Stuart Gibbs wrote Spy Camp as a sequel to his first espionage novel, Spy School. Ben Ripley, a.k.a. Agent Smokescreen, is no “regular” kid for his age. He is a spy in training for the CIA and spent the last year learning and preparing to be a spy while his friends back home think he is at a dumb science school. That’s how secretive the CIA is. Even his parents think that he has a scholarship to this school. However, the school year is over now. Ben is getting ready to come home for the summer when the principal notifies him that he and all of his other classmates are going to a spy camp. Ben has never been to camp before. He is a little nervous, but then he receives a contract from the enemy group, SPYDER, with a death threat. This reminded me of the song, Camp Granada, by Allan Sherman. In the song, the young camper details all the horrible circumstances he has to endure.
Ben is put under “extra extra protection” from SPYDER. Despite these precautions, when his special training starts in the woods, his group is ambushed. Ben only has his friend Erica, an amazing spy, to help him. It is very unlikely he will come out of this situation alive. For he is wanted DEAD OR ALIVE! It was at this point when I remembered the song “Double Agent” by Rush because both Ben and the song lyrics desire to be “anywhere but here”. Ben is scared and feels as though he is useless to solving the problem at hand. To make matters worse, nobody from his family and none of his friends know how dire the state he is in.
I would recommend this book to any young spies out there or anyone who read the first book. A big thumbs up to Stuart Gibbs for Spy Camp.
Spy Camp is available for check out from the Mission Viejo Public Library.