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Spy School (Spy School #1)

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Can a normal, average kid become a superstar secret agent? Maybe not, but it’ll be fun to watch him try!Ben Ripley may only be in middle school, but he’s already pegged his dream job: C.I.A. or bust. Unfortunately for him, his personality doesn’t exactly scream “secret agent.” In fact, Ben is so awkward, he can barely get to school and back without a mishap. Because of his ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published March 6th 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Juan Santiago
Don't give up on this series and don't judge a book by it's cover (babyish) The books do get better, Spy Camp that is book 2 is closer and more like Alex Rider and Jason Steed books.

Spy School is still good, but not good enough to put it on the top lists, however get book2 that is called Spy Camp, that is wicked you will be very glad you read Spy School first.

It's about Ben Ripley who gets taken away to become a spy and so he attends, ??? Yep a Spy School, lol. At the school they try to kill hi
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Harry Routhaug
The Spy School books and the jason Steed books are the best spy books, they are very real life. I hope Mr Gibbs writes a book 3 in this series.
Rachel
This message will self destruct in approximately 30 seconds. Meet Ripley. Ben Ripley. He thought spy school was going to be all fancy clothes, exotic places, and crazy cool weapons. He was only sorta right. See, at 12 years old, Ben is a truly gifted mathematician. So, he knows that exactly 4,583 days after his twelfth birthday, secret agent Alexander Hale recruited him to the Academy of Espionage for the Central Intelligence Agency, the CIA. He also knows that it is awfully suspicious to recrui ...more
Wayne Tousley
Good book, I liked Spy Camp a little better as there was more action, but still a good book and I gave it 5 stars. Our of all the spy kid books this is probably in 3rd place with Theodore Boone Kid lawyer, first place is the Jason Steed series. Alex Rider is close behind, Cherub was ok but lots of swearing. back to Spy School, okay a good book, Ben Ripley is brilliant at math and goes to a spy school his parents thinks it is just a school for gifted kids.
Jnase1
I would have given it four stars had there not have been useless cussing in the book (one "damn" and three occurrences of "ass"). It's really too bad,too, 'cause it would be a great mystery/action/adventure book, otherwise. What young reader wouldn't love a good spy novel, especially when the main character is a young boy? Such a shame!
Heather
The local librarian handed us this book (along with _Dead Guy Spy_) after she stubbornly argued that--just because of his gender--my son would not like _Harriet the Spy_. I still want to revisit Harriet, but I have to admit the librarian was right that this page-turner would be a better fit for my son. His reading level is a year ahead of his grade in school (just finished 2nd), so it's difficult to find reading material that's a challenge but avoids content above his maturity level. This book h ...more
Tristan
Spy School 5/31/12
By Stuart Gibbs




Spy School, a Mystery/Action-Adventure book is about a kid named Ben Ripley, who is a nerd. He is sent to a school to be trained as a CIA agent. The problem is that Ben is horrible at being a spy.
But just when he thought he hated spy school, an assassin tries to kill
Him.
Now Ben tries to solve the case on his own. But there might be a bigger problem then an assassin, there might be a bomb under the school.
Be starts working with Erica, a fellow student.
Aft
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Sarah (TotalTeenFiction)
This review was originally posted here on TotalTeenFiction

I was standing in the queue for the checkout machine at the library when the cover of this book caught my eye from the "quick choice" shelf. "Spy School? That's sounds so cool!" - were pretty much my thoughts upon seeing it. I scanned tagline ("Can an undercover nerd become a superstar secret agent?") and read the first few pages and knew I had to take it out there and then. Spy School tells the story of thirteen year old Ben Ripley who a
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Kate M
Ben Ripley was a normal kid until he got transferred to St. Smithen's Science Academy for Boys and Girls -in the middle of the school year. It turns out, the science school is actually a spy school called the CIA Academy of Espionage. Shortly after he got in, he almost got assassinated in the middle of the night and the headmaster,as well as the CIA, figure out there is a mole in the school. It is up to Ben to find the mole before it is to late.

After I made it though first few chapters of "Spy
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Mark Baker
Ben is delighted when the CIA asks him to join an elite spy school. But when his life is endangered within hours of arriving on campus, he begins to rethink things. Can he stay alive long enough to find out who wants to kill him? Yes, the book is aimed at kids, but I had a blast reading it. The story moved quickly with some good twists, and I really liked Ben.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
Michele
My cards on the table: Stuart Gibbs' Spy School is a lot of fun. It's a fun read and even though its target audience is children 8 to 12, there's enough there to interest adults.

Spy School is the story of Benjamin Ripley, a 12 year old boy who has a knack at math. He is visited by a secret agent who invites Ben to join the CIA Academy of Espionage. He excitedly accepts and his parents approve his attending an elite "science school" across the river in Washington DC. From the moment he enter the
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QuocAnh
Benjamin Ripley is a teenage boy with extraordinary math skills whose dream job is to be a top secret spy agent. When he is accepted into a “science school” which is actually just a cover for a super totally awesome spy academy, Ben is psyched about it. Until he meets the incompetent teachers, and the lousy school thats just like all the other low budget schools. Ben learns that being a spy isn’t just about having fancy clothes, crazy cool weapons, and going to exotic places. On the verge of qui ...more
Manning
Perfect book for a 12 or 13 year old boy. It has non-stop hilarious action. And, it also has a vey surprising ending. Please read!
Andrew
BEST BOOK EVER!!!! This book kept me entertained for about a day so it is somewhat short compared to maybe something like "Harry Potter". This book is great for young readers or at least it would be if not for the unnecessary cussing as it downgrades the over all kid factor of the book. But through the potty talk Stewart Gibbs has managed to write an amazing book. I can't wait for Spy Camp to be ordered by my library. Over all this book is a must read for any spy loving teen who can stand throug ...more
Dolly
This is an entertaining and acton-packed story about an unwitting new student to spy school. Unfortunately, I didn't finish it before I had to return it to the library, and then I had to wait three months before we were able to borrow it again. Certainly poor planning on my part, but I had no idea it was that popular.

Once I got it, I was able to finish the book in a day (and that includes rereading most of what I'd already read because it had been so long.) It's a fast read and a dramatic, actio
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Samantha
Middle schooler Ben Ripley is a math wiz who has big dreams for his future. He wants to work for the CIA. Sadly his personality is more clumsy geek than James Bond. Things seem to be looking up for Ben when he is swept away to a science magnet school that is really a super-secret CIA training ground for gifted middle and high school students. Was Ben chosen because of his incredible math skills or his knack for martial arts (which are nonexistent, by the way)? Not at all. Instead he was chosen b ...more
Diana
review submitted to School Library Journal--
Ben Ripley, self described nerdy math genius, receives a mysterious summons to join the Spy School,a secret recruitment arm of the CIA. Since his life’s ambition is to become a spy, he is thrilled by the offer. But once at the school, Ben finds it to be a very different sort of place than any other. His introduction and initial assessment upon arrival involves ninjas, flying bullets, and Erica, the most beautiful girl he has ever seen. His first encoun
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Ms. Yockey
School Library Journal (February 1, 2012)
Gr 5-8-Ben Ripley, a 12-year-old math genius, receives a mysterious summons to join the Academy of Espionage, a secret recruitment arm of the CIA. Since his life's ambition is to become a spy, he is thrilled by the offer, but his first day is hardly what he expected. It involves ninjas, flying bullets, and Erica, the most beautiful girl he has ever seen. A fellow student asks him to hack into the computer mainframe for him because the rumor mill says that
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Joyce
Jan 07, 2013 Joyce rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 9th
Spy School
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2012, 291pp, $ 15.99
Stuart Gibbs
ISBN 978-1-4424-2182-0

“Bing Bong Bing Bong...” I was watching a fantastic spy gun shooting against his enemies. As I thought, and I believed most people did the same way. But sometimes things are not what you think they are. Ben Ripley, a 12-year-old agent, who knew nothing about using any powerful weapons or strategies for defending himself while being aiming as a target for the assassins. Was he a good s
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J
I thought that this book was very exicting . The storyline was also super clear to me. It went from a kid named Murray a kid that Brian could trust to a kid that him and his (girlfriend) are trying to kill. Also his true love who is named Erica is also his best friend. He is being protected by the CIA because someone is tring to kill him.
Lena
This book was interesting because my brother came home and he had this book. That night I just picked it up and started reading it! It was amazing my whole family loves to read we are readaholics. So for the next couple days Palmer and I kept stealing it from each other and reading when the other was away. We were done in a couple of days and we could not stop talking about it! We had both also read Belly Up which we both enjoyed also. Ben's story was awesome and I loved Erica. I liked how deep ...more
Ethan
I thought that this was an amazing book. Though it wasn't exactly the kind of book that I had expected. Spy School is more of a complete action and battle scenes book than a actual "spy" story. I assumed it would be about kids chasing a bad guy and then using some kind of computer program to expel them from the area. Instead the kids just attacked the "bad guy" and imprisoned them through sheer force. I also thought that there really wasn't any suspense because I knew the organization had high-t ...more
carter Edwards
I like this book because theirs a lot of action and fighting.
Danny
Spy School is simply a really light, funny novel. At first the writing seemed a bit too plain but the book soon shapes up to be a great adventure with endearing characters. Erica's age changes from 15 to 14 in the book but apart from that anomaly I love the detail. There were several quotable moments that made me laugh when I read them. The mystery was what a junior fiction mystery book should be like with twists, challenges and misdirection. The character interactions felt real and Ben was a li ...more
Ellie Cooper
I loved this book!!!
Alyssa
My cards on the table: Stuart Gibbs' Spy School is a lot of fun. It's a fun read and even though its target audience is children 8 to 12, there's enough there to interest adults.

Spy School is the story of Benjamin Ripley, a 12 year old boy who has a knack at math. He is visited by a secret agent who invites Ben to join the CIA Academy of Espionage. He excitedly accepts and his parents approve his attending an elite "science school" across the river in Washington DC. From the moment he enter the
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Teresa Scherping
Benjamin Ripley is shocked to come home after school and find a strange man in a suit waiting for him in his living room. The man is a CIA agent and has come to tell Ben that he's been accepted into the top-secret Academy of Espionage, a school that trains young people to be spies for the United States. Ben is incredulous that he's qualified to become a spy, but he's also super excited by the idea of being the next James Bond. Little does he know what lies ahead of him. Not only is he under atta ...more
Hannah Anderle
May 03, 2015 Hannah Anderle rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Boys (age 10-12)
Recommended to Hannah by: Brother
Read this book because my little brother had purchased it and I was like, why not? Even though it's written for ages 8-12, it is still a fun read and had a lot more depth than I was expecting. It has elements of mystery, suspense, excitement, and humor--all wrapped up in one nice little book. It can be a bit cheesy at times, but again, it's not written for adults.

The main character, Ben Ripley, is accepted to the CIA's Academy of Espionage, or is he? He is clumsy, but has impressive math skills.
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Garrett Morris
The book Spy School is an interesting book, especially for teenagers because it is narrated by a teenager going through the story mostly confused and horrible out classed. The narrator’s name is Ben Ripley who “applied” to spy school with him going onto the CIA’s website multiple times. In the book it is stated by one of the spies, “When you express interest in the CIA, the CIA becomes interested in you.” (4) With this saying it “proves” that the CIA watches people, at least, in the book to the ...more
Angus Manion
I read spy school be Stuart Gibbs. Ben Ripley is recruited to join spy school which is a school that trains spies and ben ripley goes there and on his first night an assassin comes into his room to kill him but he hits him with a tennis racket and he leaves. Ben meets a girl named Erica who is a really good spy. Ben is brought in as bait to catch an enemy organization named SPYDER. There is a mole in the school and they try to catch the mole because they think that they have something to do with ...more
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“Welcome back, Ben,” Erica said. I started in surprise before realizing the voice was coming from inside my head. Alexander had slipped a two-way radio into my ear. There were lots of people out and about. The enemy had taken my cell phone, but I put my hand to my ear and pretended to be talking on one anyhow. No one gave me a second glance. Virtually everyone else was on a cell phone themselves. “Can you hear me?” I asked. “Loud and clear,” Erica replied. “Where are you?” “Still on campus, looking into things. But I need you to tail someone for me.” “Chip?” “No. I think he’s clean.” “What? But—” “I’ll explain later. Right now I need you to go after Tina. She’s the mole . . . and she’s on the move.” 6 likes
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