Rating: High Four
Who I'd Recommend to: Fans of Confessions of a So-Called Middle Child, Rick Riordan, and overall just those books that make you want to read forever...
Synopsis (from Amazon):
During a spy school game of Capture the Flag, twelve-year-old Ben Ripley somehow accidentally shoots a live mortar into the principal’s office—and immediately gets himself expelled. Not long after going back to the boring old real world, Ben gets recruited by evil crime organization SPYDER.
And he accepts.
As a new student in SPYDER’s evil spy school, which trains kids to become bad guys with classes likeCounter Counterespionage and Laying Low 101, Ben does some secret spying of his own. He’s acting as unofficial undercover agent, and it becomes quickly apparent that SPYDER is planning something very big—and very evil.
Ben can tell he’s a key part of the 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?
But I think you get my gist with the rating :)
Anyways, I really enjoyed this book. It was so much fun to read and kept me flying through the pages. It's one of the better books I've read in a while and demonstrates exciting action sequences, hilarious characters, and incredible suspense. I can't decide which of the three Spy School books I like the best, but this one took the story to a whole different level. Although Ben seemed to find some things out too quickly (trying to avoid spoilers), it wasn't that major of a problem. There were great twists, too. The story immediately grabs the reader and thrusts them into Ben Ripely's perspective without too much lead-up. And of course, everything had Gibbs' signature wit. I would recommend to anyone, really, but with a warning... once you begin reading, you will never be able to stop!