Spy School British Invasion (Spy School #7)
Superspy middle schooler Ben Ripley is finally going to take SPYDER down, once and for all in this latest addition to the New York Times bestselling Spy School series.Stranded in Mexico after nearly capturing the leaders of SPYDER, thirteen-year-old Ben Ripley desperately needs to take a shower. But even more so, he and his spy school friends need to come up with a new plan to defeat their enemies, their only clue a key that opens…something. The Mission: Go rogue from the CIA, join up with the British MI6 to locate the leader of SPYDER, the enigmatic Mr. E, and bring down the evil organization once and for all.Only it won’t be easy. They’ll have to deal with rival evil splinter factions, devious double-crosses and learning to drive on the opposite side of the road. But they have no other choice: this is their last and final chance to crack the code on SPYDER.

Spy School British Invasion (Spy School #7) Details

TitleSpy School British Invasion (Spy School #7)
Author
ReleaseApr 30th, 2019
PublisherSimon Schuster Books for Young Readers
ISBN-139781534424708
Rating
GenreMystery, Action, Childrens, Middle Grade

Spy School British Invasion (Spy School #7) Review

  • Jeff Hine
    January 1, 1970
    Written by an American who thinks we all speak funny and live in the dark ages. It was okay but no where near as good as English teen spy books, like Alex Rider, Jason Steed or young bond or cherub. if you are English like me u will find it insulting,,this put me off the spy school series
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  • Jamie
    January 1, 1970
    I love Stuart Gibbs books and am completely hooked. You don't need to read them in series order, but of course it enhances your reading if you do. This is a fun adventure story for middle grade. I didn't catch any language though there is of course some violence since it is a spy story after all!
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  • Chris Horsefield
    January 1, 1970
    Not the best of the series. It seems to have run its course and is getting old. Lacks emotion, excitement, I cannot see many young people enjoying it.
  • Mark Baker
    January 1, 1970
    Ben Ripley and his team of fellow spies think they have been handed the key to finally taking down the evil organization SPYDER. As it so happens, the key is a literal key. Ben’s friends piece together that it most likely belongs to a storage space under the British Museum. Since no one knows who in the CIA is really a SPYDER double agent, only Ben and his friends from Spy School can be trusted to go and retrieve whatever the item might be. And so Ben, Mike, Zoe, Erica, and Erica’s parents make Ben Ripley and his team of fellow spies think they have been handed the key to finally taking down the evil organization SPYDER. As it so happens, the key is a literal key. Ben’s friends piece together that it most likely belongs to a storage space under the British Museum. Since no one knows who in the CIA is really a SPYDER double agent, only Ben and his friends from Spy School can be trusted to go and retrieve whatever the item might be. And so Ben, Mike, Zoe, Erica, and Erica’s parents make their way to London. What will they find when they land?This book picks up moments after the previous book in the series ended, so it does discuss some of what happened in that book. As a result, if you want to go into that book completely surprised, you’ll want to read the books in order. But that’s no problem since the entire series is so fun. Once again, we get a wild ride filled with twists, turns, and extremely narrow escapes. Yet in the quieter moments, we get to see some depth and growth in the characters, which I loved. The action can be a bit over the top, but that plays into the comedy of the book and series perfectly. I might not have laughed quite as much as I did while reading the previous book, but I was chuckling before I finished the first page, and I did grin and laugh the entire way through. Middle Graders will love this book, and anyone looking for a fun read will be glad they picked it up as well.Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
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  • M
    January 1, 1970
    JAWA, CHIP AND MURRAY ARE THE MVPS OF THIS BOOK. LOOK IT MY BOYS GO.I absolutely adored how Mr. Gibbs made Jawa and Chip, two very minor and somewhat 2D characters, not part of the actual mission, but serve a PURPOSE. It was so well done and I physically cheered for them. When they saved Ben's family I was just so happy for them because they're finally contributing, like this is the most memorable moment I have of the two of them minus the ski moments in Spy Ski School (which still reins suprem JAWA, CHIP AND MURRAY ARE THE MVPS OF THIS BOOK. LOOK IT MY BOYS GO.I absolutely adored how Mr. Gibbs made Jawa and Chip, two very minor and somewhat 2D characters, not part of the actual mission, but serve a PURPOSE. It was so well done and I physically cheered for them. When they saved Ben's family I was just so happy for them because they're finally contributing, like this is the most memorable moment I have of the two of them minus the ski moments in Spy Ski School (which still reins supreme as my favorite in this series.)And Murray. Oh my goodness I started to LIKE that slimeball. It's the weirdest thing, because even after Ben's commentary about him being up to no good at the end and in his letter to Cyrus, I'm still holding out for him! I think there's some good in him. His moment at the end, saving Ben, MAY BE WHAT MADE THIS A FIVE-STAR! (along with the extra Barnes & Noble exclusive content, go get that copy ASAP if you want to read this, because it's the same regular price and is HILARIOUS)As for the other characters, I thought that Ben's insecurities about not supporting the team was very well-done, especially with the continuity of Mike overshadowing him with the whole Zoe thing (which is another thing entirely). It added depth and it made him figuring out things by the end more impactful, even though I knew he would eventually.Erica was also on fire in this book. I love her character, she is 100% my favorite from the series. I mean, line's like these make me cry: "Erica didn't question me. It was possible that in that moment she understood exactly what I intended to do-but it was also possible that she was simply trusting me" She's come so far, the most of any character, and you can see how Ben has helped her with this journey of realizing she's not alone, and that's okay. The people around her can help, and they aren't liabilities. Her calling my boys Jawa and Chip was so amazing and I genuinely appreciate her character, she adds a whole new level to the novel.Catherine and Alexander were fun too, espeeeeeeecially Alexander. Everyone was amazing in this book, really.Except maybe Zoe.I loved Zoe for the first 6 books because of her energy and ability to make me laugh because of her romance with Warren. But now, she's that one person adding all this unnecessary drama and I'm not a fan of it.She's become sort of whiny, and it was getting on my nerves. I get it, I'm a teen so I understand that we read into stuff way too much and do add drama, but it was out of place in the action and character development happening. I used to love the love square honestly because it felt like it was being played for laughs, and not an actual serious melodramatic romance. I thought of it lightly and found every twist and turn hilarious, especially Zoe realizing Warren liked her, and then Ben realizing Zoe liked HIM. That was an iconic scene, but the romance scenes here all fall very flat between Zoe and Ben, making me not root for them at all, especially since the comedy side of the love square has calmed down and it's just a regular trope again, and a trope I despise, may I add.Overall, I didn't hate her, but she didn't really add anything enjoyable. I miss her being less of an angsty teen and more of a bubbly friend that sticks with Ben and always sides with him because she happens to have romantic feelings for him. They're 13, melodrama can feel unrealistic if you don't tread lightly.However, one thing I will add is that Warren's letter to Zoe in the Barnes and Noble exclusive edition IS GOLDEN. IT'S GLORIOUS AND IS EVERYTHING I NEED IN MY LIFE WITHOUT EVEN KNOWING IT. That's all for her.As usual, the plot was fun and fast, the tone was light enough but the stakes were high, and the action sequences had me engaged, which is a relatively hard thing to do when it comes to me. This is another solid entry to the Spy School saga, and anyone who is blessed enough to find this gem of a series will not be disappointed.
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  • Ms. Yingling
    January 1, 1970
    E ARC from Edelweiss PlusBen and his friends are still trying to recuperate from their adventures in Mexico when they are rushed off on another mission. Cyrus has an accident and can't go with them, but Erica's mother, Catherine, and her father, Alexander, are up for the adventure, even though Alexander is still peeved to find that Catherine worked for MI6 all this time. Murray is in their custody, and they hope to get information from his about SPYDER. Operation Tiger Shark takes the group to L E ARC from Edelweiss PlusBen and his friends are still trying to recuperate from their adventures in Mexico when they are rushed off on another mission. Cyrus has an accident and can't go with them, but Erica's mother, Catherine, and her father, Alexander, are up for the adventure, even though Alexander is still peeved to find that Catherine worked for MI6 all this time. Murray is in their custody, and they hope to get information from his about SPYDER. Operation Tiger Shark takes the group to London, where a disastrous experience at the British Museum ends with some priceless artifacts being damaged and the group being designated public enemies. They take refuge in a secret room in the Tower Bridge for a bit, but are soon plunging into the Thames, high jacking a bus and a truck, and making their way out to the estate of brilliant hacker Orion. Mike has several really good ideas, and he and Zoe start to bond over a shared love of fonts, making Ben jealous, even though he isn't sure if he likes Erica or Zoe better. Orion is willing to help the group decrypt a SPYDER flash drive, but SPYDER agents attack Orion's house, and the group is off again, this time in Orion's Russian helicopter, which only Alexander can pilot. Coordinates on the flash drive lead them to Paris, through the sewers, and into the lair of Mr. E., SPYDER's leader, who has some surprises for them. Operation Tiger Shark is successful, but there are still some loose ends, like Murray having decamped, and Cyrus's condition needing to be updated, so I think there will be another book!Strengths: I've had a notice up that this book is coming out, and my students are really excited about it. Gibbs' series are the only ones where children actually get further than book three, which is unusual! Ben's self doubt, romantic entanglements, and attempts at making himself a better spy are completely realistic, and even children who aren't particularly interested in spying will appreciate him as a middle school character. Of course, the spy details are exquisite-- if I am ever dumped from a height into a river, I know to point my toes and keep my arms to my sides! Catherine is a fantastic character, as is Erica, and their ability to take down bad guys is non-pareil. Murray is interesting as well, although I'm not quite sure on which side he will eventually fall. Orion's loneliness as a hacker was innovative, and Mike's take on his interaction with his dogs was spot on! Another great installment of a highly amusing series.Weaknesses: Alexander is a tremendously complicated character; I feel like he should have his own adult series, because these books aren't the place to discuss his backstory.What I really think: Can't wait to see what is next!
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  • Melanie Dulaney
    January 1, 1970
    Stuart Gibbs' Spy School series is one of my favorites to recommend to my 5th graders who love action and mystery without all the over the top blood and gore. He gives readers plenty of crash and bang, coupled with cool techie spy gadgets and an entirely likable cast of heroes...and some unlikeable villains! I've been reading middle grade and YA lit for a long time and I continue to be impressed with Gibbs' ability to throw in some surprises that, while unexpected, make total sense, as well as h Stuart Gibbs' Spy School series is one of my favorites to recommend to my 5th graders who love action and mystery without all the over the top blood and gore. He gives readers plenty of crash and bang, coupled with cool techie spy gadgets and an entirely likable cast of heroes...and some unlikeable villains! I've been reading middle grade and YA lit for a long time and I continue to be impressed with Gibbs' ability to throw in some surprises that, while unexpected, make total sense, as well as his clear descriptions that allow students to visit places like Mexico, Washington, D.C. and London all with the turn of a page. His effort to expand the vocabulary of his fans is obvious as words like morose, affirmation, formidable, and perusing were used in "British Invasion" with an abundance of context clues to help readers comprehend meaning. (Unfortunately kids are not likely to look up words like bespoke, vertiginous, fomenting and facade when rich context is not present.) I have already placed this book 7 on my last 2019 book order for both my 4th and 5th grade campuses and recommend it highly and with no warnings about potentially controversial content to teachers, librarians, and care-givers of readers in grades 4-6, and possibly even through grade 8. I am hopeful that since not all loose ends were neatly tied up that there will be a book 8 in the adventures of young spies in training Ben, Erica, Zoe and Mike. Thanks for the dARC, NetGalley!
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  • Yapha
    January 1, 1970
    This one picks up right where Spy School Goes South ended, so I'm glad I had it on hand to read right away. Another phenomenal entry in the Spy School series. The relationships between Ben, Erica, Zoe, Mike, and the rest of the spies make more sense if you read the series in order. Highly recommended for grades 4 & up.eARC provided by publisher via Edelweiss
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  • Strawberry
    January 1, 1970
    DARC from Edelweiss Plus. Oh my god. Oh My God! OH MY GOD!!!!!!! THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I really liked that it picked up right after SSGS ended; usually the books end with the gang defeating SPYDER, then going back to school and then the book kind of resets, you know? This book picked up a couple of hours after the last book, and I dove right in. Ben and Zoe are interrogation Murray, trying to find out what the mysterious silver key is for. Zoe and Mike figure out where they DARC from Edelweiss Plus. Oh my god. Oh My God! OH MY GOD!!!!!!! THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I really liked that it picked up right after SSGS ended; usually the books end with the gang defeating SPYDER, then going back to school and then the book kind of resets, you know? This book picked up a couple of hours after the last book, and I dove right in. Ben and Zoe are interrogation Murray, trying to find out what the mysterious silver key is for. Zoe and Mike figure out where they key goes thanks to a shared love of typography. Then, Cyrus gets knocked out and is ruled unfit for the mission (considering he though he was in the American Revolution, I'd say that it was a smart move). So they go to where the key leads them too, The British Museum. Thanks to Jenny Lake, after the barley escape with their lives, the gang in public enemy #1. After a few more mishaps, and Catherine's knowledge, they find themselves at the house of Orion, a genius coder. He decrypts the flash drive they found, and it has A LOT of information on it. But then SPYDER finds them again. They escape with Orion using a helicopter, which only Alexander knows how to fly (this was good twist to me). The gang ends up in the sewer in Paris, and thats all I'm going to say for a long summary!I really like how Stuart follows dup with Catherine and Alexander. He [Alexander] used to be so simple, but in this book, there is a lot more to him. Stuart handled the surprise of Alexander learning Catherine works for MI6 very well. Stuart also handles the Ben, Erica, and Zoe thing very well. I HATE love triangle when I know the person in the middle [Ben] could chose either person. I only like them when I know the middle person will chose the boy/girl I'm rooting for (such as the Percy, Annabeth, and Rachel thing from Percy Jackson). But I really don't like how Ben & Zoe ended. Overall, I would totally give this infinity out of 5 stars if I could, as it ties with Spy Ski School for my favorite SS book. -StrawberryP.S. Please check out my Spy School fan fiction of Wattpad (it take place after Spy School: goes South, as my own take on Spy School: British Invasion before I read the actual book): https://www.wattpad.com/story/1663583...
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  • Becky B
    January 1, 1970
    Picking up right where Spy School Goes South left off, Ben Ripley and his fellow spies in training, along with Cyrus Hale, Alexander Hale, Catherine Hale, and reluctantly, Murray are trying to shut down SPYDER while they are still hurting. They have a literal key they got from some of the SPYDER operatives, and a few of them in lock down that they're trying to interrogate for more information. Murray eventually spills that he think the key leads to information Joshua Hallal has on Mr. E. Not kno Picking up right where Spy School Goes South left off, Ben Ripley and his fellow spies in training, along with Cyrus Hale, Alexander Hale, Catherine Hale, and reluctantly, Murray are trying to shut down SPYDER while they are still hurting. They have a literal key they got from some of the SPYDER operatives, and a few of them in lock down that they're trying to interrogate for more information. Murray eventually spills that he think the key leads to information Joshua Hallal has on Mr. E. Not knowing who in the CIA, FBI, or MI6 has been corrupted by SPYDER, Ben and gang decide to strike out on their own to see where the key leads them and try and take down SPYDER once and for all.Another fantastic, thrilling, and intermittently humorous adventure with Ben and gang. I like that Ben doesn't feel super sure of himself, or feels like he contributes much, but that his fellow spies in training show him he has worth to them. Most readers won't be spies, but I think every person experiences this in some situation. I also like that Alexander Hale gets some further development in this book along the same lines. Students absolutely LOVE this series of books, and just about anything else Gibbs writes. If you're looking for a series to hook a reluctant middle grade reader, look no further. I have several students who devour these books but are usually hesitant to pick up anything else. Gibbs manages to write with just the right balance of realism, character development, humor, and action to keep the pages flying by. And the locations are also fun. In this one they go from Mexico to London to Paris. Highly recommended to just about anyone.Notes on content: No language issues. No sexual content. Several dangerous situations, one of which possibly results in a death or two. Some characters are slightly injured but no gore.
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  • Ray Feinberg
    January 1, 1970
    After a top-secret mission in Mexico to take down the heads of SPYDER (a devious evil organization dedicated to causing chaos and mayhem) including Joshua Hallal, ex-superspy turned SPYDER agent, 13 year old agent Ben Ripley is stuck in Mexico. However, when his friend Erica's British mother turns up, and happens to work for MI6, the British CIA, they find a clue leading them straight to the British Museum. But this mission is unlike any other Ben has been on so far. It could lead them to "Mr. E After a top-secret mission in Mexico to take down the heads of SPYDER (a devious evil organization dedicated to causing chaos and mayhem) including Joshua Hallal, ex-superspy turned SPYDER agent, 13 year old agent Ben Ripley is stuck in Mexico. However, when his friend Erica's British mother turns up, and happens to work for MI6, the British CIA, they find a clue leading them straight to the British Museum. But this mission is unlike any other Ben has been on so far. It could lead them to "Mr. E" the head of SPYDER, a man as devious and evil as any other. Ripley will need a great deal of resourcefulness to take him down. But he is not alone, he has his friends Mike, Zoe, and Erica, along with former SPYDER agent Murray Hill, and Alexander and Catherine Hale (Erica's parents), and soon Ben will learn that friends are very useful in the spy game...Overall, I was very disappointed by this book. However, I can now see that this series has gone on too long, and that Stuart Gibbs is trying to pull a Star Wars. His writing style has become too predictable. I foresaw every plot twist that in previous books, would have had me reeling, but in this book, just left me disappointed. He also couldn't come up with a good theme. He has kept dragging out the theme that "Everyone needs teammates in the spy game" over all seven books. The plot was the only upside to this book. The setting in England was perfect, and the re-introduction of certain characters (no spoilers!) was very nice. It just can't make up for the mediocre structure of the rest of the book though. I also got very nervous at the end when Gibbs left room for another sequel though, because I will have to read it thanks to my sister. Please no Stuart Gibbs!
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  • Meghan
    January 1, 1970
    This book was received as an ARC from Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing-Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.I am a huge fan of the spy school series and have read all 6 books. When I saw this book and seen that it is a British invasion, I knew I had to jump at the chance to read it. Ben Ripley does it again getting himself into trouble adding a whole new adventure that is just a This book was received as an ARC from Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing-Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.I am a huge fan of the spy school series and have read all 6 books. When I saw this book and seen that it is a British invasion, I knew I had to jump at the chance to read it. Ben Ripley does it again getting himself into trouble adding a whole new adventure that is just as remarkable as the first 6 with one intention in mind, bringing down the notorious SPYDER organization and defeating them for good. Stuart Gibbs brings forth his outrageous sense of humor and engaging playfulness that will make this the ultimate book to read for young readers of all ages. We know our readers would want to read this book right away.We will consider adding this title to our JFiction collection at our library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.
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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    This was a great book that immediately follows the previous book, Spy School Goes South. Immediately, as in within hours of the previous book ending. It was an exciting and fast-paced read that brought together a number of puzzle pieces from previous books (I don’t want to give any spoilers, so please forgive my vagueness). As always, there is an interesting twist to this book to keep this mission unique from the other books. There were a couple new characters added that I enjoyed seeing in the This was a great book that immediately follows the previous book, Spy School Goes South. Immediately, as in within hours of the previous book ending. It was an exciting and fast-paced read that brought together a number of puzzle pieces from previous books (I don’t want to give any spoilers, so please forgive my vagueness). As always, there is an interesting twist to this book to keep this mission unique from the other books. There were a couple new characters added that I enjoyed seeing in the cast and the current characters continued their development. I’m not sure if or where the series might go after this book. I hope there will be more books, though this will be a tough book to follow (it is my favorite book in the series). We received an advanced copy of this book for review.
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  • Cordelia
    January 1, 1970
    Spy School British Invasion is the seventh book in the Spy School series. I actually thought I might have gotten tired of the series by book 7. Boy was I wrong! Spy School British Invasion is a fast paced and exciting novel full of bus chases, sewer jaunts, and helicopter rides. Stuart Gibbs certainly seems to have pulled out all the stops on this one! Not to mention that if you like any of Stuart Gibbs’ other books you will most certainly like this one. After all it contains Stuart Gibbs’ t Spy School British Invasion is the seventh book in the Spy School series. I actually thought I might have gotten tired of the series by book 7. Boy was I wrong! Spy School British Invasion is a fast paced and exciting novel full of bus chases, sewer jaunts, and helicopter rides. Stuart Gibbs certainly seems to have pulled out all the stops on this one! Not to mention that if you like any of Stuart Gibbs’ other books you will most certainly like this one. After all it contains Stuart Gibbs’ trademark excitement and humor!
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  • Melissa Borsey
    January 1, 1970
    My son and I have been reading this series from the beginning so I grabbed at the chance to get an advance copy to read and review. This book was a lot of fun. These books are action packed, with humor and great friendships. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series. Highly recommend! I thank Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.
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  • NG77
    January 1, 1970
    It was totally awesome! The vivid details gave me the idea that I was right there seeing Europe. The ending was fulfilling and it made me happy. I can’t wait to he next book!SPOILERS AHEAD!!!!!!Spoilers!: I’m so worried about Murray! Is Berica (Ben + Erica) dead? Is Mike going to get back with Jenna? I’m so happy Mr E or Ms E is defeated!
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  • Ainsley
    January 1, 1970
    Please let there be another book!!!!!
  • In Principio
    January 1, 1970
    It was a well-developed and well-written book.
  • Molly Carrigan
    January 1, 1970
    So good but left me with so many questions!!!
  • Sara M Hagen
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely adore this series along with all Stuart Gibbs books ❤ I absolutely adore this series along with all Stuart Gibbs books ❤️
  • 🗝Phylicia Caron🗝
    January 1, 1970
    It actually took me a little longer than this, but I still loved it! ORION RULES!!!
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