Spy Camp

by Stuart Gibbs

Middle schooler Ben Ripley is looking forward to hanging out with his best friend... read more

Middle schooler Ben Ripley is looking forward to hanging out with his best friend at home for the summer after enduring his first year at a CIA-run boarding school for future spies. But it turns out summer school is required. The camp setting eases the sting a little, until Ben discovers SPYDER, the secret organization wanting to overthrow the CIA and dominate world espionage, wants Ben to join them. They've given him twenty-four hours to say yes, or die. He tells his friend, super student Erica Hale, but the CIA sends her father, Alexander, to help instead. Unfortunately, Alexander's reputation as a super spy belies his limited talent and gift for bumbling. Stuart Gibbs keeps the premise fresh and funny in this sequel to Spy School (Simon & Schuster, 2012), with new revelations about the Hale family spy dynasty in particular while continuing to develop Ben and other characters. The setup to the climax involving a Civil War reenactment is especially hilarious in this action-packed, tongue-in-cheek offering. (Ages 9-12)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2014

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