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Spy School

Spy School Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Gibson Frazier
Series: Spy School, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (511 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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?

31 of 37 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!

9 of 11 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.

27 of 35 people found this review helpful

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Great book for all ages. Boys 8 and 11

Great book. Fun, entertaining, great writing and the family lives or. Not a little kids d book but all will enjoy. Gibson Frazier added all the character to each and made it all worth it! I need more books read by Frazier!

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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.

27 of 41 people found this review helpful

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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

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good

I really really really really really really really really really really really really really really loved this book and it was good

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  • jb
  • 06-30-19

Reviews said ok for a 6 year old, but it's not

The story is engaging, but there is a lot of violence in the context of guns being pointed at the main child character, kidnapping, and relatively misogynist comments about "hot girls" and much discussion of how beautiful a girl is... Doesn't matter that she is smart and capable. Why does that need to be in there? Why? Just why? Disappointing to expose my young boys to this content. And of course, once we start a book they throw a fit if we stop it... At any rate, should be rated very clearly for older kids out of elementary school and at baseline I question the authors need to be so gender normative and looks-based at this age. We are creating the next generation and can do so much better. (And I will point out that my kids have listened to the first few Harry Potters and Percy Jackson, we are accustomed to action books, but this is too much.)

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AMAZING

For all ages from 8 to 12 warning they say ass and damn
😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆 awesome👏
I am 12

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  • Jk
  • 06-11-19

The first book is a mishap but...

The next books after this don't even say bad anything getting this book @ 5 was nice because it had so many climax that every time I listen to this I get exited and @ 11 right now I have all the new books and none curse