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 Spy School : the graphic novel (Spy School)
 Author: Gibbs, Stuart

 Publisher:  Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (2022)

 Dewey: 741.5
 Classification: Nonfiction
 Physical Description: 281 p., col. ill., 21 cm

 BTSB No: 376525 ISBN: 9781534455436
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Graphic novels
 Spies -- Fiction
 School stories

Price: $19.08

Ben Ripley 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 C.I.A. academy. Ben becomes an undercover agent and goes on his first assignment in this graphic novel adaptation of SPY SCHOOL.

 Illustrator: Sarkar, Anjan

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 3.20
   Points: 2.0   Quiz: 515176

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 01/01/2022 Gr 4–7—In this graphic novel adaptation of the popular prose books, Ben Ripley is recruited into the CIA's Academy of Espionage due to his enthusiastic gaming abilities and his exceptional math skills. As Ben tries to adapt to life at his new top-secret school, he unwittingly becomes the target of a deadly assassin. Someone is mistakenly after Ben because of false data placed in his file, but how were they able to access classified information on the school mainframe? Several members of the school administration and Ben's new classmates offer him protection, but it's difficult to trust a group of spies who are mastering the art of deception. Gibbs's first book in the series seamlessly translates into a comic format, which allows the action to take center stage. Readers will be enthralled by the rapid sequencing as Sarkar stylishly presents the narrative, deftly balancing text and visuals. Although this new version is full of visual energy, it's not without the twists and turns of the original text. Gibbs's unique brand of humor comes through, as there are ample laughs throughout the book. Ben is white; several of his classmates are people of color. VERDICT With a fast-paced plot and striking illustrations, the graphic novel version of this story will be a definite hit among established fans as well as newcomers to the series.—Claire Moore - Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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