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Ally Carter is the pen name of Sarah Leigh Fogleman (born January 1, 1974),[1][2] an American author of young adult fiction and adult-fiction novels.

Ally Carter
BornSarah Leigh Fogleman
(1974-01-01) January 1, 1974 (age 45)
Oklahoma, US
NationalityUnited States
GenreChick lit, young adult fiction


Pen nameEdit

Fogleman chose the pen name "Ally Carter" to distinguish the books she would write under that name from her other literary work. The last name "Carter" was specifically selected so that her novels would be near those of her fellow adult fiction novelist Jenny Crusie on bookstore and library shelves.[3]


Ally Carter graduated from Oklahoma State University and Cornell University. She began her work as an author of two adult novels, Cheating at Solitaire and Learning to Play Gin. She then introduced her career to young-adult novels with the Gallagher Girls series and later developed the Heist Society series with a novella of the two series's characters called Double Crossed.

Carter's first young-adult novel was I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You, the story of a girl who goes to a prestigious spy school and falls for a normal boy who has no idea who she really is. It was selected as a Texas Lone Star reading list book for 2007-2008.[4]

The sequel to I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You, titled Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy was released in 2007 in the USA. This was the second book of the Gallagher Girls Series and was released on October 2, 2007. It chronicles the second semester of Cammie Morgan's sophomore year and her self-assigned mission against the boys who have moved into her school. Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy was on The New York Times Best Seller list for ten weeks. The first two books in the series were released in the UK with different covers and website.[5]

The third book of the Gallagher Girls series, Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover, is about Cammie's junior year where an organization called The Circle of Cavan seems to be trying to kidnap or kill Cammie's friend Macey.

Ally's first young-adult book separate from the Gallagher Girls is the start of a new young-adult series about a girl named Kat, with the title Heist Society, whose family business is thievery. Kat's father is suspected to have stolen a mafia group boss's paintings. The only way Kat can save her father is by finding who stole them and stealing them back. It was released February 9, 2010.[6]

The fourth book of the Gallagher Girls series, Only the Good Spy Young,[7] is about the aftermath of Cammie discovering that the Circle of Cavan is after her, and the discovery of her father's journal in Sublevel Two.

Ally has published a second Heist Society book called Uncommon Criminals[8][9] and the fifth Gallagher Girls book, Out of Sight, Out of Time; which was released on March 13, 2012.

The third book in the Heist Society series, Perfect Scoundrels, was released on February 5, 2013 .[10]

The 6th and final Gallagher Girls book, United We Spy, was published on September 24, 2013, detailing Cammie's final semester at the Gallagher Academy as she takes down the Circle of Cavan.


Gallagher Girls Series

  1. I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You (2006)
  2. Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy (2007)
  3. Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover (2009)
  4. Only the Good Spy Young (2010)
  5. Out of Sight, Out of Time (2012)
  6. United We Spy (2013)

Heist Society Series

  1. Heist Society (2010)
  2. Uncommon Criminals (2011)
  3. Perfect Scoundrels (2013)

Embassy Row Series

  1. All Fall Down (2015)
  2. See How They Run (2015)
  3. Take The Key And Lock Her Up (2016)

Other books

  1. Cheating At Solitaire (2005)
  2. Learning to Play Gin (2006)
  3. Not If I Save You First(2018)


  1. Double Crossed: A Spies and Thieves Story (2013)
  2. The Grift of the Magi (2016)


  1. My True Love Gave to Me (2014)


  1. ^ Griekspoor, P.J. (April 2009). "Writer says hold on to dreams" (PDF). NewsWatch. Kansas. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-10. Retrieved 2009-12-21.
  2. ^ Metcalf, Fran (April 10, 2009). "Ally Carter writes off the day job". The Courier-Mail. Brisbane. Retrieved 2009-12-21.
  3. ^ "Stories Behind The Names (cont.)". Ally's Agents Blog:Pub Rants. May 8, 2006. Archived from the original on 2007-06-09. Retrieved 2009-07-21.
  4. ^ "Lone Star Reading List 2007 - 2008" (PDF). Retrieved 2007-02-25.[dead link]
  5. ^ "Gallagher Academy".
  6. ^ "And the title of the new Kat book will be..." Ally's Diary. 9 July 2009. Archived from the original on September 7, 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-10.
  7. ^ "My final gift..." Ally's Diary. December 25, 2009. Retrieved 2010-04-07.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "Uncommon Criminals!". Ally's Diary. 2010-11-16. Archived from the original on 2011-01-01. Retrieved 2010-11-23.
  9. ^ "A whole blog of random (in bullets)". Ally's Diary. 2010-02-27. Retrieved 2010-07-16.
  10. ^ "Perfect Scoundrels: a Heist Society Novel". Ally's Diary. 2012-06-28. Retrieved 2012-07-01.

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