to be honest I didn't care for it. I only gave it 2 stars. So I wasn't real happy when I got this and then realized it was part of a series that I only had read book 1. But this audiobook was absolutely so fun to listen to and it brought Cammie Morgan's character to life. The reader is who truly made this read so fun, and I'm going to give the series another try now. The story opens with an introductio I absolutely loved this prequel to the Gallagher Girls series. I had read book one in 2014 and to be honest I didn't care for it. I only gave it 2 stars. So I wasn't real happy when I got this and then realized it was part of a series that I only had read book 1. But this audiobook was absolutely so fun to listen to and it brought Cammie Morgan's character to life. The reader is who truly made this read so fun, and I'm going to give the series another try now. The story opens with an introduction to The Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women, a spy school for young girls. Or, as Cammie called it, a sisterhood. Set in 1872 Virginia, the school built of limestone walls and the most beautiful stain glass windows Cammie had ever seen, was home to young female spy wannabees. Liz, Bex, and Cammie are just so fun to follow throughout their first week in the academy, which is the period of time this book covers.
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  • Andrea
    January 1, 1970
    Read this just for the heck of it!This was a short story about Cammy's first day at Gallagher Academy and how she bonded with her roommates Bex and Liz throughout their orientation. This book definitely gave me the nostalgic feels. I loved Gallagher Girls when I read the original series. I loved seeing the "origin story" of Cammie's nickname too. All in all, this was a cute, short and entertaining read that is tempting me to read the rest of the series again!
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  • Andie
    January 1, 1970
    This was a free Audible book and is YA Harry Potter fan fiction about young girls at a school for spies and appears to set up the beginning of a series. Nothing fancy here, but middle school girls should like the adventure of learning to be spies, as well as recognize the obligatory mean girl characters who appear in the plot. This seems to be an empowering series of stories for young girls.
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  • Aly
    January 1, 1970
    This was a cute short story. I haven't read the rest of the series, but this makes me want to! I love the girl power and an all girls secret spy school is awesome. The girls were cute as little seventh graders and I liked seeing their friendship form.
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    My babies as babies!
  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    A tad bit ridiculous in terms of writing, but entertaining nonetheless.
  • Marie Davies
    January 1, 1970
    Cute audiobook about the humble beginnings of Cam, Bex and Liz at the GG academy.Miss Zach though. Would love a spin off series with him at Blackthorne!
  • Cmoore
    January 1, 1970
    This is a wonderful novella, and prequel to what looks to be a dynamite middle reader series, and one I want to read more of!This book covers the first week of class for 7th graders, just arriving at a charming, all girl school, to learn the art of being a Gallagher Girl... and of course, Gallagher Girls are spys. It's an old school, which opened just after the Civil War, and it's deeply steeped in secrets and tradition. Cammie Morgan has her work cut out for her if she wants to follow in her mo This is a wonderful novella, and prequel to what looks to be a dynamite middle reader series, and one I want to read more of!This book covers the first week of class for 7th graders, just arriving at a charming, all girl school, to learn the art of being a Gallagher Girl... and of course, Gallagher Girls are spys. It's an old school, which opened just after the Civil War, and it's deeply steeped in secrets and tradition. Cammie Morgan has her work cut out for her if she wants to follow in her mother's footsteps,  to become one of her nations most secret assets! But first she has to manage to stay enrolled... I'm going to be recommending this book to everyone looking for their next middle reader adventure... It's unfortunate that audible didn't get Renee Raudman to voice this book as she is narrator for the rest of the series, but I found that Rebecca Soler did a fine job, so hopefully the change in readers won't be too disconcerting for either the new fan, or the diehard one who wants to catch the newest book in the storyline!
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  • Kamy
    January 1, 1970
    A light novella firmly in the category of young adult....maybe the very young adult. The language and sentence structure vividly portrays a group of 12 yo girls. I found myself, sometimes unwilling, laughing uproariously but most importantly relating to the trials and tribulations of these young. I may not read the rest of the Gallagher girl series but I will have to read another book by Ally Carter.
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  • MA
    January 1, 1970
    Popsugar 2019 Reading Challenge (17/40)Prompt: Your favorite prompt from a past POPSUGAR Reading ChallengeI chose an espionage thriller (2017) again. Alas, it's more pre-espionage at an all-girls spy school, but I feel like it fits the prompt. *shrug*
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  • Cheryl Carpenter
    January 1, 1970
    I'm not sure I'd call this YA. It read very young and the characters are in 7th grade. I'm also wondering if I've outgrown YA. I picked up on Audible because, who doesn't want to go to SPY SCHOOL? In that regard it was FUN!
  • C.L. Cannon
    January 1, 1970
    This was a free audible original, and while the premise seemed intriguing, it was just a bit too juvenile for me. I am an avid reader of YA, but this almost feels a bit more middle-grade, to be honest. It felt like there was a lot of manufactured melodrama rather than actual well-written plot.
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  • Elizabeth (Lizzy)
    January 1, 1970
    For a free audiobook I guess it was fine.
  • Sara
    January 1, 1970
    This was the prequel to the spy series that I read 100000x in middle school. My eleven-year-old self was absolutely THRIVING while listening to this book.
  • Jordan
    January 1, 1970
    Free Audible Original for Month of January - I enjoyed this little quick read.. Not sure I'll get into the full series but enjoyed the light story.
  • Barbara
    January 1, 1970
    I downloaded this book on Audible to listen to with my granddaughter. She loved it, and so did I. I can’t wait to check out the series this precedes.
  • Nervous Bookworm
    January 1, 1970
    Today, I want to write about my first experience with Audible and review The Spies That Bind by Ally Carter. The reason I'm doing both in one post is that The Spies That Bind is the first ever audiobook I've ever listened too!I'd been debating whether or not to try Audible for a few years. And recently I finally took the plunge. I started listening to 'The Spies That Bind' by Ally Carter. And here's how that went. The reason I decided to try audible is that during the summer Ally Carter announce Today, I want to write about my first experience with Audible and review The Spies That Bind by Ally Carter. The reason I'm doing both in one post is that The Spies That Bind is the first ever audiobook I've ever listened too!I'd been debating whether or not to try Audible for a few years. And recently I finally took the plunge. I started listening to 'The Spies That Bind' by Ally Carter. And here's how that went. The reason I decided to try audible is that during the summer Ally Carter announced that she was realeasing The Spies That Bind Novella on Audible only. Now I am a huge Ally Carter fan. I am a Gallagher Girl, and I have read pretty much every book Ally Carter has written.I have to admit I was a little dishearted when I realized it was an audiobook. Mainly because I always, always, always buy paperback copies of Ally's books. I love having them on my bookshelves, I keep them all together, and they look so pretty. I get so please when I get another book to add to the collection.But you know, I got over my slight disappointment, and signed up for Audible because there was no way I was not reading/ listening to this book! Ally Carter could write a book and only publish it in German and I'd learn German just so I could read it.Now, this being my first time ever really listening to an audiobook I wasn't really sure if I'd enjoy it.I didn't know if I'd like audiobooks, because I love just curling up with a good book and getting lost in it, I didn't know if audiobooks would work for me, or if I'd be able to follow along with it.But I just fell in love with audiobooks, it works so well with my lifestyle. I'm constantly busy right now, and I haven't been able to sit down and just read for a while. But I managed to find time to listen to 'The Spies That Bind'.I listened to it on my way to college, while I was doing my washing, making my lunch for college, getting ready for bed, making my breakfast in the mornings. I always managed to find even just five minutes to listen to it.I didn't get confused or distracted, I managed to follow along with it like I would if I'd been reading it. And I remember walking somewhere listen to it, and just getting so wrapped up the story that I was smiling, laughing, and I got so lost in the story that I hadn't realized I was almost at my destination.The Spies That Bind was so lovely, and sweet. It was amazing to get to know how the girls first met, and find out how their first week at The Gallagher Academy went.It was a sweet little story about some young girls starting school, but it's The Gallagher Academy so the story doesn't stay so sweet for long.
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  • Lis Carey
    January 1, 1970
    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 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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  • Alex Shrugged
    January 1, 1970
    This is so cute! I loved it. It is about a middle school for girls who wish to become spies. It is also a prequel to the Gallagher Girls series.The Story: The Gallagher Girls story begins with the founder, a young girl named Gallagher who saved the life of President Abraham Lincoln. Since then, The Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women was established to give girls the skills they will need become real spies. In this prequel to the series, Mrs. Morgan spy has lost her husband and comes t This is so cute! I loved it. It is about a middle school for girls who wish to become spies. It is also a prequel to the Gallagher Girls series.The Story: The Gallagher Girls story begins with the founder, a young girl named Gallagher who saved the life of President Abraham Lincoln. Since then, The Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women was established to give girls the skills they will need become real spies. In this prequel to the series, Mrs. Morgan spy has lost her husband and comes to the school with her daughter, Cammie, to become the head of the school. Cammie, of course, is having trouble fitting in. No one seems to notices her at the spy school, and she thinks this is a bad thing. She learns better later.Any problems with the story? There are the usual problems with introducing characters after most readers will have already read one or more books in the series. Some of the situations the girls get into are improbable, but then again... ITS A MIDDLE SCHOOL FOR SPIES! I suspended my disbelief and just had fun.Any modesty problems? It depends on what you think a proper role for young ladies is. For me, I'm not taking ANY of this seriously, so everything is fine.I bought this audiobook on sale as a lark. I'm glad I did. I am looking into other books in the series.FYI, if you are looking for cute stories like this, I suggest reading "The School for Good and Evil" by Soman Chainani. I loved the series.
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  • Theodora Cristea
    January 1, 1970
    so charming! if you’ve never read a gallagher girls book before, this is quite a good foray into the series! it shows you how ridiculous but wholesome it is, how incredibly entertaining and fun it is, and just how heartfelt and empowering a story about teenage girls going to spy school can be. if you’re already a fan of the series and know the growth and development each and every character goes through, this little story is a wonderful exercise in nostalgia that will probably make your heart wa so charming! if you’ve never read a gallagher girls book before, this is quite a good foray into the series! it shows you how ridiculous but wholesome it is, how incredibly entertaining and fun it is, and just how heartfelt and empowering a story about teenage girls going to spy school can be. if you’re already a fan of the series and know the growth and development each and every character goes through, this little story is a wonderful exercise in nostalgia that will probably make your heart warm and happy. it’s nowhere near as complex as some of the later books in the series are, nor is it supposed to be! it serves its purpose wonderfully and while it may be a bit corny, i’m so invested in these characters that i can’t bring myself to fault it.rebecca soler does a wonderful job with the narration! she manages to capture the voices of these 12 year old without making them sound juvenile, and gives the adults just enough depth to show that there’s more underneath. she gives the story just the right touch of wonder! this is a short audiobook that, in all, is a charming little experience, and gives you a taste of what’s to come in the rest of the gallagher girls series! definitely recommend listening to it in one go, and as it is an audible originals pick for january, i’d say go right ahead and listen to it. if nothing else, you’ll have a good time!
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  • David
    January 1, 1970
    This was cute. Juvenile, told in the breathless voice of the 12-year-old narrator, but fun in a Disney movie kind of way.I have not read any of the YA books that this novelette is apparently a prequel to. Cammie Morgan is the daughter of two spies, so she gets to go to The Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women, which is kind of like an American Hogwarts except instead of becoming a witch, you become a spy.Realism is right out the window here - all the various intelligence agencies have " This was cute. Juvenile, told in the breathless voice of the 12-year-old narrator, but fun in a Disney movie kind of way.I have not read any of the YA books that this novelette is apparently a prequel to. Cammie Morgan is the daughter of two spies, so she gets to go to The Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women, which is kind of like an American Hogwarts except instead of becoming a witch, you become a spy.Realism is right out the window here - all the various intelligence agencies have "super spies" who send their daughters to an elite, secret academy where they get to learn to be super spies too. (I wonder where they send their sons? Maybe that's addressed in the series.)Cammie has all the usual 12-year-old girl hangups and fears, fitting in as the new kid, making friends, having to deal with her super-genius roommate, her super-gorgeous British roommate (yeah, of course there's an exchange student whose parents are MI6), her Alpha Bitch rival, teachers who are scary but actually just there to help and teach them, and there are some hijinks with lasers and secret passages, of course, but basically it's about establishing a group of friends who are going to become spies. 'Cause that's what the children of civil servants working for intelligence agencies do, become little 12-year-old Jane Bonds.
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  • Ellen
    January 1, 1970
    YAY! Another Gallagher Girl book - this time an Audible exclusive! Do I wish I had known ahead of time that it was going to be available for FREE with January's member rewards? Sure. Am I still glad I have it even though I paid for it? YES.I've said it before and I will say it again, I will read anything Ally Carter writes about the Gallagher Girls or Heist Society (more please...) I knew this would be short, just a teaser really that will get me all ramped up for rereading the series again (mis YAY! Another Gallagher Girl book - this time an Audible exclusive! Do I wish I had known ahead of time that it was going to be available for FREE with January's member rewards? Sure. Am I still glad I have it even though I paid for it? YES.I've said it before and I will say it again, I will read anything Ally Carter writes about the Gallagher Girls or Heist Society (more please...) I knew this would be short, just a teaser really that will get me all ramped up for rereading the series again (mission accomplished.) In fact the only reason it doesn't get a full 5 stars is just because it is so short and "behind the scenes" I wish there was just a bit more to it.I loved hearing the girls' voices again and Carter certainly did a bang-up job recapturing not just the characters, but remembered the innocence that comes before all their adventures in the later books. It will flow seamlessly into book #1 without a problem.I also mention in every review that I'd love to see Ally Carter do a spin-off series at Blackthorne Academy. Spy guys. Yes, please.
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  • Bob
    January 1, 1970
    I accepted this title because it was free as a part of audible.com's generous and greatly appreciated Audible Original program. Plus, I am always glad for something short to take my mind off the drudgery of the treadmill. This was correctly disclosed to be kid lit, but I thought I'd listen to it to see whether it might be something to recommend to my eleven grandchildren. I had no expectation of being greatly entertained for my own sake.My disappointment isn't because it doesn't rise to the leve I accepted this title because it was free as a part of audible.com's generous and greatly appreciated Audible Original program. Plus, I am always glad for something short to take my mind off the drudgery of the treadmill. This was correctly disclosed to be kid lit, but I thought I'd listen to it to see whether it might be something to recommend to my eleven grandchildren. I had no expectation of being greatly entertained for my own sake.My disappointment isn't because it doesn't rise to the level of Tom Clancy in terms of intrigue. It's more because it strikes me as a shameless mashup of Hogwarts meets Sky High. In fact, a couple of the characters seem to be thinly veiled ripoffs of Professor McGonagall and Draco Malfoy. If this is, as I suspect it might be, the origin story for a book series set around the future adventures of these characters, I might be surprised to discover the stories become more interesting, but can't recommend this one on its own merits.
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  • Alan
    January 1, 1970
    Review of the Audible Studios audiobook released June 2018This was one of the free Audible Originals for January 2019 and, although YA books are not my regular reading, it was of more interest to me than the others, except for the theatrical recording of Harry Clarke With Bonus Performance: Lillian, as it was at least in the cozy suspense & spy genre which I often do enjoy. That being said this was a reasonable prequel for its spy kids school series as it mixed in the universal feelings of u Review of the Audible Studios audiobook released June 2018This was one of the free Audible Originals for January 2019 and, although YA books are not my regular reading, it was of more interest to me than the others, except for the theatrical recording of Harry Clarke With Bonus Performance: Lillian, as it was at least in the cozy suspense & spy genre which I often do enjoy. That being said this was a reasonable prequel for its spy kids school series as it mixed in the universal feelings of uncertainty that all people have in a new environments with themes of bonding with new friends and coping with "mean girls."
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  • Deidra
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars...I do round up lolI enjoyed this audiobook. I got it because it was free AND to fulfill a challenge for a GR group. The plot was cool but not that different from The Worst Witch on Netflix... It's a prestigious spy school for girls and the MC is a legacy. I took off 1.5 stars because I felt that the 12 y/o's in this book were unrealistically mature in thought and speech. They were entering a middle school type setting and I think it would have been more believable if it had been high 3.5 stars...I do round up lolI enjoyed this audiobook. I got it because it was free AND to fulfill a challenge for a GR group. The plot was cool but not that different from The Worst Witch on Netflix... It's a prestigious spy school for girls and the MC is a legacy. I took off 1.5 stars because I felt that the 12 y/o's in this book were unrealistically mature in thought and speech. They were entering a middle school type setting and I think it would have been more believable if it had been high school freshmen. With all that said, I liked it! Was a nice quick listen while doing chores and web surfing.
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