Bound To Stay Bound

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 Spy School at sea (Spy School)
 Author: Gibbs, Stuart

 Publisher:  Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (2021)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 341 p.,  22 cm

 BTSB No: 376484 ISBN: 9781534479432
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Spies -- Fiction
 Adventure fiction
 Ocean travel -- Fiction

Price: $23.28

Thanks to the evidence Ben uncovered, the CIA has tracked his nemesis, Murray Hill, to Central America where they believe he will board the world's biggest cruise ship to hatch his next evil plot. The CIA and MI6 want to find out what Murray is plotting, so Ben is sent undercover with a team to pose as a family, but as usual, nothing goes according to plan.

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 6.10
   Points: 12.0   Quiz: 512688

   Kirkus Reviews (07/01/21)
   School Library Journal (08/01/21)

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School Library Journal - 08/01/2021 Gr 5–8—Ben Ripley, CIA agent-in-training, is back in book number nine in the "Spy School" series for a new adventure—this time on the open sea. Ben, Mike, and Erica are assigned to a mission pretending to be the kids of Catherine and Arthur Hale, on a family vacation aboard a fancy new cruise ship Emperor of the Seas in search of the notorious Murray Hill. Ben must once again stay undercover and work with Erica (who he may or may not have a crush on), all while trying to catch the bad guys and stay alive. With surprise appearances from familiar series characters and time quickly running out, this may be one of Ben's biggest missions yet. Gibbs, as always, provides minor introductions and recaps to allow new readers to follow along. Those familiar with the series and characters will enjoy the continuation of some plotlines; however the mission itself provides a main plot that is contained solely to this novel. With the mission beginning almost immediately, the book provides the nonstop action/adventure readers have grown to expect from the crew. VERDICT Another solid title in the series. Recommended purchase for all libraries where plucky kid sleuths and the "Spy School" is popular.—Elizabeth Portillo, Finkelstein Memorial Lib., Spring Valley, NY - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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