Authors: Stuart Gibbs
Ben Ripley, age 12
Survive the “science school” that is really a front for training junior CIA operatives. And try to get the girl.
1. Find the devious double agent who has infiltrated the school.
2. Try not to die.
3. Prove to everyone that you are capable of being a spy, save the day, and try not to look like such a nerd while doing it.
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has written the screenplays for See
, and has worked on animated films such as
Anastasia; Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers
; and the
series. He has also developed TV shows for Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, ABC, and Fox. His first novel,
, was a Junior Library Guild Selection. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children, Dashiell and Violet. You can learn more about what he’s up to at stuartgibbs.com.
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Gibbs, Stuart, 1969–
Spy school / Stuart Gibbs. — 1st ed.
Summary: Twelve-year-old Ben Ripley leaves his public middle school to attend the CIA’s highly secretive Espionage Academy, which everyone is told is an elite science school.
ISBN 978-1-4424-2182-0 (hardcover)
[1. Spies—Fiction. 2. Schools—Fiction.] I. Title.
ISBN 978-1-4424-2184-4 (eBook)
To my wonderful wife, Suzanne
This is a story I’ve wanted to tell for a long, long time. I first thought up the idea of a spy school on the playground in elementary school, and while the actual story has changed a great deal since then, my desire to share it hasn’t. Therefore I am greatly indebted to my wonderful agent, Jennifer Joel, and my equally wonderful editor, Courtney Bongiolatti, for making this happen. Thank you both. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Office of CIA Internal Investigations
Director of Covert Affairs
The White House
Classified Documents Enclosed
Security Level AA2
For Your Eyes Only
As part of the continuing investigation into Operation Creeping Badger, the following pages have been transcribed from 53 hours of debriefings of Mr. Benjamin Ripley, aka Smokescreen, age 12, a first year student at the Academy of Espionage.
Mr. Ripley’s acceptance to the academy, while unprecedented, was sanctioned by
Director of the CIA, as part of the operation.