Spy School the Graphic Novel (Paperback)
Spy School is a series of novels about a secret youth spy school headed by the CIA. The main characters are Ben, Erica, Murray, Mike, and Zoe. In this book, the young spies are responsible for locating the headquarters of an evil organization, SPYDER. They attempt to do this using Murray who is acting as a double agent of the spy school and SPYDER. Along the way, the main characters have to defeat SPYDER’s leaders and best bodyguards in order to thwart SPYDER’s plans. This book is an exciting adventure book with some intense parts making it hard to put down. It was a real page turner, full of action, mystery, humor, and even a little romance. I rate this book 5 stars because I really like the descriptive words Stuart Gibbs uses and the mystery that needs to be solved. It was also interesting learning about climate change and the impact on the earth.
— Guy M., Carson Elementary School, Grade 3
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! With action-packed, eye-catching art, join Ben Ripley as he survives his first year at the Academy of Espionage.
Anjan Sarkar’s preferred illustration style is “wonky and slightly misshapen,” which he realized around the time that he started drawing with his children (who are masters of the wonky line). His work is influenced by illustrators like David McKee, Jill McDonald, and Maurice Sendak, whose books he read as a little person. Anjan is also unhealthily obsessed with a few contemporary illustrators such as Benjamin Chaud, Sara Ogilvie, and Neal Layton. Since becoming a full-time illustrator, he’s created illustration for children’s books, animation, and advertising. Anjan works from a little studio in his house in Sheffield, England, where he lives with his wife and two kids.