By: Stuart Gibbs
Genres: Comedy, Spy Fiction
Length: 353 pages
Spy School Goes South follows 12-year-old Ben Ripley, an agent in training at the CIA’s secret spy school, as he goes to Mexico to fight the CIA’s biggest enemy: an evil organization called SPYDER. In the previous books in the series, Ben foils SPYDER’s plans multiple times, dealing with spies, bombs, and missiles in an attempt to rid the world of the agency. Ben and his fellow spy school companions are sent on a “risk-free” trip in order to locate SPYDER’s secret hideout, but end up thwarting bad guys, fighting alligators, helping traitors, and eating way, way too much free food.
Spy School Goes South is an amazing book filled with adventure and humor. Ben is a likable character with relatable problems, and the other characters have equally strong personalities. Stuart Gibbs challenges spy stereotypes, and created a book with an elaborate, confusing, and ingenious plot. I highly recommend this book, as well as the rest of the series, for people who love mysteries, spies, and humor.
Other Books in this Series:
Evil Spy School
Spy Ski School
Spy School Secret School
Spy School British Invasion (not yet released)
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Note: This is Book 6 of the Spy School series. If you are interested in the book, we suggest reading the first 5 books of the series first for context.
Reviewed by Aasiya, 2024