One day Ben comes home from middle school to find a James Bond type spy in his living room. He doesn't question the fact that a spy school wants him to attend their academy. He simply goes along with it - mostly because he's so surprised.My Thoughts: I really liked this spy story - lots of action, lots of danger, and lots of plot twists. I didn't see the end coming. I really liked how Ben had one idea of spies and how they behaved until he attended the academy and everything changed. I like how he fumbled his way through everything - but it made his skills seem so much better. I loved Erika - how amazing she was and how logical and how she saw through appearances. A fun book that was great to read and worked really nicely for the book club.
His arrival on campus doesn't go as planned and he fails his incoming test. Ben soon realizes that he's no spy material and he's not supposed to be at the school. It's a fluke at best and at worst, someone has put a target on his back. Can he figure out who wants him dead without getting himself killed?
Why I read this book: We used this book for our Middle School Book Club book last month. Most of the teens loved it - one felt it was a little unrealistic. First we have a trivia contest - questions about the book. Then we play would you rather. Most of the questions revolved around being a spy and different types of spies and which kinds we would like to be.Then we (just like Ben) tested out the puzzles on the CIA website, which was really fun.
Cover Thoughts: Cool
Source: My Library