Things are not always what they seem. This certainly describes the “science school” which is actually an undercover CIA training base. Ben Ripley, a twelve-year old math prodigy, aka “Smokescreen,” gets an invitation to attend the spy school for the second semester of 6th grade as a mysterious spot opens up and because of his amazing math skills and the strange project linked to him known as “Pinwheel.” He trains to become a CIA agent for one school semester although he may not live that long. As if spy school wasn’t hard enough, Ben must survive an assassin, find a mysterious mole, and make sure he looks good while doing it. However, he’s not alone. He finds friends in other students, Erica AKA “Ice Queen,” Murray AKA “Washout,” Zoe, and Warren.
I recommend this book to fans of Alex Rider, Percy Jackson and Artemis Fowl because of the humor and action. The way the story is written make you second guess everything as it unfolds in this suspenseful mystery novel. Be warned, this book is not for the easily frightened or timid population as it contains confidential, top secret government secrets. Buy it at your local bookstore or rent it at your nearest library and you won’t be disappointed. Although, don’t expect any James Bond or anything, spying is a dangerous job, and is only accomplished by the best of the best, the cream of the crop, you get the idea. Spy school has all of the same things as normal school: bullies, boring teachers, bad cafeteria food, and occasionally someone tries to kill you.
This message will self destruct in ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, one…
-Evan G., 6th grade