Spy School, Book 1

Book review by Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 10+

Clever, fast-paced mystery mixes spy thrills and teen drama.

Parents say

age 10+

Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 30 reviews

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age 13+


The author does a great job of generating page-turning suspense and interest, but the references to girls and their "hotness" was so SO incessant. By about 20% of the way in to the story, Ben's friend calls him on his cellphone to brag that he got ice cream with Ben's crush, to which Ben says there's a girl at his new school who's hotter anyway and he'll take a picture of her the next time he sees her and text it to his friend as proof. There's so much ickiness just in this exchange that I gave up on the book there and returned it. (And there is a weird amount of swearing that makes it hard to tell what age this is even supposed to be for.)

This title has:

Too much swearing
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age 9+

Disturbed my daughter with the cursing

Three chapters into the book my daughter had come across several curse words which were totally unnecessary . She was enjoying the book so it was unfortunate that this interrupted her reading and made her feel uneasy to continue.

This title has:

Too much swearing
1 person found this helpful.

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For kids who love mysteries and strong female characters

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