Spy School (Graphic Novel) by Stuart Gibbs is a graphic adaptation of the popular Spy School book. This graphic novel version is a great adaptation full of action, humor, and fun.
I chose the Spy School graphic novel for my kid’s graphic novel online book club in 2023. Most of the readers enjoyed this one though the plot was a little tricky to follow.
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Genre: Mystery, Action & Adventure
Length: 296 pages
First Published: 2022
Publisher’s Description: Spy School Graphic Novel
“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!”
My Goodreads Review
Ben Ripley is only in middle school but he has already landed a spot in CIA’s secret magnet school to train future spies. He is thrilled that the CIA (his dream job) might actually want him until he realizes there is definitely a case of mistaken identity and he is the mistake. That won’t stop him from trying his best to prove himself as he avoids assassination attempts, handles being kidnapped, and attempts to catch the person behind the life-threatening plot.
This action-packed adventure book was a fun read. The opening section is one of my favorite aspects of this book. It was completely unexpected and a great opening hook. Loved the humor provided by the small twist right away. It’s a fun story with tons of humor and action. At times, the plot can be a little confusing, but if you keep reading then it works itself out.
Kids of all ages will like this one, but especially the middle-grade readers (8-12).
My Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Spy School Graphic Novel: Discussion Questions for Your Homeschool Study
1. This book starts with a wordless opening that ends in a humourous plot twist. Did you enjoy it? Is this an effective way to hook the reader?
2. Look at page 130. How does the artist show the view through the binoculars?
3. There are quite a few action sequences in this book. What sequence is your favorite and why did you like it?
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