Review: Spy School Goes South

spy-school-goes-southBook: Spy School Goes South (2018)
Author: Stuart Gibbs
Genre: MG, Contemporary/Espionage
Rating: 3 Stars

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.


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.

4) As always, the covers of these books are a fun way to introduce a basic plot of the novel!


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.


My 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.


Have you read this book? What are your thoughts? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

9 thoughts on “Review: Spy School Goes South

    • Yeah. I may have loved this as a kid. *Sigh* Not sure I’ll pick up the next one. (Who am I kidding! I probably will–assuming he writes another– hoping that maybe the next one will be better??)


  1. Hi, I’m an 11 year old, and as it happens i also have a book blog on WordPress it’s called BookWorms ( It would be great if you could follow me as well as i did a similar review on the first book in the series, Spy School. I personally think that you’re right for the most part as the series is getting a little too predictable, and that Ben and Erica have been on more missions as teens than most adult CIA agents have. But, I do think that the idea is clever and puts a fresh spin on the age old idea of teenage spy’s, although it is a little cliche.

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    • Thanks for commenting. Yes, there isn’t much surprise left in the series.

      I noticed a couple things that seem to hint that he’s going for another book soon. We’ll see. I do like the series very much. I just need to suspend disbelief a bit!


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