Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Will Practice Be Enough for Ben?

Ben Ripley is at home, minding his own business, when he gets a visit from a man named Alexander Hale from the CIA. He tells Ben that he'll be going to spy school to hone his craft because of his promising skills. Ben can’t quite figure out how the CIA knows anything about him, but he knows he's exceptionally good with numbers, so he packs his bags and heads to his new school. Who wouldn’t be excited about attending a special school for the coolest of the cool? As soon as Ben gets there he finds the school being sabotaged by enemies with weapons, and he instantly needs to learn how to protect himself. Thank goodness he runs into Erica, who proves to be an amazing spy trained in more ways than Ben can even imagine. When he finds out Alexander Hale wasn’t completely honest with him and learns that his life is in danger, he'll have some tough decisions to make. Will Ben stay at spy school? Why was he selected for such a special school? Who can he trust? One thing is for sure, life just became a whole lot more dangerous. Read this intriguing book to find out what is going on!


Spy School by Stuart Gibbs was the first book I've read by this author, and I thought it was great. I would recommend this book to kids between the ages of nine and thirteen. It has a few bad words that might be a problem for some people (just a warning). I liked trying to figure out who Ben should trust and who he should stay away from. Lots of clues to piece together! It's always fun to try to solve a mystery! Adventure and action can be found on every page, so it's a wonderful book to keep kids reading. I learned a lot about being a spy and it is way more way work than I realized! I look forward to reading Spy Camp.

Has anyone else read Spy School? Or have you read another book by Stuart Gibbs? We’d love to hear your thoughts!

Happy Reading!
~L

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32 comments:

  1. No, I haven't read this, but I edited a book for a client that was similar in concept. Definitely a fun read.

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    1. Kelly- This is definitely a fun genre. :) ~L

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  2. I haven't read this, but it sounds like an interesting story. Will have to mention it to my niece and nephew too. Thanks for the tip! :)

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    1. Karen- It was a great read. I hope your niece and nephew enjoy it if they read it. :) ~L

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  3. Sounds like a really fun read! Who wouldn't want to go to a school like that? :)

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    1. Meradeth- It definitely sounds like an exciting school! :) ~L

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  4. I'm loving the idea of spy school, it sounds like such a fun read.

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    1. Tracy- It was definitely fun and exciting. :) ~L

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  5. The cover kind of reminds me of Nate The Great!

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  6. This sounds like a fun book. I haven't read it, but will probably look for it. Thanks for the review.

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    1. You are welcome, Rosi! It was definitely a unique read. :) ~L

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  7. I always wondered if I was a twelve-year old boy at heart LOL. This book sounds great!

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    1. Carol- Lol. :) It is a great book! ~L

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    1. Editors at Work- It is lots of fun. :) ~L

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    1. Sherrie- The cover is definitely memorable. :) ~L

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  10. What a great premise...a James Bond thriller for adolescents. The idea of being a spy has always intrigued me and I'm sure a lot of kids find it fascinating. Good review!

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    1. Anna Marie- Well said! I think most of have wanted to be a spy at some point in our lives. :) ~L

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  11. This sounds like such a cute and fun story.

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    1. TBM- A fun story with lots of adventure! :) ~L

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  12. I haven't heard of this book before, but it sounds really cool! I love spy-type novels. Thanks for the review!

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    1. Cherie- You are welcome. I very much enjoyed reading about the spy school and the adventures taking place there.. :) ~L

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  13. Sounds like a hilarious read! The title already made me smile. Very cute cover, too. I might have been interested in enrolling in this school when I was Ben's age.

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    1. Claudine- I bet there are a lot of kids who would like to apply for spy school. :) ~L

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  14. An espionage twist on Harry Potter? Sounds like fun.

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    1. The Armchair Squid- I enjoyed it! Lots of fun. :) ~L

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  15. I like the idea of a girl inventor. I'm glad Margo enjoyed this one. She sound precious. :)

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    1. Molly- The story of The Most Magnificent Thing is wonderful. The girl is such a hardworking inventor- you will love the story. :) ~F

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