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 the author of “Audrey, Wait!”, “The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May & June”, and the AKA series. My latest book “Going Rogue” was released on January 14, 2014. I live in Los Angeles with my extremely stubborn shih tzu, Hudson. I like cooking, puppies, and coffee, but not in that order. We should be friends.
Top 10 Songs on iTunes Shuffle
So I thought this would be a fun opportunity to go through my iTunes collection, hit shuffle, and see which ten songs pop up first. Are you ready? This could either be wonderful or a mortifying disaster. (You know there’s an NSYNC b-side that’s just waiting to show up.)
Let’s do this.
1. Patty Griffin, “Be Careful”
What a great start! (Thank goodness.) I love Patty Griffin and I used to listen to this song a lot when I was writing “The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May & June.” But if you’re not listening to Patty, you should fix that immediately. She’s wonderful.
2. Frightened Rabbit, “Good Arms vs. Bad Arms”
LOOOOOVE this guys! I forgot how much I like this song! I have a feeling I’m going to have to make a new playlist after this experiment is over.
3. Regina Spektor, “20 Years of Snow”
Oh, Regina. Light of my musical life. It’s funny that this song has “snow” in the title because I’m currently sitting in my dining room, where there’s no insulation or central heat. In other words, I’m freezing to death and can’t feel my fingers. Send help.
4. The Beatles, “Back in the USSR”
My band! The Beatles are my all-time favorite band so I’m so happy that one of their songs made this list! Chair dancing as I type this. The dog is eyeing me warily.
5. Explosions in the Sky, “So Long, Lonesome”
Show of hands, who can’t help but think of “Friday Night Lights” right now? East Texas skies, football players, shattered dreams, renewed hopes? And Tim Riggins? I think I have to rewatch this entire series again.
(Also, this whole experiment is going very well so far. I’m wary.)
6. Dolly Parton, “Jolene”
DOLLY! MY FAVORITE! I just love how she’s created this awesome career for herself, on her own terms, and doesn’t apologize for it. Plus, she’s SO talented. You should listen to her cover of “Silver Dagger” if you want to be impressed.
7. The Psychedelic Furs, “Heartbreak Beat”
80s music will always have a solid place in my heart. I have a whole playlist dedicated to this genre. If you’re a 90s kid, you have no idea the glory that you missed. And the neon. You missed a lot of neon, too.
8. Sigur Ros, “Agaetis Byrjun”
True confession time: I didn’t even realize that I had this song on my iTunes! But I do love Sigur Ros and the fact that they literally have made entire albums without using actual words. Why can’t I do that as a YA writer?I think it’d be a new trend. (Note: I’m kidding.)
9. M83, “Couleurs”
So this is probably my least favorite song on “Saturdays = Youth” but THAT’S OKAY. In fact, now that I’m listening to it again, I can’t help but think this would be really great on the soundtrack for “Going Rogue.” Hmmm.
10. Cobra Starship, “Good Girls Go Bad”
Well, we all know this was going to happen sooner or later. My guilty pleasure pop song has reared its head. And here’s my issue with this song: When Leighton “Why’d you pick Chuck over Dan?” Meester sings, “I was hanging in the corner with my five best friends,” I can’t help but think, “Who has five best friends?” You know at least two of them are not her best friends. They’re probably just casual acquaintances, but that doesn’t sound as cool. Oh, pop music. Never change.