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Spy School

(Spy School #1)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  9,650 ratings  ·  877 reviews
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
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published March 6th 2012 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Jan 23, 2013 rated it liked it
I would have given it four stars had there not have been useless cussing in the book (one "damn" and three occurrences of "ass"). I think 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? I just don’t see the point in adding in cussing if It doesn’t really add anything to the storyline, but is only used for shock value.
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is great! A man shows up at a young boys house, tells him he is special and there is a special school for him. Not Harry Potter.
Nope, its a school to train young kids to become spies for CIA, NSA and the rest of the alphabet.
Our hero is pretty excited, even though he can’t tell anyone. But the surprise twist is how dangerous this school is. They use real bullets sometimes and all the pretty people are masters in a variety of marshal arts. And then there are bombs!
Yep, might wanna
Apr 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Rose R
Sep 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: third-nine-weeks
The book Spy School is about a thirteen year old boy named Ben Ripley who gets recruited to be a spy. He meets this girl named Erica and already he likes her. He thinks he is going to be all like James Bond but boy is he wrong. His first night there somebody sneaks in his room and tries to kill him. Ben ends up finding out that he is on a mission. He finds put that there is a mole and an evil organization named SPYDER targeting him. Ben and Erica work together to find the mole and stop the SPYDE ...more
Sep 22, 2018 rated it liked it
The storyline wasn't new but the characters were cool. It was the same comedy action spy story the movies like "Jhonny English" or "The Kingsman" feed us, but the protagonist was a 12-year old boy!
Jun 28, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Sam L
Nov 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
I gave this book 4 out of five stars because I just wasn't my type of book, but I still enjoyed it. It starts off with a 12 year old boy named Nick that comes home from school and there is a spy on his couch. He goes with the spy to spy school.on his first night an assassin comes into his room while he is sleeping and almost kills him. Nick fought him off and called for help. No one believes him that there was an assassin. Later in the book, Nick figures out that he is the bait for the school, r ...more
Ms. Yingling
Mar 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Ben is surprised when he is recruited by the CIA to go to their Academy of Espionage, which is cleverly disguised as a geeky science academy because aside from some cryptography skills, he's not that smart. Turns out that he has been brought in as bait-- the word is put out that he invented a special code, and people start coming after him. The daughter of the man who recruited him, Erica, tells him that all is not as it seems at the school, and there is a mole that must be found. Of course, if ...more
Aug 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Madalyn Brand
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Connor M
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A great book with a very interesting topic.
Emily Ann
Oct 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Actual rating: 3.7/5.0

Preread: Thoughts...."Okay so, I need a funny pick me up." Actions.... Looks at this book "You've been on my shelf for awhile." Flips through. "I will read you!"

So yes, I chose to read this book because it was sitting on my shelf. I was actually surprised by it! Let's break it down shall we?

I didn't think this book would be great. I didn't think this book would be awful. Turns out that's exactly what this book was. I enjoyed the main characters sass quite a lot, and foun
Nicole Otting
Dec 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book kept me interested the whole time. Ben Ripley is admitted into spy school and immediately encounters danger on his very first night. As a reader it makes you wonder who's behind all the mayhem and just when you think you know the answer, another twist comes up.

The only thing I didn't care for was the 5 or 6 cuss words throughout the story. Granted they are minor words and if this was simply for me, I wouldn't think anything of it but I will definitely have to notify the parents of my
Kat Canavan
Sep 19, 2014 rated it did not like it
I didn't like this book. The main character (Ben) does nothing! He sits around fibbing that he has talent! The book is very boring until finally over 3/4 into the book stuff STARTS to happen. For a spy book I was expecting more action, less randomness. I would not recommend this book to anybody, and I have no idea why it is a nutmeg!
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
awsome,awsome,awsome,awsome,awsome,awsome,awsome,awsome,awsome,awsome,awsome,awsome,awsome,awsome,awsome,awsome,awsome,awsome,awsome,awsome,awsome,awsome,awsome,awsome,awsome,awsome,awsome,awsome,awsome,awsome,awsome,awsome,awsome,awsome,awsome,awsome,awsome,awsome,awsome,awsome,awsome,awsome,awsome,awsome,awsome,awsome,awsome,awsome,awsome,awsome,awsome,awsome,awsome,awsome,awsome,awsome,awsome,awsome,awsome,awsome,awsome,awsome,awsome,awsome,awsome,awsome,awsome,awsome,awsome,awsome,awsome,aws ...more
Colona Public Library
Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: april, junior-fiction
This was such a great book for that weird age group of kids that have no interest in reading anything. Stuart Gibbs made this book very exciting. Ben Ripley is a loner and outcast at his middle school, one day when he comes home from school a man is waiting for him in the living room. He claims he works for the CIA and is recruiting him for a special spy school. Ben has always been gifted in math, and the CIA want to prep him to join them when he graduates spy school. Once there he was to use hi ...more
John Kim
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of the best series books I've ever read. This book was so exciting. I really recommend it to fantasy and mystery(crime) lovers. I am reading the second book right now.
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
this book was very good if you are the kind of person that likes schools that are out of the ordinary. if you are a fan of the harry potter series, read this book
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Have you ever seen all those spy movies? James Bond, Mission Impossible, Jason Bourne because real spying is nothing like that. When 12 year old Ben Ripley gets accepted into the Academy of Espionage, or Spy School, in the middle of his grade 7 year he is excited. Unfortunately, everyone else thinks that he is going to a boring old science school. when he goes he is excited when he arrives not so much. He faces problems on the first day such as being attacked as a first exam and getting attacked ...more
Feb 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is about a 12 years old boy name ben Ripley. He had an invitation to go to the CIA for school called spy school. His parents thought that his on a science school but his really in spy school. He met friends and also enemies that tried to kick him out of the school. One night an assassin tried to kill him and he reported it to the principal but the principal can't do anything because they don't have evidence from the assassin. Ben likes a girl from the spy school and the girl is helping ...more
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Dec 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Andrew D
Dec 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 3rd-nine-weeks
If it was possible I would give the book SPY SCHOOL ten out of five stars. That just shows how amazing this book is, this book has everything you could ever want in a great book, both adventure and comedy. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone.
Spy School is a book about this ordinary guy named Ben Ripley being accepted in to a spy training academy. Now anyone would think that would be awesome... including him, but the day he actually got there was what he thinks is the worst deci
Jason F
Dec 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Spy School is about Ben Ripley a nobody at his school. until a CIA agent shows up at his house. He gets sent to a spy school who knows where. meanwhile his parents think he's at some science school. The first week was rough. first he gets attacked by an assassin then attacked by ninjas. he meets two bully's Chip and Hauser. one day while their playing paintball he sees chip and Hauser wonder off. he follows them underground and the next thing he sees is a huge bomb right underneath the school. I ...more
Lenni Jones
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I've ever read by Stuart Gibbs, and he's now my favorite author. This book was so funny, I just had to read more. Reading this a second time was still just as fun, even if I remembered what would happen. I even got my DAD hooked on this book. I love this book like you would not believe, and I love how funny it is. I laughed even when I wasn't reading it because I was thinking of something from it. Best author ever!!!
Feb 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-with-n
Read with my kiddo who enjoyed the humor and adventure. There is some mild language but it's in context, doesn't detract from the story, is not excessive, and - quite frankly - made my son giggle to hear me read it out loud.

Great book for reluctant readers.
Jeremy S
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, sam
This was an awesome book. I was reading it to my little guy and it is surprisingly well written! I didn't know what to expect but definitely a good read. We are excited for the rest of the series.
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really liked the book a lot. The thrill in the mystery part is so good, I couldn't put the book down. I also couldn't stop laughing at some parts.
Gerda Fiske
Jan 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book has so many action packed and hilarious scenes! I couldn't put it down!
Alex Van Veld
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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