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Mrs. Smith's Spy School for Girls

(Mrs. Smith's Spy School for Girls #1)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  1,096 ratings  ·  163 reviews
A girl discovers her boarding school is actually an elite spy-training program, and she must learn the skills of the trade in order to find her mother in this action-packed middle grade debut.

After a botched escape plan from her boarding school, Abigail is stunned to discover the school is actually a cover for an elite spy ring called The Center, along with being training
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published July 4th 2017
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Sophie This book is designed for middle grade readers. I would put the designated/appropriate age range at ages 10-14.

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Brandy Painter
3.5 stars

This is a must have for any upper elementary classroom or library. The action centers on a girl who finds herself attending a boarding school that is not quite what it seems. She learns a lot of secrets about her mother and her past. There is a wonderful team of classmates who work together on a quest to figure out where Abigail's mother has gone and what she discovered before she disappeared. It requires a good deal of suspension of disbelief for adult readers, but should be a perfect
A fun quick read. Loved the short chapters and that it wasn't too much over the top. Usually kids against bad guys books can go utterly eyes-rolling unrealistic :D. I liked Abigail and her friends so I'm going to continue with the series for sure.

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Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
More of a 3.5

Mrs. Smith's Spy School for Girls is middle grade Gallagher Girls all the way through. It's fun, a bit silly, and requires quite a bit of suspension of disbelief. I could absolutely see young readers loving this book. In fact, I liked it more than the first couple Gallagher Girls books. Good start to a new series.
Aug 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I re-read this book as I had a feeling my first review was bland and not well thought out. And I now love this gripping story with all the adventures and characters. It is a remarable story and fits into a category of stories many people praise. Definitely a recommended book!!!
Barb Middleton
Oct 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: adventure, mystery
A spy novel that is fine if you are looking for action. I was a bit confused in the beginning about one scene that isn't explained until the end. The Japanese minor character is a bit of a stereotype with her math skills and liking for tea but she starts to get developed more by the end. The villains are one dimensional and it sets up for the series. I liked Stormbreaker better by Anthony Horowitz and Ms. Yingling, a Goodreads reviewer, said she liked The Gallagher series better which I haven't ...more
Ms. Yingling
Apr 02, 2017 rated it liked it
E ARC from Edelweiss Above the Treeline

Abigail has lead an odd and nomadic life with her mother, Jennifer. She thinks they have always gotten along, but her mother suddenly decides to send her off to boarding school because she needs more structure in her life. Abigail proves her mother correct when she uses sheets to escape from her dorm room, and ends up in the headmistresses' office. This doesn't end well, and she has her room moved to the fourth floor. She also finds out that Mrs. Smith's Sc
The Library Lady
Adequate. Sort of "Gallagher Girls" for the pre-YA book set. Boys won't probably read it, but girls who like the Spy School series and other such will.

Props to the author for a mere half page of "thank yous" at the end. But lots of eye rolls for the author bio, because she is billed as the author of the "Spy School For Girls," series, as if she'd written 15 of them, all best sellers. Puh-leez!
Didn't love this one. The chapter breaks seemed abrupt and I couldn't always follow the passage of time (which is a pet peeve of mine). There is definitely enough action to keep young readers engaged, but it started to get a bit tiresome for me. Not sure if I'll pick up the inevitable sequel.

Thanks to the publisher for a digital advance reader's copy, provided via Edelweiss.
Sep 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Lots of spy fun! Perfect for upper elementary and middle school readers of mysteries, adventures, and puzzle books. The last third felt like an elaborate Escape Room scenario. Don’t let the “girls” in the title fool you: boys will like this just as much. In fact, this was recommended to me by a well-read boy in middle school!
None of the adults act rationally in this book, and it makes me very mad.
Laura Mossa
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Abby Hunter is a student at Smith School for Children.  But it turns out that the boarding school is not what it appears to be.  The school is actually a cover for an elite spy ring named the Center.  And Abby's mother, Jennifer, is the Center's most talented agent.  At first, Abby cannot believe her mother hid her occupation from her, but as Abby looks back on her childhood, she begins to connect the dots.

For the past decade, Jennifer has been chasing the Ghost, a threatening criminal.  Mrs. Sm
Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Read for my elementary school library/students. This tells the story of a young girl Abby (12) who is sent to a boarding school that turns out to be a school to teach kids to spy. Turns out that her mom is one of the best spies there is. What students will enjoy is Abby's sense of humor, language and thought processes. There are strong friendships and definitely bad guys. Abby is super smart but often doubts herself which kids can relate to. There is also challenging vocab that kids might look u ...more
Aug 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Imagine Gallagher Girls in middle school and nobody knows who the other spies are. Mrs Smith’s in a nutshell, but it gets much more complicated.

Abigail’s mother went to Mrs Smith’s and worked for the Center as a spy. She sends Abigail there for education (and for setting lemurs free at the zoo), but when her mom goes missing Mrs Smith decides to use Abigail as bait.

I liked this book a lot. I look forward to reading the next book.
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Things take a turn for the weird when Abby Hunter is admitted to the Smith School for Children, "a preppy ground zero of ivy-smothered buildings, rolling green fields, and well-manicured gardens." Things get even weirder when Abby learns, after a botched escape from the school, that Mrs. Smith's isn't the elite boarding school she thinks it is. It's actually a spy ring called the Center - and her mother is a top agent. A fun, fast-paced adventure that's sure to please every middle-school reader. ...more
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Action adventure mystery starring a self-confident, mischievous girl protagonist whose bent for causing trouble will throw her in the midst of a secret spy organization that will cause her to rethink everything she thought to be true.
Faith M:)
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
So good! One star off for using the Lord's Name in vain, an inappropriate part and some violence. Other than that, I loved this book!! ...more
Kathryn Castles
Dec 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-books
My 8 year old loved is and found it really funny, she's very keen to read the next one. I thought it was OK! ...more
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Grade 5 - 6
295 pages. I loved this book! It was a little bit older in the ages of the characters than I usually buy for elementary level, but it was an amazing story. Abigail is a girl who does not want to go to boarding school, but after reluctantly agreeing finds herself in the middle of some amazing adventures. This book will take you on a ride, with a plot full of so many twists and turns you will get carsick fast! It is non-stop mystery, drama, and lots of rule-breaking. I really think kids will love ...more
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars.

I saw this book at Walmart and thought--hey, maybe it would appeal to some of my adventure loving readers!

It's definitely action-packed, for sure. There's a fair amount of intrigue and techno-gizmos involved, as well as plenty of suspicious characters, and guessing games. Several characters were multi-faceted, and that added some interesting layers to the plot. Warning: the story might "end", but it's far from over! I'll be finding the next one, for sure.

HOWEVER. I found writing quali
Aug 07, 2017 rated it liked it
*I received this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

I'm a huge fan of fun spy media, such as ALIAS, Veronica Mars (she kinda counts, right?), and I remember liking Gallagher Girls when I was younger. So, when I saw this book pop up on Netgalley, I knew I would have to try it!

It is a fun and quick (for an adult) read. I enjoyed reading this book and the story was fun to follow along with. The relationships with friends and family were sweet and in the midst of becoming more.
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Smith School for Children appears to be a typical ivy covered preppy New England private boarding school. This is the kind of place spunky middle school student Abigail finds suffocatingly stifling, too many rules, no freedom, and lots of rich kids. She realizes all of this AFTER she reluctantly agrees to allow her mother to enroll her there. Yet luckily when the need arises, she manages to find two free thinking, creative rebels. Befriending classically beautiful Charlotte from a wealthy old fa ...more
Book Him Danno
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Finding books for my 8 year old daughter is almost impossible. Summer start May 31st as of July 4th she has finished 5 books. Little House In the Big Woods, Dork Diaries, Nancy Drew and so much more.
As soon as I find books I think she might like I grab them right away.

8 Year Old Review
Mom listen this book is like the one my brother has about the boys spies school ( Stuart Gibbs's Spy School) So the popular girl at the boarding school goes missing and Abby decides to find out why only to discover
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
McMullin, Beth Mrs. Smith’s Spy School for Girls 295 pages. Aladdin, 2017. $17.
Language: PG (Lord’s name in vain); Mature Content: G Violence: PG

Abigail is sent to an elite boarding school by her mother. Abigail keeps trying to escape even tying sheets together and lowering herself down to the ground. Abigail discovers that the school is not just and elite boarding school, but that it is used as a cover for spy training. Abigail discovers that her mom is the top spy and she has gone missing. Can
Nov 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: spies, kid-lit
Fun! I'm trying to read at least a few children's book this month since I work in the kids dept of a book store and will be asked for recommendations nore than usual all through December. I definitely will add this to my general list of good books for girls aged 8-12. It's not the greatest kid lit ive ever read, but toward the middle it when the exposition was finally done I got pretty into it. There's a nice little message stuck in there about girls actively trying to make themselves more capab ...more
Stephanie Croaning
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the fun and exciting first book in a series. Abby Hunter is surprised when her single, unemployed mother sends her off to a private boarding school. During an attempted escape, Abby unwittingly discovers that all is not as it seems at the school.

She is actually attending a spy school, with hidden tunnels, catacombs, and spy gadgets, like phones that can shoot rubber bullets. She also learns a lot about her mother, who turns out to be a super spy who was once a student at the school.

Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-6-8
Sent away to the Smith School for Children by her busy mother, Abigail discovers that this elite prep school is a training ground for spies called the Center. Not only that, but her mother was one of the star "graduates." When her mom goes missing, Abigail and her friends get caught up in the search. It is far more dangerous than she realizes. Readers will be caught up also as Abigail tries to navigate through the dangers. Some things are resolved, but there has to be a sequel. ...more
Chance Hansen
It felt more paint by numbers book about becoming a spy. It's became overly repetitive with certain topics. It was also at certain points frighteningly predictable. There where way too many sentences in this book. Now that I have your attention let’s get into it.

I actually really like the cover. It’s a very eye catching and quite dynamic pose and angle. It actually gives me a comic book vibe. Nice tie-in with the back-cover color being the title color. I really like the little deta
Suzanne Dix
Another great spy story to boost my mystery collection! Having just finished City Spies, I wasn't expecting to find another spy series to recommend so quickly but Mrs. Smith's Spy School was a fun and funny read. I can definitely see this one in constant demand!

Abigail is sent to a prestigious boarding school in CT. Her mother is incredibly vague as to why all of a sudden she is sending Abigail away when they have been a team of two for so long. Abigail is hurt but quickly adapts to life away fr
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Abby Hunter is less-than thrilled when she receives a surprise admission letter from the Smith School for Children. Her mother encourages (bribes) her to try the new school, so she begins life as a “Lower Middle” (Seventh Grader) at the Smith School.

When one of the Seniors disappears, Abby and her friends decide to investigate. And Abby stumbles upon an unusual after-school activity. Abby discovers that Mrs. Smith not only runs the Smith School for Children, but a secret spy school for girls. Ab
Trina M.
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beth McMullen has a well written suspense story for you in this book. From the moment I began reading it I was excited about the characters. Abigail sounds and acts like your typical student who wants an adventure on her own terms. It was delightful to see that even though Abigail is an only child living with her single mother she was well adjusted and emotionally balanced. There are so many students that would enjoy the read that I can not wait to introduce the characters to my class  in the fa ...more
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Beth McMullen lives with her family and an assortment of pets in Davis, CA. She writes for adults and kids. Look for Mrs. Smith's Spy School for Girls from Aladdin/S&S in July 4, 2017. ...more

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