Spy School by Stuart Gibbs
My name is Zach. I am an eighth grader and live in Ketchum, ID. I enjoy playing board games, reading, mountain biking, Nordic and alpine skiing, playing with my family, snowmobiling, and being outside.
Spy School by Stuart Gibbs is a quick and easy read that is very believable.
Ben Ripley is a smart young boy. He has a gift for math and can do complex calculations in his head. Because of this, he is “accepted” into a spy school. He immediately realizes how hard it is to be a spy, let alone lie to his parents and his best friend. He meets friends like Erica Hale, a strong, confident and pretty girl who smells like gunpowder and flowers. Everything goes smoothly until…Ben dramatically discovers that he is part of an operation to find a ‘mole’ (or enemy double agent) working undercover at the school. And by ‘part of’, I mean to say he is the bait to draw dangerous people out of hiding.
Sounds scary? It is.
Things go from bad to worse as the book goes on, leading up to a crazy finale.
Overall, this book would normally be around a B+ for me, but it was so fast paced and fun, I forgot about all sorts of nitpicky details I usually don’t like. All I remember after reading it was that it was fun, captivating, and funny. Quirky characters following a standard plot (with some twists and turns) written in a great way. There are eight other books after this one, with more to come. I would say, if you need a book to read in the car, or when you are bored, you should check out Spy School. You won’t be disappointed.