Spy School Series

Spy School (Spy School #1)Spy School
by Stuart Gibbs
Grades 3 & up

Ben comes home from 7th grade one day to find a man dressed like James Bond in his living room. It seems that Ben has been recruited for a super secret spy training school run by the CIA. He can’t tell anyone where he is going — not his parents, not his best friend. They think he is going to a science boarding school. From the moment that Ben walks into his school it is not what he expected. First, everyone seems to think he has mad cryptography skills. Second, he keeps being attacked. While some are tests by the school, there also are real assassins out to get him for these skills he doesn’t actually have. Thankfully Erica, a very smart and savvy third year, takes him under her wing as she begins to unravel the hows and whys of Ben’s showing up at the school. Full of twists, double-crossing, and non-stop action, Spy School will keep readers on the edge of their seats and wishing that they could go there too! Recommended for grade 3 & up.

Spy Camp (Spy School #2)Spy Camp
by Stuart Gibbs
Grades 3 & up

Ben Ripley has just made it through seventh grade at Spy School and is looking forward to a summer at home when he learns that he has to attend the mandatory Spy Camp. This is wilderness training at its finest. Unfortunately, as soon as he arrives, Ben is issued another ultimatum from SPYDER — join them or die. When Ben is evacuated for his own safety, SPDYER strikes. Luckily Erica Hale is there again to save the day. Building off of the action in the first book, they must not only save Ben and rescue their classmates, but once again defeat the ubiquitous SPYDER. Non-stop action interspersed with amusing dialogue make this book a sure winner. Recommended for grades 3 & up. It is important to read the series in order.

(Note: I was uncomfortable with the implied references to Native Americans and the fact that the bad guy’s last name was Hallal.)

Evil Spy SchoolEvil Spy School
by Stuart Gibbs
Grades 3 & up

When Ben is expelled due to a mishap on the first day of his second year at Spy School, he is immediately recruited by SPYDER to attend their version of a training school. It is located in a gated community in New Jersey and is luxurious compared to the CIA’s spy school. Unfortunately for Ben, it is also full of the people he has been fighting for the past six months. This third book in the Spy School series is just as action packed and full of clever comments as the first two. You must read the series in order. Recommended for grades 3 & up.

Spy Ski School (Spy School #4)Spy Ski School
by Stuart Gibbs
Grades 4 & up

In this fourth Spy School adventure, spy-in-training Ben Ripley is once again sent out into the field. It is Winter Break of his second year at Spy School and Ben, Erica, Zoe, Warren, and Chip are skiing undercover in Vail, Colorado. A reclusive Chinese crime boss is taking his daughter skiing and Ben’s mission is to befriend her in order to find out what he is up to. Spy Ski School has as much action, adventure, double-crossing, and life and death situations as the first three, with the added bonus of the mountain setting. I enjoyed this one most of all. Please read the series in order. Recommended for grades 4 & up.

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Spy School Secret Service (Spy School, #5)Spy School Secret Service
by Stuart Gibbs
Grades 4 & up

In this fifth book in the Spy School series, Ben Ripley is again being called into active duty. Super agent Cyrus Hale is worried that SPYDER has infiltrated both the CIA and the Secret Service, so he calls on Ben to go undercover in the White House. There has been chatter about threats on the president’s life and Cyrus wants Ben to figure out who could be the possible mole in the White House. Full of the same fun antics as the first five, as well as twists, turns, and narrow escapes, this is a must read for fans of the series. I strongly suggest reading them in order. Highly recommended for grades 4 & up.

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