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Spy School has been compared to both Alex Rider and Artemis Fowl, but it might most be similar to Robert Muchamore’s CHERUB series.
Before we start listing out the Spy School books in order, though, let’s learn a little bit more about the series and its author.
What is Spy School?
The Spy School series is a middle-grade action/adventure tale that follows Ben Ripley, a middle school student with his eyes set on becoming a CIA agent. But Ben is so awkward, there’s no way a kid like him would ever get into the CIA.
Or would he?
When Ben is recruited for a magnet school focusing on science, he’s completely surprised and excited to learn the school is a front for the junior CIA academy.
About Stuart Gibbs
Stuart Gibbs is a international bestselling author of middle grade fiction. Aside from the Spy School series, he’s also written popular books like Charlie Thorne, Once Upon a Tim, and FunJungle.
Before he got into writing, Stuart Gibbs studied to become a field biologist in college. For an assignment, he had to go to the Zoo and pick an animal study. That animal was the capybara, the world’s largest rodent.
That had nothing to do with his writing, just thought you’d enjoy the fun fact.
Spy School Series in Order
Now that you know a little bit more about the Spy School series and the man who write it, let’s dive head first into our list of the Spy School series in order.
- Spy School (2012)
- Spy Camp (2013)
- Evil Spy School (2015)
- Spy Ski School (2016)
- Spy School Secret Service (2017)
- Spy School Goes South (2018)
- Spy School British Invasion (2019)
- Spy School Revolution (2020)
- Spy School at Sea (2021)
- Spy School Project X (2022)
- Spy School Goes North (Expected: October 3, 2023)
- Spy School Graphic Novel (2022)
- Spy Camp Graphic Novel (Expected: April 4, 2023)
Summary of Spy School Books in Order
If you’re looking for more info on each book, the info below takes a deep dive into each book of the spy school series in order.
1. Spy School
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?
2. Spy Camp
Top-secret training continues into summer for aspiring spy Ben Ripley—and so does the danger.
Ben Ripley is a middle schooler whose school is not exactly average—he’s spent the last year training to be a top-level spy and dodging all sorts of associated danger. So now that summer’s finally here, Ben would like to have some fun and relax.
But that’s not going to happen during required spy survival training at a rustic wilderness camp, where SPYDER, an enemy spy organization, has infiltrated the spies’ ranks. Can Ben root out the enemy before it takes him out—for good?
3. Evil Spy School
Ben gets kicked out of the CIA’s spy school and enrolls with the enemy.
During a spy school game of Capture the Flag, twelve-year-old Ben Ripley accidentally shoots a live mortar into the principal’s office—and immediately gets himself expelled. Not long after going back to the boring real world, Ben gets an offer to join evil crime organization SPYDER. And he accepts.
Ben can tell he’s a key part of their sinister plan, but he’s not quite sure what the plan is. Can Ben figure out what SPYDER is up to—and get word to the good guys without getting caught—before it’s too late?
4. Spy Ski School
Ben Ripley enrolls in ski school, where the slopes, and the stakes, get really steep.
Thirteen-year-old Ben Ripley is not exactly the best student spy school has ever seen—he keeps flunking Advanced Self Preservation. But outside of class, Ben is pretty great at staying alive.
His enemies have kidnapped him, shot at him, locked him in a room with a ticking time bomb, and even tried to blow him up with missiles. And he’s survived every time. After all that unexpected success, the CIA has decided to activate Ben for real.
The Mission: Become friends with Jessica Shang, the daughter of a suspected Chinese crime boss, and find out all of her father’s secrets.
Ben might not be able to handle a weapon (or a pair of skis), but he can make friends easy-peasy. That is, until his best friend from home drops in on the trip and jeopardizes the entire mission…
5. Spy School Secret Service
Ben goes undercover in the White House to take on a SPYDER operative determined to assassinate the president.
Thirteen-year-old Ben Ripley has had a lot of field success despite just beginning his second year. But he’d never have survived without the help from experienced agents and his friends. Now he’s been called in on a solo mission—and the fate of the United States of America is on his shoulders alone.
The mission: Prevent a presidential assassination by infiltrating the White House and locating the enemy operative.
And when everything goes wrong, Ben must rely on his spy school friends to save his reputation…but even friends can double-cross or be swayed to the enemy’s side.
6. Spy School Goes South
Ben is taken to Mexico by his nemesis in the hopes that he’ll finally be able to take down SPYDER.
Thirteen-year-old Ben Ripley has been caught in the snares of SPYDER more than once and knows well enough to be suspicious of anything that seems too good to be true—despite needing special tutoring in advanced survival techniques.
So when Murray Hill finally breaks his silence with an offer to hand over the SPYDER elite, Ben knows that there must be something going on. But his hesitation doesn’t stop the assignment.
The mission: Follow Murray Hill to an undisclosed location with no one else but Erica Hale to identify SPYDER leadership.
However, as Ben suspected, nothing goes as planned, and what should be an easy mission quickly turns deadly. Ben and Erica will have to face rogue agents, trained killers, and even very hungry crocodiles. Then race against the clock to find out what SPYDER is up to this time—and thwart their evil plans.
7. Spy School British Invasion
Ben Ripley is finally going to take SPYDER down, once and for all.
Stranded in Mexico after nearly capturing the leaders of SPYDER, thirteen-year-old Ben Ripley desperately needs a shower. But even more so, he and his spy school friends need to come up with a new plan to defeat their enemies; their only clue a key that opens…something.
The mission: Go rogue from the CIA, join up with the British MI6 to locate the leader of SPYDER, the enigmatic Mr. E, and bring down the evil organization once and for all.
Only it won’t be easy. They’ll have to deal with rival evil splinter factions, devious double-crosses, and learning to drive on the opposite side of the road. But they have no other choice: this is their last chance to crack the code on SPYDER.
8. Spy School Revolution
Superspy middle schooler Ben Ripley faces the Croatoan–a new evil organization that’s so mysterious, the only proof it exists is from the American Revolution.
With SPYDER defeated, Ben Ripley is looking forward to his life getting back to normal, or as normal as possible when you’re a superspy in training. For once, everything seems to be right in Ben’s world…until someone bombs the CIA conference room next door.
To Ben’s astonishment, the attacker is none other than Erica Hale, the spy-in-training he respects more than any other. Ben refuses to believe Erica is working for the enemy…even if the rest of the CIA does.
His mission: prove Erica is not a double agent working against the US. Then locate a fabled colonial-era insurgent group, figure out what their devious plot is, and thwart it.
But this time, Ben finds himself up against opponents he has never encountered before: his own friends. They’re not as ready to trust in Erica as he is. Ben is forced to rely on his own wits and skills more than ever before. How can he succeed when he doesn’t even know who he can trust?
9. Spy School at Sea
Ben Ripley faces his nemesis, Murray Hill, on the high seas.
Thanks to the evidence Ben uncovered in his investigation of the Croatoan, the CIA has tracked his nemesis, Murray Hill, to Central America, where they believe he is boarding the world’s biggest cruise ship, The Emperor of the Seas, on its maiden voyage around the world.
His mission: Pose as part of a family, with Alexander and Catherine Hale as his parents, Erica as his sister, and his best friend Mike as his brother, to find out what Murray is plotting.
At first, it sounds exciting to have a mission on the most glamorous ocean liner on earth, but as usual, nothing goes according to plan. There is action, danger, and plenty of surprises as Ben and his team quickly find themselves in hot water.
10. Spy School Project X
Ben Ripley races against time and across state lines—by car, train, boat, and plane—to avoid his new cyber enemies and track down Murray Hill.
Ben Ripley’s longtime nemesis, Murray Hill, has put a price on Ben’s head and accused him of being at the center of a conspiracy on the internet. Now Ben finds himself in his greatest danger yet, on the run from both assassins and conspiracy theorists.
Ben must find Murray before his machinations catch up to Ben. But with so much at stake, even some of Ben’s most trusted friends might not be at the top of their game, leaving Ben to be tested like never before.
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