Spy School Goes South (Spy School, #6)
Ben is taken to Mexico by his nemesis in the hopes that he’ll finally be able to take down SPYDER in this latest addition to the New York Times bestselling Spy School series.Thirteen-year-old Ben Ripley has been caught in the snares of SPYDER more than once and knows well enough to be suspicious of anything that seems too good to be true—despite needing special tutoring in advanced survival techniques. So when Murray Hill finally breaks his silence with an offer to hand over the SPYDER elite, Ben knows that there must be something going on. But his hesitation doesn’t stop the assignment.The Mission: Follow Murray Hill to an undisclosed location with no one else but Erica Hale to identify SPYDER leadership. Once found, contact the CIA to sweep in and finish the job. DO NOT CONTACT SPYDER DIRECTLY.However, as Ben suspected, nothing goes as planned, and what should be an easy mission quickly turns deadly. Now, Ben and Erica will have to face rogue agents, trained killers, and even very hungry crocodiles in a race against the clock to find out what SPYDER is up to this time—and thwart their evil plans.

Spy School Goes South (Spy School, #6) Details

TitleSpy School Goes South (Spy School, #6)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 3rd, 2019
PublisherSimon Schuster Books for Young Readers
ISBN-139781481477864
Rating
GenreMystery, Fiction, Childrens, Middle Grade, Young Adult, Adventure, Spy Thriller, Espionage, Realistic Fiction, Action, Juvenile

Spy School Goes South (Spy School, #6) Review

  • Melanie Dulaney
    January 1, 1970
    I need 4.5 stars for this one. It’s not a life-changing, wow’ed me 5,but close. I really think that Spy School is Stuart Gibbs’ best series. His characters in it are far more fleshed out, diverse, and interesting than in FunJungle and Moon Base Alpha...and I like those, too. But Erica and Ben’s missions to unmask and disarm SPYDER are always filled with interesting twists, great settings and even laughter. “Goes South” is no different. This time the duo is in Mexico and are joined by Mike and Zo I need 4.5 stars for this one. It’s not a life-changing, wow’ed me 5,but close. I really think that Spy School is Stuart Gibbs’ best series. His characters in it are far more fleshed out, diverse, and interesting than in FunJungle and Moon Base Alpha...and I like those, too. But Erica and Ben’s missions to unmask and disarm SPYDER are always filled with interesting twists, great settings and even laughter. “Goes South” is no different. This time the duo is in Mexico and are joined by Mike and Zoe and a few others. SPYDER, of course, has plans to destroy things and make billions. Along the way, Gibbs gives us the Fifth Farkle Fabulous Fiesta and Aunt Edna plus radioactive mutant guanacos to make readers laugh until they cry, or maybe that’s just me. Libraries who have Stuart Gibbs’ books and readers who love them already need to continue buying them. Those who have not yet discovered Spy School could start with this one and work backwards or just go buy all six in one fell swoop. I recommend Spy School Goes South with no reservations. It is free of any profanity, sexual content and even the fight scenes are handled without blatant blood or gore. Thanks for the dARC, Edelweiss.
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  • Mark Baker
    January 1, 1970
    Spy in training Ben Ripley is shocked when Murray Hill asks to speak to him. This junior SPYDER agent hasn't said a word since he's been captured several weeks ago, but now he has agreed to lead Ben to the evil organization's secret headquarters, but he will only reveal this location to Ben and Erica Hale after they have left. Unfortunately, Ben's suspicion that it might be a trap are proved true, and he and his friends find themselves stranded in Mexico. Is SPYDER really nearby? Can Ben stop th Spy in training Ben Ripley is shocked when Murray Hill asks to speak to him. This junior SPYDER agent hasn't said a word since he's been captured several weeks ago, but now he has agreed to lead Ben to the evil organization's secret headquarters, but he will only reveal this location to Ben and Erica Hale after they have left. Unfortunately, Ben's suspicion that it might be a trap are proved true, and he and his friends find themselves stranded in Mexico. Is SPYDER really nearby? Can Ben stop their newest plan? Or will they even make it back to civilization?Those familiar with this series will know exactly what to expect from this book, and they won't be disappointed. If you haven't found Ben's wonderful adventures, you are in for a treat. The action is non-stop with plenty of twists along the way that keep the pages flying. Yet there is still enough time for the characters to get some development. There is definitely more to them than we see on the surface. And there is plenty of humor; in fact, I might have been laughing out loud while reading one part. If you are new to the series, you might want to back up and read them in order. Trust me, you'll find yourself reading all of them and thinking of some kids you can pass these great books on to.Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
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  • Graham P
    January 1, 1970
    It was a really good book. Has a lot of suspense. I would definitely recommend it.
  • M
    January 1, 1970
    I'm so happy this didn't go south.Some things were a bit cheesy, but this is a middle grade spy novel, so it's pretty much expected. There was harsher language, similar to what was in book one, (all the alternative for crud, not awful) but at its core this was the same-one big fat beautiful joke.Erica's development is really working for me honestly, and though Zoe and Ben got weird, their love triangle thing is still humorous and jokingly enough to make me borderline enjoy it (and I despise love I'm so happy this didn't go south.Some things were a bit cheesy, but this is a middle grade spy novel, so it's pretty much expected. There was harsher language, similar to what was in book one, (all the alternative for crud, not awful) but at its core this was the same-one big fat beautiful joke.Erica's development is really working for me honestly, and though Zoe and Ben got weird, their love triangle thing is still humorous and jokingly enough to make me borderline enjoy it (and I despise love triangles.) Mike was the same, but that's really okay. His line where they thought they were going to die for real to Ben was so sweet. And CATHERINE came back, which is great.I was still having fun, reading earnestly, and laughing along through this, trying to read while my teachers were taking notes on the board. It was a lot more interesting than geometry and ancient India.And as for the late Mrs. Gibbs, I hope you are alright wherever you are. I didn't know you passed away until the acknowledgements and I'm deeply sorry, Stuart Gibbs, if you ever see this.
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  • Ms. Yingling
    January 1, 1970
    E ARC from Edelweiss PlusMurray is ready to talk, but only to Ben. He's turned over a new leaf, gotten some exercise, lost some weight, and is ready to turn over SPYDER's secret whereabouts. Cyrus decides that Erica and Ben should go, because they will work better in a stealth situation, so they are soon on a plane headed south. Zoe and Mike decides to stow away, and of course things start to go wrong. Murray is double crossing them, (it's not a spoiler if you expect it to happen, right?), and s E ARC from Edelweiss PlusMurray is ready to talk, but only to Ben. He's turned over a new leaf, gotten some exercise, lost some weight, and is ready to turn over SPYDER's secret whereabouts. Cyrus decides that Erica and Ben should go, because they will work better in a stealth situation, so they are soon on a plane headed south. Zoe and Mike decides to stow away, and of course things start to go wrong. Murray is double crossing them, (it's not a spoiler if you expect it to happen, right?), and soon they are crash landing in the jungle in Mexico. NOT the Mexico of picture postcards, but the Mexico with crocodiles and clouds of mosquitoes. They eventually make their way to the resort where the SPYDER headquarters has been moved, and infiltrate it by pretending to be associated with the Farkle Family Fiesta taking place. This provides a room (via a stolen credit card) and camouflage (family t shirt). They manage to infiltrate it, only to have Ben decide that he couldn't let a former nemesis be killed, so he saves Paul Lee. Saddled with their newest evil criminal as well as Murray, Ben and Erica have to salvage the mission. They have to deal with Ashley and Warren as well, but thankfully Erica's mother shows up. After much adventure and mayhem, we're still not much closer to taking down SPYDER, although Ben has made some progress on his romantic life, which means we have more adventures to look forward to in book seven!Strengths: You know how, as an adult, you read things like Lillian Jackson Braun's 29 book Cat Who mysteries? And you don't think about character development or plot or literary merit? You just read them because they are fun to read? Gibbs' writing is just so much fun that I definitely fall into this trap, especially on a Sunday afternoon. These books are all hysterically funny, with deft turns of phrase, improbably schemes, and great characters. I am especially fond of Erica because she is so skilled and competent. Can she fly the airplane they are in that is crashing to the ground? Well, she's flown OTHER planes, so why not? Ben is actually very complex-- he has a brilliant mind for fighting criminals, but his survival and defense skills are weak, which intrigues me. Great stuff.Weaknesses: My biggest Gibbs fan has gone on to the high school. Excuse me while I go weep.What I really think: Definitely purchasing, although seven books is about as long as a middle school series needs to be.
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  • Darius Murretti
    January 1, 1970
    I agree with Melanie Dulaney that this is an almost 5 stars book . It lacked the emotional definition of earlier books . Ben is now established in spy school so we are done with the drama of his old life vs his new life . His friend Mike is now part of his new life so that drama is spent. At times its was a bit silly and shallow but that is its genre --its a light- comical -action -tough girl -kids book . Still I felt it was tastefully done and parts of the young teen emotions were authentic and I agree with Melanie Dulaney that this is an almost 5 stars book . It lacked the emotional definition of earlier books . Ben is now established in spy school so we are done with the drama of his old life vs his new life . His friend Mike is now part of his new life so that drama is spent. At times its was a bit silly and shallow but that is its genre --its a light- comical -action -tough girl -kids book . Still I felt it was tastefully done and parts of the young teen emotions were authentic and real . It was a fun read and I did not once think of quitting but enjoyed it from cover to cover especially Gibbs message about Donald Trump and Climate Change .I agree with Gibbs that all scientific research proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that unless drastic action is taken to reduce green house gas emissions and deforestation this world will be a shitty place to live in 75 years .I am vegetarian , ride a bike , don't have a dryer -use a clothes line and grow local produce for my community. The meat industry generates more greenhouse gasses( methane and deforestation ) than all the cars , airplanes and coal fires power plants combined. Trump and Bush have something in common --they both turn the USA in to a very unpopular nation with their irresponsible politics 👎. God gave human being the faculty of discriminationn between right and wrong if we dont use it we are no better than animals . Also cases of reincarnation have now been proven ( as per https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5...) what people dont get is that they are not only condemming their grand children to live on a hot dry low oxygen planet but THEY will be reincarnating here themsleves . They will face what they have done and failed to do .For more information on Trump's withdrawal from the Paris agreement see : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_...
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  • Harli
    January 1, 1970
    This book was amazing! I love all the spy school books, and so does my younger brother. We will play spy school often. My family also listened to the audio versions and loved them. I recommend those as well. This book was a home run for sure!
  • Favour Egbune
    January 1, 1970
    First of all, I would like to give my absolute condolences to the author for his loss. This was shocking, and I pray that he, Dash, Violet and the rest of his family will all live long lives and get to see a world where climate change has been controlled and elephants still roam the earth. Unsurprisingly, this book was hilarious. I liked not ever being fully sure if Murray had changed or not, though he was an unquestionable scumbag. The tension between Zoe, Erica, and Ben was unexpected and welc First of all, I would like to give my absolute condolences to the author for his loss. This was shocking, and I pray that he, Dash, Violet and the rest of his family will all live long lives and get to see a world where climate change has been controlled and elephants still roam the earth. Unsurprisingly, this book was hilarious. I liked not ever being fully sure if Murray had changed or not, though he was an unquestionable scumbag. The tension between Zoe, Erica, and Ben was unexpected and welcome, but I have to take sides on this: Zoe x Ben for the win! Because no matter how Ben tries to slice it, it'll always be true Erica cares more about the mission than him. Also, crocodiles! I don't know why, but despite always hearing about how crocodiles eating the agents comes up in stories, I never actually read a story involving them. Until now. That's one more thing checked off my bucket list. I'm not entirely sure how to feel about the ending. This is really the first time it's ended in any type of cliffhanger, and Murray being the one leading it off feels kind of off. However, I can't wait to get my hands on the next book, which I'm pretty sure will have M16 involved. Maybe we'll see that annoying redhead from Spy Camp again, Claire. Keeping an eye out for a Spy School movie!
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  • Lenni Jones
    January 1, 1970
    I was scared to read this book. I’ve loved this series and this author for years now, but one of my friends said this was the worst book Stuart Gibbs wrote. I’m happy I didn’t listen to him because, personally, I thought this one was pretty great. Except for some annoying romantic drama, this book flew by and captured me. I found myself craving the warm summer weather that is currently leaving my area.I don’t know why my friend thought this book was so awful. I thought it was pretty funny and I’ I was scared to read this book. I’ve loved this series and this author for years now, but one of my friends said this was the worst book Stuart Gibbs wrote. I’m happy I didn’t listen to him because, personally, I thought this one was pretty great. Except for some annoying romantic drama, this book flew by and captured me. I found myself craving the warm summer weather that is currently leaving my area.I don’t know why my friend thought this book was so awful. I thought it was pretty funny and I’m really enjoying the addition of Mike onto the team. He’s a great character. I’m also enjoyed the fact that we learn A LOT about SPYDER in this book. I just want to spoil everything, but I know that’s not fair.I’m super excited for book seven. Apparently it’s going to be the downfall of SPYDER once and for all! And, it’s takes place in England!!! So exciting!!!! I’m eagerly awaiting the next book, so Stuart Gibbs, PLEASE hurry!
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  • Cariadne
    January 1, 1970
    Kid is a huge fan of the series, but very disappointed with this one. While main character Ben was fine, all the other characters seemed different... and not in a good way if you go back to the 1st book. It's as if Zoe and Erica have lost their main essence, qualities that helped make these books such a hit. The love triangles have gotten kind of bizarre and turning the characters nutty, near unlikable and unrecognizable. Still, kid's a loyalist and giving 3.5 stars.
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  • Khandria
    January 1, 1970
    Actual 4.5 . I still loved it but there was something that strained credulity about how Murray kept being so murderous bad to Ben , Erica , Zoey and Mike and then reintegrating so casually into the group and how Joshua was so sparing of them then wanting to kill them the then wanting to talk to them ... but that is the genre childs humor and I had enough child in me to laugh at the absurdity of it. But I did love the romantic drama between Ben and Zoey I also like and understand Erica's prioriti Actual 4.5 . I still loved it but there was something that strained credulity about how Murray kept being so murderous bad to Ben , Erica , Zoey and Mike and then reintegrating so casually into the group and how Joshua was so sparing of them then wanting to kill them the then wanting to talk to them ... but that is the genre childs humor and I had enough child in me to laugh at the absurdity of it. But I did love the romantic drama between Ben and Zoey I also like and understand Erica's priorities she is what she has to be and does what she has to do I find it nobel and do respect it And I loved and respected Gibbs message about climate change I actually messaged ny state senator objecting to Trump's pulling teh uSA from the Paris Agreement and confirming that I have carefully studied the works of scientists on climate crisis and I have no shadow of a doubt that climate crisis will make this earth a hot dry low oxygen place to live within 75 years . (it took 2 minutes ) Please go to your state senators website and hit the comment button and object to Trump's withdrawing the usa from the Paris Agreement and if you believe that Climate crisis is scientifically proven to be caused by fossil fuel emission , methane from live stock farming and deforestation say so and request action to mitigate climate crisis
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  • Thomas Chung
    January 1, 1970
    When Ben and Erica get insight into where SPYDER is hiding, they are sent on a reconnaissance mission. However, as they fly into Mexico, things start going wrong. Rockets, hand-to-hand combat, grenade launchers, and more are in this action-packed novel. Will Ben and his team be able to save the day? I would recommend this book for people that want a novel that would keep them at the edge of their seats because this book has never-ending action. Also, the character development and Ben's thoughts When Ben and Erica get insight into where SPYDER is hiding, they are sent on a reconnaissance mission. However, as they fly into Mexico, things start going wrong. Rockets, hand-to-hand combat, grenade launchers, and more are in this action-packed novel. Will Ben and his team be able to save the day? I would recommend this book for people that want a novel that would keep them at the edge of their seats because this book has never-ending action. Also, the character development and Ben's thoughts throughout the book really add depth to the book and make the book even better. I would recommend this book for people that like action and adventure.
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  • Ellie Emmelhainz
    January 1, 1970
    Ok. Is it bad that i kinda ship Ben with Zoe instead of Erica? just what Erica said to Ben about not caring about him kinda broke that ship for me, ya know? Murphey needs to collect himself also. He was all over the place and i really didn't know which side he is actually on. but i still loved it. i was on a reading slump and this got me out of it.
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  • FACT CHECKING GIRL
    January 1, 1970
    I just love Stuarts gibbs Loving caring heart 💖
  • Nikhil
    January 1, 1970
    This is another great novel in the spy school series, it is packed full of action including plane crashes, alligator attacks, and muscular men shooting you why you are zip lining across a shark infested water tank. All though this is a great book, you do need to read all of the other books in the series in order first, because there were some confusing parts. After reading this book, I read one of the previous spy school books, and things became clearer. I would recommend this book to people loo This is another great novel in the spy school series, it is packed full of action including plane crashes, alligator attacks, and muscular men shooting you why you are zip lining across a shark infested water tank. All though this is a great book, you do need to read all of the other books in the series in order first, because there were some confusing parts. After reading this book, I read one of the previous spy school books, and things became clearer. I would recommend this book to people looking for a quick action packed read, if you haven't read the other books in the series first, I strongly recommend you read them as well.
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  • Tim Gordon
    January 1, 1970
    My guilty pleasure book series. I read the first one of the kids long ago, and they were completely not interested. I've enjoyed them, though.This one, unfortunately, has one really, really weak point. You probably know the one I'm talking about. The part that was apparently re-written because the author either (a) gives non-binding political agreements way too much credit or (b) has allowed his hate for Trump to give the man mystical evil powers.I probably should put this little rant in spoiler My guilty pleasure book series. I read the first one of the kids long ago, and they were completely not interested. I've enjoyed them, though.This one, unfortunately, has one really, really weak point. You probably know the one I'm talking about. The part that was apparently re-written because the author either (a) gives non-binding political agreements way too much credit or (b) has allowed his hate for Trump to give the man mystical evil powers.I probably should put this little rant in spoiler, so (view spoiler)[ telling the bad guy that his plan is stupid because it'll happen anyway in 100+ years is not exactly compelling. When the bad guy wants to make money NOW based on destruction, it should be pretty obvious that he's not going to have a whole lot of motivation to wait until he's dead to do the project. (hide spoiler)]It's otherwise a fun book. And fortunately this problem is only a couple pages long. But that's the problem with confusing politics with plot points: when the former takes over, the latter is at risk of not making any sense.
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  • Deacon Tom
    January 1, 1970
    I totally enjoyed this book. Why 2 stars? Making political statements to children against the president is a huge foul to me and poisoned the story. Although I agree with the statement, it is not to be pushed on unknowing chikdrem
  • Vena
    January 1, 1970
    Number of stars: 4.3 out of 5 starsGenre: Young adult mystery/adventureBest for ages: 12+Warnings: mild swearingFavorite quote: (This was the hardest part for me. There were so many hilarious quotes to choose from!)'Erica glared at Zoe even more icily than usual. "My great-great-grandfather once withstood three months of torture in a Confederate prison and didn't crack. And you cut a prisoner free after a few minutes of yodeling?"Murray apparently didn't want Zoe to get into deeper trouble, so h Number of stars: 4.3 out of 5 starsGenre: Young adult mystery/adventureBest for ages: 12+Warnings: mild swearingFavorite quote: (This was the hardest part for me. There were so many hilarious quotes to choose from!)'Erica glared at Zoe even more icily than usual. "My great-great-grandfather once withstood three months of torture in a Confederate prison and didn't crack. And you cut a prisoner free after a few minutes of yodeling?"Murray apparently didn't want Zoe to get into deeper trouble, so he came to her aid. He cocked his head back and yodeled at the top of his lungs. It was worse than I could have ever imagined. Fingernails being dragged down a chalkboard had nothing on Murray's yodeling. Paul Lee screamed in horror and curled into the fetal position again. Erica only made it a few syllables before yelling, "Stop!"Thankfully, Murray stopped. Blessed silence fell back over the room. "I owe you can apology," Erica told Zoe. "That ought to be banned by the Geneva Conventions as cruel and unusual punishment." She looked to Murray. "If you ever so much as think about yodeling again. I'll forcibly remove your voice box with my bare hands."Back cover summary: Agent: Ben RipleyMission: Operation Tiger Shark: Follow double agent Murray Hill to an undisclosed location to capture the leaders of SPYDER.Objectives: 1. Locate top-secret headquarters of SPYDER.2. Call the CIA for backup. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO BRING DOWN SPYDER YOURSELF.3. Be prepared, just in case something goes wrong. 4. Remember, when SPYDER is involved something always goes wrong. Warning: You may be taken out of the country. Don't trust anyone... or any resort buffet.My initial thoughts: What a hilarious, entertaining, and suspenseful sixth book of the Spy School series. Stuart Gibbs has outdone himself once again creating witty and funny dialogue, describing scenes so that you feel that you're right there alongside the gang, and bringing back the characters that we all know and love. At times I was on the edge of my seat, as our favorite spies-in-training fought crocodiles, jungles, spiders (the animals and the organization!), sharks, old enemies and Farkles. Spy School Goes South is a well written and hilarious book that appeals to both middle schoolers and anyone else who wants to read about young teens and the CIA. (I mean, who doesn't right?)My positive thoughts: I had such a fun time reading through this book. It was so good in fact, that I got through it in just one day! Readers of the series are immediately thrust back into the world of spies, secrets, and espionage as they read about the series' hero: Ben Ripley, and his gang of friends ( and enemies), and the top secret missions they have to complete. Most notably, is the evil organization: SPYDER and their plans to take over the world. Fortunately, Ben is there (most of the times) to save the day, with his math and logic skills, and his friends that save his life more times than you can count. I had a treat reading through the interesting plot, that makes you ask several times, 'What's going to happen next?' The humor and dialogue also makes this book more likable, as you remember that this book is still aimed at kids of a younger age. Plus, kudos to Gibbs for creating a kick-butt family of spies that is the Hale's. My negative thoughts: This was a pretty enjoyable book, that basically has no flaws in it. A couple of things that I didn't particularly like, however was the amount of cursing for a kids book. Of course, the term crap isn't a terrible word, it's just that it was used a bit more than I would particularly like. Another thing that I didn't really like was that I found the characters to have changed for the worse since the first book. Throughout the series, the characters have had development (some good, and some bad aspects) but they have stayed pretty much true to their initial personalities. I found that they had changed a lot during this last book. I realize that characters have to have some change for a book to be interesting, but I think that this was a bit much. For example, the characters were a bit more naïve than they were in past books, and characters were generally doing things that I thought wasn't like them. My final thoughts: a pretty well-written and entertaining 6th book in a series that I hope doesn't end for a while yet. I was intrigued yet again by the interesting plot and characters, as well as the humor that made me laugh more than what was probably appropriate. 4.3 out of 5 stars for a book and a series that I recommend to anyone who likes spies, espionage, intrigue, mystery, or who needs a good laugh.
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  • Maria Antonia
    January 1, 1970
    Basic Plot: SPYDER is at it again. Murray, who's been a prisoner at the Spy School since the events of the last book, is willing to lead Ben and Erica to SPYDER's headquarters. But things (obviously) go wrong. There's a plane crash and survival tactics come into play. And the best news is that SPYDER thinks they're all dead, which is perfect when you plan to infiltrate the enemies hide out.WHAT'S COOL...1) Ben's a great main character. I love how unassuming he is. And of course, juxtaposed again Basic Plot: SPYDER is at it again. Murray, who's been a prisoner at the Spy School since the events of the last book, is willing to lead Ben and Erica to SPYDER's headquarters. But things (obviously) go wrong. There's a plane crash and survival tactics come into play. And the best news is that SPYDER thinks they're all dead, which is perfect when you plan to infiltrate the enemies hide out.WHAT'S COOL...1) Ben's a great main character. I love how unassuming he is. And of course, juxtaposed against Erica... well, they make a great team.2) The Farkle Family Reunion was a fun method for the team of spies to fit in at the resort. I also like that this also turns out to be a bad decision.3) Love how Catherine Hale (Erica's mum) shows up.3) As always, the covers of these books are a fun way to introduce a basic plot of the novel!WHAT'S NOT COOL...1) Okay, this is where I start pointing out things I didn't like. And sadly, as this series continues, I find there's more and more things I don't like. Why is the CIA and SPYDER run by kids? (Other than Catherine Hale--and the body guards for SPYDER--there are no adults! Even Cyrus and Alexander Hale only pop in at the end, after it's all over.) I get it. The CIA has been infiltrated by SPYDER. But I still don't know why Joshua (maybe 18 or 19?) is the one in charge of the special red button that will blow things up!2) Speaking of the red button... not the most original plot device. I guess this is a spy novel, though.FINAL THOUGHTSMy rating is 3 Stars (out of 5) – This book was okay, but not as good as the first three in the series. I almost wish he'd stop writing this series as it becomes harder and harder to suspend disbelief. I'm guessing he's going to do at least one more since he seems to have set that up. Do I recommend this book. Sort of. Maybe? Only if you don't mind kids who make better spies then spies with years of training and experience.
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  • Becky B
    January 1, 1970
    The CIA has been trying desperately to get SPYDER operative Murray to talk. He hasn't given them anything, but suddenly he says he'll talk...to Ben Ripley. Murray offers to give up SPYDER's headquarters to Ben and Erica in a plane headed to a destination of his choosing. Wary, but desperate, the CIA agrees. And Ben, Erica, and some others are in for an adventure unlike any other down South.It's hard to talk about this one much without giving up plot twists (mainly because they happen pretty earl The CIA has been trying desperately to get SPYDER operative Murray to talk. He hasn't given them anything, but suddenly he says he'll talk...to Ben Ripley. Murray offers to give up SPYDER's headquarters to Ben and Erica in a plane headed to a destination of his choosing. Wary, but desperate, the CIA agrees. And Ben, Erica, and some others are in for an adventure unlike any other down South.It's hard to talk about this one much without giving up plot twists (mainly because they happen pretty early in the story). I can say that this was another fun adventure with Ben, Erica, and gang. Erica has a few things to learn in this story (finally!), and Ben does some important thinking about his relationship with Erica versus another young lady in his life. Other than that, it's them versus SPYDER in a tropical resort. This book ends in more of a cliffhanger than some of the other books in the Spy School series and I am extra eager to get my hands on the next book in the series. (P.S. If you read the author's thanks page be warned you may need tissues. It is a touching tribute to his late wife and the people who've helped him and his kids through the time since then.) Highly recommended to those looking for "safe" spy stories (see content notes) or highly engaging reads. I haven't found anyone who doesn't enjoy these stories.Notes on content: No language issues. No sexual content. Some scratches, bites, falls, broken bones and plenty of perilous situations etc., but the characters have an amazing ability to survive with minimal injuries. No gory descriptions or anything. (Two unnamed characters are reported to have probably died off page, but no gory description.)
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  • Mrs. Notton Class
    January 1, 1970
    The book, Spy School Goes South, by Stuart Gibbs is what Ben Ripley would call crazy, adventurous, and a little scary. Right before Spring break, in which Ben was going to be with his mother at the shopping mall instead of at the CIA, he is suddenly whisked onto a plane for a mission by Cyrus Hale, a retired spy to solve a very important question. They were so close to finding the answer to their big question until an event occurs that puts them back to step one. But after the sequence of event The book, Spy School Goes South, by Stuart Gibbs is what Ben Ripley would call crazy, adventurous, and a little scary. Right before Spring break, in which Ben was going to be with his mother at the shopping mall instead of at the CIA, he is suddenly whisked onto a plane for a mission by Cyrus Hale, a retired spy to solve a very important question. They were so close to finding the answer to their big question until an event occurs that puts them back to step one. But after the sequence of events, Ben and his team of spies from the CIA find themselves in the heart of the enemy, where everything strikes hard, and quickly. When the enemy strikes hard, they usually leave a major dent in the CIA. And because the CIA has lots of double agents that work for the enemy, the CIA is not to be trusted. Simple problems seem to add on to big problems, and make them more and more complex. And it turns out, that every problem has a not so simple solution. Throughout the book, Ben shows bravery, empathy, and passion to get the job done. He has continually made the impossible, possible. I think that this is a five star book and would recommend this book to fourth through sixth graders. Stuart Gibbs continually writes books that are mysterious, adventurous, and funny. Sometimes all of this rolled into one. Given that people are often under a different kind of stress then Ben is, for example getting good grades. I think people that would be able to understand what kind of frustration he goes through in all of his time in Spy School. I think that mostly boys would enjoy this book because there is always something new to look at and it is filled with action and adventure.
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  • Grace
    January 1, 1970
    Choice book #2 Quarter 3Spy School Goes South, by Stuart Gibbs, is a mystery book that takes place in a Mexican resort. Ben Ripley is on a mission again, to defeat SPYDER once and for all, but, like usual, things go wrong and Ben and the other agent find themselves in a tough situation. Main characters Ben Ripley is a spy-in-training for the CIA. He has thwarted all of SPYDER’s past plans and has gone on more missions than anyone else at spy school. One of his weaknesses is his martial arts; he Choice book #2 Quarter 3Spy School Goes South, by Stuart Gibbs, is a mystery book that takes place in a Mexican resort. Ben Ripley is on a mission again, to defeat SPYDER once and for all, but, like usual, things go wrong and Ben and the other agent find themselves in a tough situation. Main characters Ben Ripley is a spy-in-training for the CIA. He has thwarted all of SPYDER’s past plans and has gone on more missions than anyone else at spy school. One of his weaknesses is his martial arts; he can barely throw a punch. He also can’t be trusted with a gun. Ben is 13 years old.Erica Hale is also a spy-in-training for the CIA. She is a sixth year student, and the best spy in school. Erica is Ben’s crush.There two main conflicts in the book. First, Ben, Erica, Mike and Zoe obviously want to survive, but that’s always a conflict. Second, they need to track down SPYDER and not get killed by them either. ThemeThe author believes that risks can pay off.Text EvidenceBen took the risk to save the arms dealer(I can’t remember his name) that was working with SPYDER.Ben, Mike and Zoe took a risk swimming through the tunnel under the surface.Ben, Erica, Mike and Zoe all took a risk going on the mission in the first place.AnalysisI loved this book like all the other books in the series. It had so much fascinating information and painted a beautiful picture in my mind. I liked the setting of the book a lot. I desperately want to read the second book now!
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  • Tonja Drecker
    January 1, 1970
    This is the sixth book in the series, but that doesn't mean it needs to be read that way. I've only read a couple in the series, not in any particular order or anything, and it hasn't caused any troubles with diving into any of the books. This one isn't any different.Ben is head south thanks to a tip from double-spy Murray as to where the secret base of the evil organization SPYDER might be. He and his friends/colleagues soon find themselves in a heap more trouble than they ever expected. Stuck This is the sixth book in the series, but that doesn't mean it needs to be read that way. I've only read a couple in the series, not in any particular order or anything, and it hasn't caused any troubles with diving into any of the books. This one isn't any different.Ben is head south thanks to a tip from double-spy Murray as to where the secret base of the evil organization SPYDER might be. He and his friends/colleagues soon find themselves in a heap more trouble than they ever expected. Stuck in the exotic jungle of Mexico, they must fight for to survive not only when they come up against SPYDER but with the wilderness around them.I enjoyed this read from the very start to the very end. It's fast paced, constantly hitting with unexpected surprises, and building tension in every way possible. Which means tons of trouble for Ben. Every moment brings something new, but it layers together wonderfully and lets the story build and build. There isn't much time for character development or emotions, but considering this is the sixth adventure, that's fine. The only thing which irritated and felt a little out of place was the romance, and a triangle at that. Friends of spy stories, action, mystery, adventure and all with a bit of humor sprinkled in, are going to enjoy every minute of this tale.I received a complimentary copy and was so caught up in the adventure that I wanted to share my honest thoughts.
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  • Phinn
    January 1, 1970
    The book Spy School Goes South by Stuart Gibbs is a pretty good book about a kid who is an undercover spy student at the CIA's Academy of Espionage. The main character Ben is a second-year student and is called on a secret mission to thwart their nemesis, SPYDER. Ben however is only a novice in many of the skills needed to qualify as a spy and is worried about the mission. He does have an incredible ability with math, he is able to do complex equations in his head, and this proves to be helpful The book Spy School Goes South by Stuart Gibbs is a pretty good book about a kid who is an undercover spy student at the CIA's Academy of Espionage. The main character Ben is a second-year student and is called on a secret mission to thwart their nemesis, SPYDER. Ben however is only a novice in many of the skills needed to qualify as a spy and is worried about the mission. He does have an incredible ability with math, he is able to do complex equations in his head, and this proves to be helpful throughout their missions. Ben has been on several other missions in previous books and has successfully thwarted SPYDER's plans before, this is why he is being picked to do so this time. The book is very well written and Stuart Gibbs does a great job of illustrating the scenes of the book through figurative and descriptive language. There is a story being played out with many twists and turns that never leave any chapter with a boring scene. The characters have personalities that make the book funny and give it depth. These are some of the reasons why I would rate this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars, I would also recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a fiction book with lots of twists and turns and exciting bits of action.
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  • Mariano Antolin
    January 1, 1970
    Benjamin Riplry is finally back at it again, thwarting SPYDER’s plans, and saving the world once again with another book out. Ive been waiting for this book to come out for a really long time, and honestly, I was starting to lose all hope in another Spy School book coming out until I saw it in a book catalog. The book had me at the edge of my seat when Erica and Ben broke in to the hotel room, rescuing an enemy that would’ve killed them at any moment, so that they could figure out what SYPYDER, Benjamin Riplry is finally back at it again, thwarting SPYDER’s plans, and saving the world once again with another book out. Ive been waiting for this book to come out for a really long time, and honestly, I was starting to lose all hope in another Spy School book coming out until I saw it in a book catalog. The book had me at the edge of my seat when Erica and Ben broke in to the hotel room, rescuing an enemy that would’ve killed them at any moment, so that they could figure out what SYPYDER, the enemy agents were up to. I read a lot of reviews about the book being cheesier, and more childish. I tried to look from there point of view, and I did see a little bit of what they meant. It does seem a little but more of a cartoony book than it did before, but I guess it’s because more kids have been reading it, and it should be more appropriate for younger readers, therefore, its fine with me, as long as Ben gets to win in the end. I think the author could’ve made it a little more suspenseful this time, it was pretty obvious what was going to happen in the end of the book, and how they win every time, but i feel like all there other books try to mislead you. That’s all I’ve got otherwise! See you later.
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  • Barbara Hackel
    January 1, 1970
    The fun-interspersed with more reality than most of us experience-continues in the sixth book of this delightful series targeted for upper elementary-middle school age readers. It has the adventure and humor, along with a healthy dose of main character Ben Ripley knowing his short-comings as well as his strengths. Because of Ben wanting to save anyone from certain death (no matter how much they deserve it), the story takes some surprising turns and may have even awoken someone else's conscience. The fun-interspersed with more reality than most of us experience-continues in the sixth book of this delightful series targeted for upper elementary-middle school age readers. It has the adventure and humor, along with a healthy dose of main character Ben Ripley knowing his short-comings as well as his strengths. Because of Ben wanting to save anyone from certain death (no matter how much they deserve it), the story takes some surprising turns and may have even awoken someone else's conscience.There were serious and silly moments and characters all combined for a fun read that was over too soon. Along with the familiar students from Spy school, there were adults from past adventures that lived to fight again. Of course the reintroduction of previous villains is much more effective if you have read the series in order. It certainly is a book I would recommend to anyone who wants to have some adventures and laughs while safely sitting at home!
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  • McKenna
    January 1, 1970
    While I agree climate change may be a problem, ending a children’s book with a final note full of fear tactics in order to manipulate our thinking and telling us that we’re “sticking our heads in the sand” if we don’t agree with his politics and that scientists who don’t agree with him “don’t know what they’re talking about” is incredibly disgusting. It is the worst thing I can think of for an author writing books for young minds to do as we should be encouraged to think for ourselves.If he want While I agree climate change may be a problem, ending a children’s book with a final note full of fear tactics in order to manipulate our thinking and telling us that we’re “sticking our heads in the sand” if we don’t agree with his politics and that scientists who don’t agree with him “don’t know what they’re talking about” is incredibly disgusting. It is the worst thing I can think of for an author writing books for young minds to do as we should be encouraged to think for ourselves.If he wants to talk politics, alarm children, and scare us about the President’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Accords, there are a few things he should know: The United States has cut its carbon emissions more than any nation in the Paris Accords and our carbon dioxide reduction is more than double the next closest nation. The Paris Accords were never about the environment as much as they were about money.Even though I’m only a kid, I hope you’ll still listen to my voice.
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  • Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
    January 1, 1970
    Spy School Goes South (Spy School #6) by Stuart Gibbs, 335 pages. Simon, 2018. $18.Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: PG (lots of action, light description)BUYING ADVISORY: EL, MS - ESSENTIALAUDIENCE APPEAL: HIGHWelcome back to spy school. The evil traitor Murray Hill is ready to spill the beans about SPYDER, but he will only tell his secrets to Ben Ripley. Now Ben and Erica are headed somewhere with Murray in tow, and two stowaways – Mike and Zoe. They are only supposed to observe, but w Spy School Goes South (Spy School #6) by Stuart Gibbs, 335 pages. Simon, 2018. $18.Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: PG (lots of action, light description)BUYING ADVISORY: EL, MS - ESSENTIALAUDIENCE APPEAL: HIGHWelcome back to spy school. The evil traitor Murray Hill is ready to spill the beans about SPYDER, but he will only tell his secrets to Ben Ripley. Now Ben and Erica are headed somewhere with Murray in tow, and two stowaways – Mike and Zoe. They are only supposed to observe, but why observe when you might be able to take down the whole organization?With his signature flair, Gibbs takes us back to spy school in another dangerous, yet hilarious caper. So much danger mixed with valiant deeds. Sit back and enjoy the ride!Cindy, Middle School Librarian, MLShttps://kissthebookjr.blogspot.com/20...
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  • Cchurch
    January 1, 1970
    Spy School Goes South By: Stuart GibbsSpy School Goes South is by Stuart Gibbs It is a mystery/action novel in the spy school series. I thought that this was one of the best books I read this school year it was very hard to put down. It's about a kid named Ben Ripley who gets accepted to a school meant to train spies. In this book he flies south with a mole named Murray Hill who will supposedly lead him to SPIDERs (An evil organization that causes chaos for a price) base. Everything goes wrong a Spy School Goes South By: Stuart GibbsSpy School Goes South is by Stuart Gibbs It is a mystery/action novel in the spy school series. I thought that this was one of the best books I read this school year it was very hard to put down. It's about a kid named Ben Ripley who gets accepted to a school meant to train spies. In this book he flies south with a mole named Murray Hill who will supposedly lead him to SPIDERs (An evil organization that causes chaos for a price) base. Everything goes wrong and he realizes that his friends have snuck onto the plane to help him with his mission. They crash land in a jungle in mexico and try to find SPYDER’s base. The theme is probably that you can't always rely on yourself to get a job done, you might need help from friends along the way.I think that a person who likes mystery, action or comedy you should read this but it could also be a great read if you don't like that kind of thing (read the other books first). But all in all I suggest this book to any type of reader. Stuart gibbs has two other series. Funjungle and the space case series. He also wrote The Last Musketeer. I definitely suggest reading the other books before you read this one and look at his other series.
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  • Melinda
    January 1, 1970
    Quite the cliff hanger end. The other had at least wrapped up their story nicely, this left us stranded (view spoiler)[ in the middle of Mexico jungle, about to plan what's going on next. Thanks to Grandpa Hale to the rescue. Also it was fun to see Mrs. Hale again and have her come to the rescue also. I can't wait to see where the Ben/Erica/Zoe triangle goes (I'm surprisingly okay with this being part of the story... probably becasue it doesn't focus on it during the whole book) (hide spoiler)] Quite the cliff hanger end. The other had at least wrapped up their story nicely, this left us stranded (view spoiler)[ in the middle of Mexico jungle, about to plan what's going on next. Thanks to Grandpa Hale to the rescue. Also it was fun to see Mrs. Hale again and have her come to the rescue also. I can't wait to see where the Ben/Erica/Zoe triangle goes (I'm surprisingly okay with this being part of the story... probably becasue it doesn't focus on it during the whole book) (hide spoiler)] Can't wait for the next one to come out!
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