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Superspy middle schooler Ben Ripley faces the Croatoan--a new evil organization that's so mysterious, the only proof it exists is from the American Revolution--in this latest addition to the New York Times bestselling Spy School series. With SPYDER defeated, Ben Ripley is looking forward to his life getting back to normal, or as normal as possible when you're a superspy in Superspy middle schooler Ben Ripley faces the Croatoan--a new evil organization that's so mysterious, the only proof it exists is from the American Revolution--in this latest addition to the New York Times bestselling Spy School series. With SPYDER defeated, Ben Ripley is looking forward to his life getting back to normal, or as normal as possible when you're a superspy in training. For once, everything seems to be right in Ben's world...until someone bombs the CIA conference room next door. To Ben's astonishment, the attacker is none other than Erica Hale, the spy-in-training he respects more than any other. Ben refuses to believe Erica is working for the enemy...even if the rest of the CIA does. His mission: prove Erica is not a double agent working against the US, locate a fabled colonial-era insurgent group, figure out what their devious plot is, and thwart it. But this time, Ben finds himself up against opponents he has never encountered before: his own friends. They're not as ready to trust in Erica as he is, and Ben is forced to rely on his own wits and skills more than ever before. How can he succeed when he doesn't even know who he can trust?


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Superspy middle schooler Ben Ripley faces the Croatoan--a new evil organization that's so mysterious, the only proof it exists is from the American Revolution--in this latest addition to the New York Times bestselling Spy School series. With SPYDER defeated, Ben Ripley is looking forward to his life getting back to normal, or as normal as possible when you're a superspy in Superspy middle schooler Ben Ripley faces the Croatoan--a new evil organization that's so mysterious, the only proof it exists is from the American Revolution--in this latest addition to the New York Times bestselling Spy School series. With SPYDER defeated, Ben Ripley is looking forward to his life getting back to normal, or as normal as possible when you're a superspy in training. For once, everything seems to be right in Ben's world...until someone bombs the CIA conference room next door. To Ben's astonishment, the attacker is none other than Erica Hale, the spy-in-training he respects more than any other. Ben refuses to believe Erica is working for the enemy...even if the rest of the CIA does. His mission: prove Erica is not a double agent working against the US, locate a fabled colonial-era insurgent group, figure out what their devious plot is, and thwart it. But this time, Ben finds himself up against opponents he has never encountered before: his own friends. They're not as ready to trust in Erica as he is, and Ben is forced to rely on his own wits and skills more than ever before. How can he succeed when he doesn't even know who he can trust?

30 review for Spy School Revolution

  1. 4 out of 5

    Stuart

    Hi folks. I'm the author of this book, and I'm writing this because, yet again, Goodreads policy is allowing people who could not have possibly read this book to give reviews of it. How do I know this? Because no one besides me and my editor has even seen the book. Goodreads claims that they allow reviews before a book comes out so that people can 'express their desire for reading the book' -- but that's a quote from a customer service person, not their website. This website presents itself as a Hi folks. I'm the author of this book, and I'm writing this because, yet again, Goodreads policy is allowing people who could not have possibly read this book to give reviews of it. How do I know this? Because no one besides me and my editor has even seen the book. Goodreads claims that they allow reviews before a book comes out so that people can 'express their desire for reading the book' -- but that's a quote from a customer service person, not their website. This website presents itself as a place where people can review books that they have read, not a place where people can indicate how much they would like to read a book in the future. At some point in the future, my publisher may release Advanced Reader Copies of this book to allow people to read it and post actual reviews early. But for now, those don't exist. So don't trust any reviews from before... let's say August 2020. That goes for good or bad reviews. Even my own review is suspect. I mean, I wrote the book, so I'm going to be biased. (Although I really do think it is fun and that you will enjoy it. You wouldn't expect me to give my own book anything less than five stars, would you?)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mark Baker

    When someone fires at the CIA building while Ben Ripley is in it, he assumes it was an attack on the CIA in general. It quickly becomes clear that Ben was the target, and the person who attacked the CIA is his friend Erica Hale. Despite the evidence, Ben doesn’t think that she has turned into a traitor. The CIA, however, wants her arrested no matter what. Is Ben right? If so, can he clear his friend? The series has turned a bit of a corner with this book, but longtime fans will not be disappointe When someone fires at the CIA building while Ben Ripley is in it, he assumes it was an attack on the CIA in general. It quickly becomes clear that Ben was the target, and the person who attacked the CIA is his friend Erica Hale. Despite the evidence, Ben doesn’t think that she has turned into a traitor. The CIA, however, wants her arrested no matter what. Is Ben right? If so, can he clear his friend? The series has turned a bit of a corner with this book, but longtime fans will not be disappointed in the slightest. The book is still packed with plenty of action and a mystery that keeps throwing us surprises until we reach the climax. Meanwhile, I laughed multiple times as I was reading the book. I enjoy studying early American history, so I enjoyed the fact that the storyline delved into that period a bit. The characters are as strong as ever and grow some again here. The series is aimed at middle graders, but it is on my auto buy list – for me. If you are looking for a fun, action packed book for any reader in your life, this is the book to get. Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus First of all, they had me snerking audibly by the end of the first page, which was good. Eight books (and this is not the last) in a series is a bit of a strain on the system for a school library, but darn it, Gibbs' never fails to amuse me even as I am contemplating how on earth I'm going to wedge in yet another book to the "G"s without moving a ton of stuff. So trust me: buy this, read this, and look forward to the next one! After his tussle in London taking down E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus First of all, they had me snerking audibly by the end of the first page, which was good. Eight books (and this is not the last) in a series is a bit of a strain on the system for a school library, but darn it, Gibbs' never fails to amuse me even as I am contemplating how on earth I'm going to wedge in yet another book to the "G"s without moving a ton of stuff. So trust me: buy this, read this, and look forward to the next one! After his tussle in London taking down SPYDER, Ben Ripley's parents have finally had to be told about his involvement in spy missions, because they are now the targets of assassination attempts. They are being put into the Witness Protection Program, and are surprisingly equianimous about it, asking if they could move to Florida and maybe get jobs dealing with pets or run an ice cream store. Ben is being recruited by Agent Nora Taco (Don't make fun of her name. Just don't. ) for a division that will identify and deal with double agents. Of course, things are never calm for long, and soon a conference room where they are supposed to have been meeting is hit by a rocket... fired by Erica Hale. Ben knows that Erica is too smart to do something like this and be caught, so he suspects she is being coerced and wants to be found out. Sure enough, she leaves her message sending teddy bear, FooFoo BinkyBum in his room with a cryptic message. Ben figures it out, meets her, and finds out that she has been forced by an evil society, the Croatoan, to attack the CIA. This society was started by the Spanish as a way to fight the British influence in the US, but of course has not gained much traction. Zoe thinks that Erica must be working for this new evil group, and tries to take Erica down. Soon, Ben, Mike and Erica's mother Catherine are sneaking into Mt. Vernon to find letters from George Washington and careening through the nearby neighborhood's in one of the estate's carriages. Ben manages to crack the code and start them on a hunt for Croatoan's evil lair, where they hope to uncover their newest evil plan. As always, there's a lot of action, close calls with plastic explosives being carted about in people's shorts, ever shifting allegiances and plans, and a day that absolutely must be saved. Strengths: The writing in these is just so funny, and Gibbs has a great knack for pacing as well. We get a little bit of almost romance thrown in, and the traveling around D.C. (in this case) is fascinating. Ben's parents have such a good sense of humor, the Hales are always intriguing (although we don't get quite as much of them in this book), and the kids at the school are always ready with a quip, knowledge of code, or some explosives. The Croatoan are a good enemy to put in place now that SPYDER has been vanquished, although I'm wondering who will be the adversary in the next book, which may take us to Nicaragua, where Murray Hill has been hanging out. Weaknesses: Gibbs has already proven that he can write a lot of different characters and settings, so I'm fine if the next book wraps up this series and he moves on to writing other, shorter series. That said, I may have read all 29 of the Lilian Jackson Braun Cat Who mysteries back in the day. What I really think: Trixie! Erica has a sister. I want to know so much more, which means I (as well as my students) need book nine right now.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Melanie Dulaney

    “Spy School” continues to be my favorite Stuart Gibbs series and shares in my top three action adventure series to recommend to strong readers in my 4th and 5th grade libraries. In the newest installment, team Erica-Ben have seemingly defeated their nemesis SPYDER and thwarted the double agents lurking in the CIA, but there is fallout from their success. In the midst of tying up all the loose ends, a new nefarious group emerges and seems to be responsible for innumerable anti-USA acts of terrori “Spy School” continues to be my favorite Stuart Gibbs series and shares in my top three action adventure series to recommend to strong readers in my 4th and 5th grade libraries. In the newest installment, team Erica-Ben have seemingly defeated their nemesis SPYDER and thwarted the double agents lurking in the CIA, but there is fallout from their success. In the midst of tying up all the loose ends, a new nefarious group emerges and seems to be responsible for innumerable anti-USA acts of terrorism from dumping tea to presidential assassinations and even the disappearance of the entire colony of Roanoke. (Thank you, Mr. Gibbs for solving that widely discussed mystery for early American enthusiasts everywhere!) Ben, Erica, Mike, Chip, Zoe, Jawa, Mama Hale, and a few new adult characters join together (or maybe not so together) to defeat Croatoan in their typical fashion—jumping from helicopters, blowing things up and even a frenetic horse and buggy ride. With his usual style, Gibbs creates a storyline that clearly couldn’t happen in real life but with such logic that readers may feel like shelving this one in with other realistic fiction. His writing is highly descriptive and his context-rich use of upper level vocabulary such as aghast, cacophony, dormancy, and reverberated (all in the same paragraph, no less) will expand readers’ word skills without them even being aware of it! All libraries, whether at home, public or school, should own this entire series and for those that already do, be sure that this one is on your next order. Content note: no profanity, violence is bloodless and entirely appropriate to defeating evil agents of doom, and while there is a hug and a significant face to face contact, there is nothing even approaching “sexual.” Thank you, Stuart Gibbs, for creating a book that is complex enough to interest even the grade 6-8 crowd, but free of anything that would keep it from the shelves of 4-5 grade students. Thanks for the dARC, Edelweiss.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Roaringwave

    I was kind of disappointed with this book. The whole Croatoan thing did not make as much sense as SPYDER, it doesn’t make sense that a spy organization would remain dedicated to a country they have no connection to anymore. But it is a middle-grade book so I guess it doesn’t have to make that much sense (let’s face it, I’ve read things that make far less sense). I’ll probably still continue to read the series.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Phoenix (Books with Wings)

    Oh right, I was gonna write a review on this. I forgot about that. Well, there's not much to say about this book. I feel like this series is getting really repetitive and it might be better if it was just ended already. If they finished SPYDER off in the last book, why do we need a whole other evil organization? When will it end? Another thing about this book: I'm not sure how to feel when the main characters are all white americans and the villains are...not americans, are people of another race Oh right, I was gonna write a review on this. I forgot about that. Well, there's not much to say about this book. I feel like this series is getting really repetitive and it might be better if it was just ended already. If they finished SPYDER off in the last book, why do we need a whole other evil organization? When will it end? Another thing about this book: I'm not sure how to feel when the main characters are all white americans and the villains are...not americans, are people of another race (in this case, hispanic). That just seems very weird for me to read. So I'm really really not sure how to feel about this book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Queenofpointe

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is AMAZING! I am obsessed with spy school books. I never knew Eric’s had a sister! This book was by far the best one yet! I would absolutely love if a movie was made based on this!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Henry France-Miller

    Even though it hasn't came out, it's still amazing. Even though it hasn't came out, it's still amazing.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Aakarsh

    Review Pending. 10/10. I am awaiting more of your works, Stuart. Maybe I should Read Funjungle?

  10. 5 out of 5

    Roman Peregrino

    Brought me back to the good old days. I do still love this series lol. The fact that Erica continues to give Ben DUST pains me but here we are.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rosie M. Banks

    I had so much fun reading this book. Gibbs is a master at slapstick comedy. I was chuckling the whole while at the ridiculous names, chipper personalities, and general incompetence of several CIA agents (or moles). Ha! You thought SPYDER was the only evil organization out there? Welcome to the Croatoan. Honestly, the Croatoan being an evil Spanish organization is the funniest conspiracy I have heard. (I don't really mean that. There are way too many conspiracy theories out there, like "mysteriou I had so much fun reading this book. Gibbs is a master at slapstick comedy. I was chuckling the whole while at the ridiculous names, chipper personalities, and general incompetence of several CIA agents (or moles). Ha! You thought SPYDER was the only evil organization out there? Welcome to the Croatoan. Honestly, the Croatoan being an evil Spanish organization is the funniest conspiracy I have heard. (I don't really mean that. There are way too many conspiracy theories out there, like "mysterious ballot dumps." In fact, Gibbs had to write an author's note where he warned us against conspiracy theories.) It's honestly not a bad theory about the Lost Colony. And learning about the true sneaky side of George Washington was news to me. That founding father has gone up in my esteem, what with his substitution ciphers and invisible inks. There's a whole new relationship arc with Ben and Erica, and a surprise Hale relative. I only have one problem, and that's Gibbs has done Zoe dirty. The way she acted in this book is contrary to her general personality, Gibbs made Zoe do things that she has frowned upon and said she would never do. Well, that's one way of getting out of a messy love triangle, I guess. If only it didn't affect one of my favorite characters in the series. Guess what? Chip is actually a genius. You all think he's so dumb, but really, he's way above your level, that you really don't understand him. And, we get another visit from our old friend Murray Hill, who is fatter and sloppier than ever. What can I say, evil comes in all forms. All in all, I loved this book, and am sad that I have to wait who knows how long for the next. I've been steadily reading this series ever since the first one came out, but, no one gets used to waiting a year for the next. Hurry up Stuart, write, write, write!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Yapha

    Any day I can read a new Stuart Gibbs book is a good day. This new addition to the Spy School Series continues the action packed adventures of Ben, Erica, Mike, and friends. Fans of the series will be thrilled to read it. Highly recommended for grades 4 & up. eARC provided by publisher via Edelweiss.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Yoni Z

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Stuart Gibbs I think that this book was really good. However, there were some parts of it that I did not like. While I liked the addition of a new Hale (who didn't know about the spy thing), I did not at all like how Zoe acted in this book. I will not say anything because of spoilers (even though I hid it, some who haven't read it will read this), but she was really out of character. I'd kinda get it if it was in the future, but at this time, I can't understand why. I know the whole love triangle Stuart Gibbs I think that this book was really good. However, there were some parts of it that I did not like. While I liked the addition of a new Hale (who didn't know about the spy thing), I did not at all like how Zoe acted in this book. I will not say anything because of spoilers (even though I hid it, some who haven't read it will read this), but she was really out of character. I'd kinda get it if it was in the future, but at this time, I can't understand why. I know the whole love triangle thing, but there were (in my opinion) other ways to deal with it. I just want to say, this is NOT a bad book. It's a great one. And really funny too. But I just can't handle the way Zoe acted, so I have to give it four stars. I repeat. This is NOT a bad book. But Zoe acted really weird, and I can't ignore that.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Nikhil L F1

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book was amazing! Ben and his team mates once again thwarted the plans of the enemy! At first, I thought Erica was a mole working for SPYDER, but then, I realized that the Croatoan had forced her to launch the RPG at Ben. Can't wait for book 9 to come out in 2021! This book was amazing! Ben and his team mates once again thwarted the plans of the enemy! At first, I thought Erica was a mole working for SPYDER, but then, I realized that the Croatoan had forced her to launch the RPG at Ben. Can't wait for book 9 to come out in 2021!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Heather Kim

    loved it like the other spy school books!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Hazel

    IT ENDED ON A CLIFFHANGER!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lisa D

    Loved it! Another great book in this series!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Erik Nilsen

    I love these books! I don't care if they're written for an audience about 30 years younger than me, judge me all you want. Stuart Gibbs tells fun stories, and I will fight you if you say otherwise. I love these books! I don't care if they're written for an audience about 30 years younger than me, judge me all you want. Stuart Gibbs tells fun stories, and I will fight you if you say otherwise.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Kokes

    Spy School Revolution was written by Stuart Gibbs, and is book eight in the Spy School series. Summary: Ben Ripley has finally bested SPYDER. But there is little time to relax-someone is already trying to kill him. Now Ben has a whole new evil organization out to get him, his parents, his friends, and the United States of America. How will he know who to trust when he finds out Erica was behind the attempt on his life? And will he be able to discover the enemy’s plans and stop them before it’s too l Spy School Revolution was written by Stuart Gibbs, and is book eight in the Spy School series. Summary: Ben Ripley has finally bested SPYDER. But there is little time to relax-someone is already trying to kill him. Now Ben has a whole new evil organization out to get him, his parents, his friends, and the United States of America. How will he know who to trust when he finds out Erica was behind the attempt on his life? And will he be able to discover the enemy’s plans and stop them before it’s too late? My Thoughts: Last year when I reviewed Spy School British Invasion, I just thought it looked like a fun book. I went back and read the previous books to get caught up, and just like that-I was hooked. And it wasn’t just me. I read all of the books out loud to the kids. We bought all of the audio books. My husband even listened to them. I can’t tell you how many times the kids have listened to the series all the way through, but it’s a lot. We actually go around quoting lines from this series. And we have waited on pins and needles for the next book. I read Spy School Revolution out loud to the kids, and they think it’s the best book yet. I am a little torn as I am pretty partial to Spy School Goes South, but I definitely like this one too. Now that SPYDER is gone, one would think the excitement level would die down, but this book is yet another whirlwind of non-stop action, suspense, and dastardly plans that need foiling. There is also plenty of humor mixed in, which kept us all laughing. This is a fantastic series, and yet another great book by Stuart Gibbs. I highly recommend the series to pretty much everyone I meet, and I will recommend it here too. The Spy School series is great. This book is great. Go buy it. The end. The only real problem is......how are we ever going to make it until the next one comes out? I would like to thank Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing for providing me with a digital copy of this book in exchange for my review. Thank you very much!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ezra Cotton

    Great book! It had lots of action and was a great addition to the Spy School series. There were many surprises in this book and I loved them all. This is a great book with lots of action as well and it kept me on the edge of my seat. Very exciting and fun!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Aiden Wong

    Other people: “how many stars would you rate this book?” Me: “Y E S”

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sara Doyle

    I received an ARC of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and were not affected by the free copy. I absolutely love the Spy School books, and this one did not disappoint! Ben and his friends have defeated SPYDER, and they are finally safe. Or are they? When Ben's parents discover the truth about his life, they agree to move into Witness Protection. Moments later, the CIA building is bombed...by Erica?! Ben would never, EVER, believe that Erica would I received an ARC of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and were not affected by the free copy. I absolutely love the Spy School books, and this one did not disappoint! Ben and his friends have defeated SPYDER, and they are finally safe. Or are they? When Ben's parents discover the truth about his life, they agree to move into Witness Protection. Moments later, the CIA building is bombed...by Erica?! Ben would never, EVER, believe that Erica would try to kill him, so his next mission is to prove that Erica did not do this. With the introduction of new evil group, an unexpected character twist, great character growth, and a whole lot of action, this book is perfect for those "books are boring" kids. It's fast paced (the first explosion happens in the first chapter), it's funny, and relatable (minus the being a spy/chasing bad guys part). In fact, my nephew got hooked on reading partially because of this series. I will definitely keep recommending this book out.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Aidan

    Great book. I wonder what is going to happen next book. A little curious why there wasn't a sneak peek at what the next one will be about, (unless the ending IS the sneak peek?!). Just for the record, bad timing Chip, bad timing. ;) Overall amazing book, once I read a short sneak peek at the end of the last book I knew this one was going to be good. I was right. I was not expecting everything that happened in this book thought, and I liked that. There is nothing I like less than a book I know wha Great book. I wonder what is going to happen next book. A little curious why there wasn't a sneak peek at what the next one will be about, (unless the ending IS the sneak peek?!). Just for the record, bad timing Chip, bad timing. ;) Overall amazing book, once I read a short sneak peek at the end of the last book I knew this one was going to be good. I was right. I was not expecting everything that happened in this book thought, and I liked that. There is nothing I like less than a book I know what is going to happen before I read it for the first time. I am giving it a 8/5 stars for sure (if I could do that).

  24. 5 out of 5

    Maddy

    I just BARELY got around to reading the one before this! Man I love Stuart Gibbs. He's just as good as Uncle Rick. Due to #corona I think I might just reread the series before this one comes out for a little refresh... Full review coming soon. I just BARELY got around to reading the one before this! Man I love Stuart Gibbs. He's just as good as Uncle Rick. Due to #corona I think I might just reread the series before this one comes out for a little refresh... Full review coming soon.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Wong AC

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Spy School Revolution is a very well thought out book- in a nutshell. No matter what, Gibbs always has us longing for the next book to arrive as soon as possible. Content: (Spoilers) Erica is blackmailed by the Croatoan into killing Benjamin Ripley or her sister, Trixie, would die. Ben was currently speaking to his parents about the Witness Federal Protection Programme with Alexander Hale and two other agents, Nora Taco and Heather Durkee, because in SSBI Ben’s parents’ location and identity were Spy School Revolution is a very well thought out book- in a nutshell. No matter what, Gibbs always has us longing for the next book to arrive as soon as possible. Content: (Spoilers) Erica is blackmailed by the Croatoan into killing Benjamin Ripley or her sister, Trixie, would die. Ben was currently speaking to his parents about the Witness Federal Protection Programme with Alexander Hale and two other agents, Nora Taco and Heather Durkee, because in SSBI Ben’s parents’ location and identity were compromised. However, the conference room next door blows up after Erica Hale fires a RPG at it. Apparently, that conference room was the conference room that Ben and his parents were supposed to be in, but they had been moved. Out of all the friends that he had spoken to about Erica blowing up the conference room, only Mike believes him fully. Ben realizes Erica left him a message via a teddy bear in his room. He crackes the code in the message and figures out Erica’s location, before he and Zoe, with the help of Mike and Cyrus, go and find Erica. After they meet Erica, Zoe betrays both of them by contacting the CIA and compromising Erica’s location. Erica speaks to Ben about the Croatoan and Ben, along with Catherine Hale and Mike, (without Erica) goes to Mount Vernon in order to retrieve Croatoan documents that were hidden by Thomas Jefferson. With the help of Thomas Jefferson’s journal, Ben figures out the location of the files. During their escape from Mount Vernon, Catherine has no choice but to abandon Ben so that George Washington’s document would be safe from the Croatoan. Ben, Catherine and Mike meet up at Ben and Mike’s burrow, after Zoe finds Ben again in the burrow, threatening to arrest him. In the end, they finally figure out the true meaning of the message in George Washington’s letter and also meet Erica. Soon, they head down to the Croatoan headquarters and after some events, they are found by the DADD, the Double Agent Detection Division by Agent Nora Taco. Ben and the rest are captured and put into cells, before they put under the Federal Witness Protection Programme by Agent Durkee. Agent Durkee turns out to be El Capitan, leader of the Croatoan and kidnap Ben, Mike, Catherine, and Erica. Both women are knocked out by Durkee’s taser. Ben meets Murray Hill when he is being escorted to a room above the Bowl-O-Rama, the local bowling alley to be taken hostage by Agent Durkee. Murray Hill gives Agent Durkee RDX explosive in exchange for a briefcase of money. Ben and Mike meet Ben’s parents in the room while Erica and Catherine are thrown into another, still unconscious. Ben and Mike, along with Ben’s parents, escape by blowing up the door. Erica and Catherine are awakened by the explosion. All of them manage to escape and go to a pancake place before returning to Spy School. Ben, Chip and Jawa brainstorm but have no luck. Ben falls asleep but wakes up when Erica enters his room. We see some romance here. Chip then walks in on them. Gibbs mentions that Ben was although not a violent person, he was seriously giving thought to throttling Chip or knocking him out so that Ben and Erica could be alone again. Jawa and Mike also enter the room and they discuss for a bit before figuring out the Croatoan’s real plan. Alexander flies them in via Orion’s helicopter which was given to him by Orion. However, because of some fighter jets, Catherine tells everyone that they are unable to proceed with the mission. Erica defies her and jumps off the helicopter. Ben takes on Agent Durkee while Erica tackles Durkee’s henchman. Ben is able to stop the attack. In the end, Trixie visits Ben when Ben is recuperating for his injuries. Trixie mentions that she had always wanted to see the person her sister liked and said that Erica had already mentioned him 4 times. Mike walks into the room and both Trixie and Mike are attracted to each other. Mike then tells Ben where Murray Hill had been after Paris after Trixie left the room, unaware she was eavesdropping on them. Trixie enters the room again and demands Ben and Mike tell Trixie the truth about her family. Overall, it was a great book that kept me hanging. This book is very well developed and would be worth a try reading. Any cons? I don’t think I can find many, except the fact that Gibbs does not remember his character’s minor details well. He mistakenly writes something wrong about one character each time. Go get the book. That’s all I can tell you.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tonja Drecker

    This is the eighth book in the series, and it still manages to hold all of the action, excitement, and thrilling fun that every single book has had up until now. In other words, it's good. The evil group SPYDER has been defeated, and now, it's time for Ben to lay back and relax. Well, that was his plan until the CIA conference rooms are bombed. It doesn't take long to figure out that the attack was actually aimed at him and was at the hands of no one else than one of his own friends. While this c This is the eighth book in the series, and it still manages to hold all of the action, excitement, and thrilling fun that every single book has had up until now. In other words, it's good. The evil group SPYDER has been defeated, and now, it's time for Ben to lay back and relax. Well, that was his plan until the CIA conference rooms are bombed. It doesn't take long to figure out that the attack was actually aimed at him and was at the hands of no one else than one of his own friends. While this causes more than a little inner conflict, he doesn't have time to ponder as not only his life, but those of his parents are suddenly at stake. A new evil has emerged, one that dates back to the beginning of US history...and he's the only one who can stop them. I was sure that with the defeat of SPYDER, the series would be nearing it's end, but the author has proven that thought completely wrong. This book does take a sudden twist with the series up to now, and that...young readers...is a good thing. There are thrills, there are 'edge-of-the-seat' moments, bombs explode, dives from the sky shoot the adrenalin levels beyond the clouds, danger lurks around every corner, and secrets are thicker than mud. It's fast paced and non-stop action. And that's not all. This book also incorporates a bit of history and takes a look at the first towns founded in the US. I had to smile and appreciated the way the author 'discovers' the solution to the disappearing colony of Roanoke and incorporates a few facts on the sidelines. But then, this tale (like the others) dances wonderfully along reality's border and crosses over into exciting adventure, which of course, is not possible, but does set dreams free and let readers wish they could take on a secret organization themselves. To say that the characters are fun is an understatement, and this book adds a delicious twist. Anyone who loves amazing spy stories and non-stop excitement is going to enjoy this series. And this book, although it's already number eight, does not come close to disappointing. The author has found the perfect recipe, followed it to a 't', and come up with another flawless adventure. I received a complimentary copy and enjoyed the adventure immensely.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lily Reads

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Whoa, whoa, whoa....wait a minute...it’s over already? Why didn’t Zoe believe them? Why such a cliffhanger in the end? Where is Erica in the last chapter? Where is Murray? I have so many questions! Honestly, I cannot believe how everything played out in this book! I am just so surprised. I don’t know if I’ll be able to wait a whole year for the next book! I thought I was Team Zoe but, I may be Team Erica now? Zoe’s been one of my favorite characters in the entire series. I am still making sense Whoa, whoa, whoa....wait a minute...it’s over already? Why didn’t Zoe believe them? Why such a cliffhanger in the end? Where is Erica in the last chapter? Where is Murray? I have so many questions! Honestly, I cannot believe how everything played out in this book! I am just so surprised. I don’t know if I’ll be able to wait a whole year for the next book! I thought I was Team Zoe but, I may be Team Erica now? Zoe’s been one of my favorite characters in the entire series. I am still making sense of everything. I kinda want a conversation between Zoe and Ben! I still don’t know how Zoe didn’t him after all they’ve been through. One of my favorite lines in Spy School British Invasion had been in the end; “But I had something much more important to focus on first. I sat back against the wall of the helicopter, placed my head against Zoe’s shoulder…And fell fast asleep.” I just wanted to jump into the book and hug both of them! I mean I kinda get why Zoe is doing what she’s doing. She wants to protect Ben! And I know she said sorry for not believing him...but she of all people should believe him! How is Cyrus now? Do the CIA still think he’s going senile? Guess I’ll find out later? My overall rating: Obviously, FIVE STARS (per usual with Stuart Gibbs’s books). ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ I bought this book on my own and this is my own personal opinion and rating.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jasmine

    3.5/5 stars. I absolutely loved this series in elementary, so of course, when I heard that there was a new book, I had to read it. Overall, it was a good read, nothing particularly bad but unfortunately nothing particularly amazing either. I don’t know if my sense of humor of changed since then, but I found some of the jokes in this book dragged out and were repeated one too many times (Ex. DADD). However, it was still a fun book to read, and I had no trouble finishing it. I love the introductio 3.5/5 stars. I absolutely loved this series in elementary, so of course, when I heard that there was a new book, I had to read it. Overall, it was a good read, nothing particularly bad but unfortunately nothing particularly amazing either. I don’t know if my sense of humor of changed since then, but I found some of the jokes in this book dragged out and were repeated one too many times (Ex. DADD). However, it was still a fun book to read, and I had no trouble finishing it. I love the introduction of a new evil organization, but I found the introduction to not be wonderful, in that the motivation of Croatoan was unclear. The final thwarted plot was still not like the previous attacks in which the Croatoan was subtle and always put the blame on someone else. I will probably still read the ninth book when it comes out, because I’m still kind of interested. I love the characters and the snark in this series. How is the Ben/Erica/Zoe love triangle still going on after 8 books??? I thought it was over after Mike and Zoe bonded over the font thing in one of the previous books? How is the entire series still unfinished? It’s been 8 books, and one defeated evil organization. I think ending after SSBI and the defeat of SPYDER would have been a great way to wrap up a series, and 2 evil organizations in one series is a lot.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jake Mason

    Spy School Revolution is the most current book in a great series. The setting occurs in Washington, D.C. in the present-day but centers around the Revolutionary War as well. The main characters are Ben and Erica, but this time Erica is the bad guy, or is she? Ben gets to tell his parents that he is in a secret spy school, but then Erica blows the room up. This story is great, but I don’t think it is my favorite of the series. I like the new villain, and I am excited to see where Stuart Gibbs goe Spy School Revolution is the most current book in a great series. The setting occurs in Washington, D.C. in the present-day but centers around the Revolutionary War as well. The main characters are Ben and Erica, but this time Erica is the bad guy, or is she? Ben gets to tell his parents that he is in a secret spy school, but then Erica blows the room up. This story is great, but I don’t think it is my favorite of the series. I like the new villain, and I am excited to see where Stuart Gibbs goes with this storyline. The mole in the government is getting a bit old, but it doesn’t ruin the book. I love how the author incorporated the Revolutionary War without making it feel out of place. Also, I can’t say enough about how amazing these characters are. The plot is so believable even though it sounds ridiculous with kids in a spy school. But the characters all act like normal kids with normal kid problems. I really recommend this book and series to any kid or teenager from ages 8 to 13.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Treyden Stringham

    Stuart Gibbs is the single best author and his books are wonderful. I’ve read every single series except for The Last Musketeer, but I’ll get to that soon. My personal favorite series is the Spy School series and I have to say that you got everything right. I read the newest book Spy School: Revolution and it was honestly fantastic. I mean all of his books are fantastic, but it’s just that it’s the newest one so it’s more exciting. I will not tell any spoilers because I’m a strong believer in th Stuart Gibbs is the single best author and his books are wonderful. I’ve read every single series except for The Last Musketeer, but I’ll get to that soon. My personal favorite series is the Spy School series and I have to say that you got everything right. I read the newest book Spy School: Revolution and it was honestly fantastic. I mean all of his books are fantastic, but it’s just that it’s the newest one so it’s more exciting. I will not tell any spoilers because I’m a strong believer in that, but the story is they have another mission, go on another great adventure and just in time Benjamin figures everything out in their biggest plot yet. There is not a single thing that I dislike about the book. The only thing that I dislike is that I wish it came out faster because I go through those books so quickly. This is just the newest book so I would recommend that you go and read the first six books so that it makes sense, but even so I do highly recommend this book and I hope you enjoy it, too.

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