Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 4 - 8Grades 3 - 6n/a5.361192
Like many kids, Ben Ripley imagines life as a secret agent would be pretty awesome -- so when he learns he's been recruited to the C.I.A.'s top secret Academy of Espionage, it sounds too good to be true. And it is. From the moment he arrives -- and ends up in the middle of an enemy attack -- Ben finds Spy School is going to be far more difficult, dastardly and dangerous than he expected. Even worse, he soon discovers that he hasn't been recruited to become a top agent; instead, he's been brought in as bait to catch a devious double agent. Now, Ben needs a crash course in espionage so that he can catch the mole, prove his worth -- and get the girl. It won't be easy, but it'll be a very fun -- and very funny -- ride.
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published on March 6, 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 1442421827
ISBN-13: 9781442421820
149 Book Reviews
  • illuminae
    illuminae6 months55 stars
    I've read this book more than I've read any other book in my life. It is such a light read, I read this whenever I am bored or in the car. It's funny and I like Ben and Erica's dynamic, however one-sided it may be. Would definitely recommend.
    • moonlight2011
      moonlight2011about 1 year55 stars
      wow i love this book
      • sunflower11
        sunflower11over 1 year55 stars
        this book is amazing ! if you like mystery books this is the book for you it just gets you to read and read all day long and it doesn't EVER get you bored . I loved this book and I think it is AMAZING!
        • toono
          toonoalmost 2 years44 stars
          Don’t get me wrong this book is AMAZING and you DO have to read it (along with every other book in the series) but, the Spy School series is a bit repetitive and it usually goes something like this: an evil group of people try to do something bad Ben going into the seen as bait, usually without realizing. There is an obstacle the have to get around, nobody can figure out there plan but Ben figures it at at the last minute. The world is saved! Although this is the mane gists I totally recommend.
          • yc428498
            yc428498almost 2 years55 stars
            Best espionage book of all time, so good I read the whole series! A MUST-READ for all kids who like action, comedy, romance, and a little bit of mystery. This book is for sure going to keep you turning the pages. ;)
            • rubyxstarz
              rubyxstarzalmost 2 years55 stars
              This book was soooo good I finished it yesterday and can't wait to get the 2nd one!!!
              • Bericaabout 2 years
                Loved this book!
                • bsc
                  bscabout 2 years44 stars
                  This book was surprisingly really good! Ben Ripley is your average-ish middle school boy. He's a wiz at math, has a crush, gets bullied, ect. But Ben's life changes dramatically when he gets offered a scholarship to the CIA's top secret spy academy! Ben happily accepts the offer and heads off to spy school. I mean- who wouldn't want to go to a super cool spy school? There he learns that spy school isn't as cool as he thought it was going to be. Instead of learning how to fight and things like that- he has lectures. But after an attack in his room, he learns that someone or something is after him. Ben teams up with Erica and along the way they make conclusions and learn shocking secrets. This book will keep you on the edge of your seat. Happy reading!
                  • jb9
                    jb9over 2 years44 stars
                    This is such a great book and book series and you should really read this book and this series. 2020
                    • blossomreader
                      blossomreaderover 2 years55 stars
                      The Spy School series is about spies, obviously. Ben is the main character. He has been recruited to a spy espionage to take down an evil organization called SPYDER, and he has help. Erica is the legendary daughter of famous spies, and is the best there is. Together, she and Ben have to take down this organization and stop their evil ways. I liked this book and can't wait for the next book to come out!