Not If I Save You First (Hardcover)

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There are a lot of books with kick-butt girls, who are out there fighting fiercely, swords blazing. But one where they are simply using their strength and expertise to simply survive the situation (in this case, Russian kidnappers and an Alaskan winter)? Those are rare. And Carter's new thriller, with fierce, capable Maddie who is out to save the president's son, Logan, from kidnappers (and himself) is most definitely welcome, and thoroughly enjoyed. 

— Melissa Fox

Spring 2018 Kids’ Indie Next List

“Ally Carter has done it again! I don't know how she manages to so perfectly balance a kick-ass teenage girl with just a pinch of over-the-top girliness, but she nails it every time. Basically, this can be considered a contemporary retelling of The Paper Bag Princess, where the prince is the U.S. president's son, the princess is the son's former best friend and daughter of the president's former body guard, and the dragon is a Russian operative. Oh, and the setting is winter in Alaska. And because it's Ally Carter, while the girl clearly saves the day and rescues the boy, she also ends up with the boy because teenage love conquers all. I read this in one sitting and recommend you do, too.”
— BrocheAroe Fabian, Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC


Maddie thought she and Logan would be friends forever. But when your dad is a Secret Service agent and your best friend is the president's son, sometimes life has other plans. Before she knows it, Maddie's dad is dragging her to a cabin in the middle of the Alaskan wilderness. No phone. No Internet. And not a single word from Logan. Maddie tells herself it's okay. After all, she's the most popular girl for twenty miles in any direction. (She's also the only girl for twenty miles in any direction.) She has wood to cut and weapons to bedazzle. Her life is full. Until Logan shows up six years later . . . And Maddie wants to kill him. But before that can happen, an assailant appears out of nowhere, knocking Maddie off a cliff and dragging Logan to some unknown fate. Maddie knows she could turn back- and get help. But the weather is turning and the terrain will only get more treacherous, the animals more deadly. Maddie still really wants to kill Logan. But she has to save him first.

About the Author

Ally Carter is the New York Times bestselling author of the Gallagher Girls, Heist Society, and Embassy Row series. Not If I Save You First is her first standalone novel. Her books have been published all over the world, in over 20 languages. She grew up on a farm in Oklahoma and has never caused an international incident (to her knowledge). You can visit her online at

Product Details
ISBN: 9781338134148
ISBN-10: 1338134140
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: March 27th, 2018
Pages: 304
Language: English