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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Spy School Secret Service -- the fifth book in Stuart Gibbs' action-packed Spy School series about children in a secret espionage training school -- deals with manipulation, deceit, friendship, and loyalty. There's nearly constant peril: Children are frequently in deadly danger, often from adults who are supposed to be on their team. Gadgets and gizmos are less essential than building skills, using your brain, and building trusting relationships.
What's the story?
SPY SCHOOL SECRET SERVICE puts 13-year-old spy-in-training Ben Ripley back on the trail of the super secret (and super devious) criminal organization SPYDER. His mission is to uncover and thwart a plot to kill the president, but Ben ends up becoming the prime suspect in an assassination attempt. Ben's sure he was set up by SPYDER as part of a larger scheme, but proving it -- and clearing his name -- is going to be a challenge when he's forced into hiding and unsure who, if anyone, he can trust.
Is it any good?
Intrigue swirls into a tornado of action in Stuart Gibbs' fifth book in his series about a top-secret spy school for kids, and teen hero Ben is at his best: smarter, savvier, and more confident. Set in Washington, D.C., Spy School Secret Service takes readers behind the scenes at the White House, into a foreign embassy, and deep into the Pentagon. Like most good spy tales, the thickening plot can be a little muddy and takes some head-scratchingly convenient turns, but it's grounded by its focus on relationships among friends, families, and colleagues. The story draws on characters and key moments from earlier books, but newcomers to the series will easily catch up.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the risky business of making assumptions in Spy School Secret Service. Have you ever believed something untrue because of your own false assumptions?
Much of the action in the Spy School books feels cinematic. Do you picture these scenes like action sequences in movies?
What appeals to you about books like these: the tangled plot, the action, the relationships?
- Author: Stuart Gibbs
- Genre: Mystery
- Topics: Adventures, Friendship, Great Boy Role Models, Great Girl Role Models
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
- Publication date: October 10, 2017
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 8 - 12
- Number of pages: 352
- Available on: Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
- Last updated: April 23, 2020
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