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Can an undercover nerd become a superstar agent? Ben Ripley sure hopes so - and his life may depend on it!

Ben Ripley may only be in middle school, but he's already pegged his dream job: CIA or bust. Unfortunately for him, his personality doesn't exactly scream "secret agent". In fact Ben is so awkward, he can barely get to school and back without a mishap. Because of his innate nerdiness, Ben is not surprised when he is recruited for a magnet school with a focus on science - but he's entirely shocked to discover that the school is actually a front for a junior CIA academy. Could the CIA really want him?

Actually, no. There's been a case of mistaken identity - but that doesn't stop Ben from trying to morph into a supercool undercover agent, the kind that always gets the girl. And through a series of hilarious misadventures, Ben realizes he might actually be a halfway decent spy...if he can survive all the attempts being made on his life!

©2012 Stuart Gibbs. All rights reserved. (P)2017 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Great book, but...

Great story, fun theme, but just beware there is language in the book that is emphasized in an audio version. So not necessary and added nothing. My 7, 12 and 14 year old all enjoyed, but multiple uses of curse words ruined it for me. Why do authors feel the need to add language into a children’s book?

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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We couldn't turn it off

We chose this book to listen to as we headed out Memorial Day weekend. My 4th and 2nd graders loved the book - we couldn't stop listening to the story. So much fun!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Warning, strong language not for little ears

Would you try another book from Stuart Gibbs and/or Gibson Frazier?

I do not believe that I would get another of these books. The plot is great, the characters are awesome, but WHY, WHY the language. We are pretty careful about the words that we use in our home. This book had many uses of "damn" and "ass." It's so disappointing. I was so excited about the potential, but honestly the language ruined it for me; It was just completely out of place.

Would you recommend Spy School to your friends? Why or why not?

No, I would not recommend this to friend because of the strong language.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Very engaging plot and distinct characters.

12 of 18 people found this review helpful

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Unicorns are the best

Unicorn is my best friend and my pet yay yay yay yay yay yay
Yay yay

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best stuff

This is the best of the best in the world and is a great book for four listeners to come when I read this book I thought it would be nice and boring but about 5 minutes in it had are ready cot my attention me personally I recommend this book to be in your hands 👧 this book is very exciting if you like excrement you should try it hope you enjoy it

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Swears

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

My kids were horrified the first time someone swore, and I was embarrassed for picking out the book. We had listened to the two Space Case books, but this one is more violent, and not appropriate for little (8 year old) kids to listen to. Not worth the money/credits.

Has Spy School turned you off from other books in this genre?

I won't get another Spy School book, and think twice before downloading Stuart Gibbs books for this age group.

16 of 27 people found this review helpful

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Fun and light

Fun listen. Light and easy. Nothing too dark or brooding. Recommended for a lazy Sunday afternoon.

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Funny for kids and adultz.

My 12 year old son and I enjoyed reading this together. There were some very humorous parts and some cliff hangers too.

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Definite page turner (or word listener)

I found that it was near impossible to put down or press the pause button on this book. Although some curse words a great story, 5 out of 5 stars!

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I get a kick out of these books

Simple. Maybe not for adults but I thought they (the series) were really fun. A bit tongue in cheek maybe.