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Spy Camp

(Spy School #2)

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  5,827 ratings  ·  403 reviews
School may be out for summer, but top-secret training continues for aspiring spy Ben Ripley—and so does the danger.

Ben Ripley is a middle-schooler whose school is not exactly average—he’s spent the last year training to be a top-level spy and dodging all sorts of associated danger. So now that summer’s finally here, Ben’s ready to have some fun and relax. Except that’s n
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published April 2nd 2013 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
'Spy Camp' by Stuart Gibbs is the sequel to the New York Times Bestseller; 'Spy School.' The protagonist, Ben Ripley, is yet again in danger from the secret organization known as SPYDER. The book's plot is very reminiscent to me of 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.' Although 'Spy Camp' isn't fantasy or is the 7th book in the series, it reminds me of how Harry has to leave his home and adapt to new environments. Overall, I recommend the book to those who enjoyed the first one.
Tommeh Bell
Jul 24, 2013 rated it liked it
The Nitty Gritty: Ben "Smokescreen" Ripley has survived his first year at Spy School. a super secret facility tasked with educating America's future CIA operatives.

Smokescreen has planned a summer to end all summers. Basically he just wants to hang out with his best friend, play video games and dream about Erica Hale till his little heart bursts.

Too bad SPYDER is still trying to recruit Ben and he has to go to spy camp. The thought of spy camp doesn't not bode well for Be
Ellie Emmelhainz
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Ms. Yingling
Aug 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Looking forward to a summer at home after his event filled year in Spy School, Ben is dismayed to find that he only gets a weekend at home, and must go to a wilderness survival camp for the summer, along with his classmates. Also dismaying is a note from SPYDER. The group eventually demands that he join them or die, and they send Murray Hill, who is supposed to be incarcerated, to encourage him. Ben's a good guy, though, and doesn't even consider it. Things quickly go south when he is at camp, b ...more
May 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the second of three books Gibbs has written in his spy series featuring 13 year-old Benjamin Ripley. It's summer and Ben thought he would be hanging with his family and his best friend Mike, however the spy school and the super covert evil organization, SYPDER, had other plans. Ben suddenly finds himself the center of SYPDER's attention and where's a safe place to be when that happens? Why spy camp! Things quickly go south for Ben and spy student colleagues. He, Erica and superspy (not!) ...more
Mike French
Oct 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Another 5 star YA novel from Stuart Gibbs! This story is a continuation of Spy School,so you should read that one first. If you have YA readers in your house or you are young of heart this series is a MUST READ!
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great successor to the original "Spy School" book.

Overall: 8.7/10
Mar 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was way more interesting than the previous book called Spy School. That's because it was a continuation to it , but this time it's not taking place at a school but at a camp. Some readers might say that's not that different because the only thing new is that it's taking place outside of school. As you know the last book ended with the main character Ben capturing the mole in spy school, Murray Hill, with the help of his friend/classmate Erica and then it ends. But, the new story picks ...more
Jake Ruud
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I think that there was a clear theme in this book. That theme was, never think that you are safe. We see countless times as Ben is attacked by SPYDER by surprise. We see how they are attacked while they are on a bus. You just never know when they won't be attacked.
carter Edwards
Oct 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
this book is great! Because there is a lot of fighting and lots of good detail.
It is time for Spy Camp! Is Ben ready for it?

I have had this book in my possession for some time, but just didn't feel in the mood for reading it, not even while I was camping myself. Then again, given the book and how little of it is about the spy camp, I guess it is good I didn't read it during my camping time. :P

Yep, as you can see from that previous paragraph, this book is called Spy Camp, but actually just a small part of it is about the camp. Which I found highly disappointing
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Stuart Gibbs
This is the second book in the Spy School series by Stuart Gibbs. It begins at the end of the school year, as Ben expects to go home and enjoy his summer vacation.

Of course, nothing ever goes as he expects, and soon Ben is on his way to 'Happy Trails', a wilderness survival camp otherwise known as the CIA's summer school. And he immediately embarks on another adventure with his fellow student Erica Hale, trying to evade (and disrupt the plans of) the nefarious secret group, SPYDER.

With numerous
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Listening on audio is great. Interesting series. Entertaining and funny.
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is even better in terms of plots and spy mysteries.
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book very much. It has suspense,thrill and an element of surprise. With twists and turns around every corner so you better be ready for it! After school is out for the spies-in-training. Ben, expecting to see his family and friends back home, gets a rude awakening when he finds out that there is a "summer school" for spies. Meant for outdoor training, Ben must go instead of have the summer he planned. But this camp has also something unplanned. Starting with a contract from an unkno ...more
Apr 17, 2018 rated it liked it
I read the book Spy Camp by Stuart Gibbs. I gave this book a 3 out of 5 stars for its interesting topic and its cimplex story line, but also for the kind of boring structure.

Ben Ripley is a teenager that does not have a normal life. His life has constisted of fighting crime and preparing to be a cia agent. Yes, Ben is a spy. Ben goes to a super secret spy school that his friends and even his family know about. He has spent the last year training to be a top spy and on top of that having to figh
Jase B
Sep 21, 2016 added it
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12 year old Ben Ripley is spending the summer at Spy Camp, the top secret outdoor education facility of Ben's school. Instead of having a spy free vacation with his old friends and family, he has to the Wilderness Education Facility, or the WEF for short. Ben thought he was going to have a good time at Spy Camp, but after he got a secret letter from SPYDER, everything will change. SPPYDER (read to find out) offered Ben to lend SPYDER his "special skill" or be killed. The first person he turns to is Erica ...more
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Evil doesn't take breaks, so why should the good guys? In this thrilling second book in the trilogy Ben Ripley thought he would be taking a relaxing break for the summer. He was wrong. He finds himself lying to his best friend Mike about going to a science camp. No one had told him about summer school until the end of the year. However when he gets there he finds a note that says SPYDER wants to recruit him. He and his friends go on a bus to get him away but there bus gets attacked. When he find ...more
Mark Buxton
Apr 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
My name is Ben. For some reason, the evil organization called SPYDER wants me. They invited me to join them, but they also threatened to kill me if I didn't. The CIA tried to sneak me away to a secret location, but the plan just helped SPYDER kidnap my friends. Luckily, Erica is protecting me. She's the most awesome student spy in school, and she's kind of cute too. The CIA has sent her father, their best and most famous agent, to help protect me, but he's actually an incompetent fool! The big q ...more
Thirteen-year-old Ben Ripley AKA Smokescreen) is all set to leave spy school for a carefree summer at home. Instead, he spends a weekend at home and is sent, along with his classmates, to an intelligence version of summer camp where the would-be espionage agents will be trained as survivalists. But a death threat from another spy group called SPYDER forces him to scramble for allies while watching his back. The book is filled with adventure, smart kids, and family dynamics as Ben learns where fe ...more
This was a fun followup to the first of this series. In this one, Ben finds out that he is not going to spend the summer at home as he had thought but was required to go to Spy Camp. Of course, Spyder gets involved and targets Ben. In the meantime, the dysfunctional member of the great Hale family is at it again, stealing credit for things he did not do. However, Ben shows himself perhaps more humane than Erica in this case. Read this for a fun quick read involving smart kids who have learned th ...more
Aug 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: summer-reading
Ben and Erica are the main characters, they must work as a team to defeat SPYDER. I didn't love this book because I could tell what would happen. This book is full of cheesy jokes and suspense so I recommend it to those kind of people.
Landry Clark
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was Awesome! I like the Action and the adventures
Nov 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Exciting action packed story with a great twist at the end. And I totally was wrong about the identity of the villain. Kids are going to gobble this one up.
Eric Herzog
Ben along with all of the kids at spy school have to go to a spy camp Ban A.K.A smokescreen gets attacked by S.P.Y.D.E.R.
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: spy, action, gibbs
Spy Camp falls under the genre of action as it is full of crazy spy missions. I definitely think this book is well worth the time to read because of all the action and suspense that it has.

Here's a quick run down of the book.
Just when summer is coming up, Ben Ripley thinks his time at spy school is done and he can return to his normal life. But that doesn’t happen when he is told that he is required to go to spy camp. On top of that, Ben faces a mission as SPYDER, an evil secre
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Choice book #3 Quarter 2

Spy Camp, by Stuart Gibbs, is a fiction book that takes place in the wilderness.

Main Characters

Ben Ripley is a spy-in-training for the CIA. Ben is an only child, and misses his parent greatly, since he sleeps at school. He is almost thirteen years old and is attending “St. Smithen’s Science Academy for Boys and Girls”, which is the cover up for the CIA’s Academy of Espionage. His friend (and crush), Erica, is also a student there.

Erica Hale is also a spy-in
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sam Bequette
1st Period
Spy Camp, a realistic fiction book by Stuart Gibbs, is a joyous sequel to the original. The book follows second-year spy academy student named Ben Ripley as he goes to his school’s summer camp in the wilderness. It all starts when Ben gets a mysterious letter from an evil organization called SPYDER saying ‘’We’re coming for you.’’ As Ben tries to escape SPYDER through the wilderness with a genius spy-in-training named Erica Hale and a fraud named Alexander Hale,
Nolan Snoeyer
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was very interesting to me. It kept twisting and turning in a direction, it was full of suspense and changes. The book is in the view of Ben Ripley, he is a normal kid in a not normal school. The setting first starts off at spy school, the school for soon-to-be spy's, where everyone is packing up for spy camp. Ben gets a note from the evil organization SPYDER. He and his "friend" Erica find out why they chose him to give the letter to.

Next the setting changes to a wilderne
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