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Spy Camp
by Stuart Gibbs
TLA Bluebonnet Nominee
2014 Kids Wings Award Book
Junior Library Guild Selection

Would you like to become a spy for the CIA? Can you keep a secret? Would you like to train in espionage, cryptography, codes, and basic firearms and weaponry? Would you give up a summer vacation for a summer in Spy Camp? 13-year-old Ben Ripley would.

After the death of a Spy School trainee, Ben Ripley was appointed to fill his spot in the CIA Academy of Espionage. It wasn't long before the evil terrorist organization, SPYDER set their sites the new recruit. Already he had survived an attempted kidnapping, an assassination plot, and a bomb. Why is SPYDER so determined to kill the young trainee? That question and the constant threat kept Ben alert for its next attack.

Now that the school year was ending, Ben looked forward to a carefree summer at his parents' home in Alexandria, VA. That plan was cut short in a meeting with the principal who was a few neurons short of a brain when he informed Ben that all Spy School students were required to attend summer school ... in a wilderness environment ... called "The Happy Trails Sleepaway Camp for Boys and Girls."
(a name they hoped SPYDER wouldn't recognize)

When he returned to his dorm room, he was shocked to discover PROOF that SPYDER had been in his locked room. The proof? SPYDER'S note demanding that Ben sign on as a SPYDER agent or face certain death. They would be in touch, the note warned.

Ben realized that he was the target of a terrorist threat and sought the advice of the best, most skillful, most brilliant (not to mention the most beautiful) espionage student in SPY SCHOOL, the one who helped stop his assassination, Erica Hale, whose ancestry boasted a long line of auspicious spies, including Nathan Hale, himself (and one, lying, bumbling, incompetent spy -- perhaps because every family tree has at least one nut on it). After taking quick action, she assured Ben that he should not worry because she had his back.

After a harrowing weekend including a SPYDER encounter at home, Ben found himself homesick and a bit worried as he was shuttled off deep into a secret location where, he was sure, the summer would be a boring wipe-out in a dull dorm surrounded by unfamiliar faces. Luckily, he could not have been more wrong. (Erica was there for one, and there were trees, too!) The summer ahead of him held intense wilderness training, grenade attacks, kidnappings, SPYDER agents in his camp, double agents, and the threat of sabotage so evil that every leader of the free world was in jeopardy. And Ben would find himself the only person with the power to potentially alter SPYDER'S deadly plan. Would he be up to the task? (Would he be able to impress Erica?) Could Ben Ripley survive to carry out a mission that would have been daunting to the most seasoned CIA agent?

Spy Camp by Stuart Gibbs is so intense you won't even realize that you are having to hurdle high school vocabulary, problem solve your way through puzzles that would cause a CIA agent collapse, and uncover the most heinous SPYDER web ever woven around patriotic Americans. Grab your book and follow us to Spy Camp for the greatest adventure you will ever survive. (We hope.)

So often, our students read unimportant stories that fail to inspire their problem solving abilities, motivate their patriotism, build sound vocabularies, and use authentic problems as the basis of their activities. Not only does Spy Camp do all of that, but it is also genuinely funny, giving students reason to laugh out loud because joy is the most powerful motivator we have!

Kids Wings highly recommends this terrific novel that celebrates our heroes who actually have to use weapons, cunning, integrity, courage, and perseverance to keep us safe from terrorism! If our kids can't read about them now, who will step up to do the job in the next generation?

Research Links for
Spy Camp
by Stuart Gibbs

Stuart Gibbs Homepage

Map of the Blue Ridge Mountains
Central Intelligence Agency--Kids' Zone
Can a Kid Become a Junior CIA Agent?
Can Kids Join the CIA or FBI?
Becoming a Secret Agent, What It Takes 

You can purchase the 51-page literature guide PLUS 53-slide interactive Jeopardy-type game for Spy Camp by Stuart Gibbs for immediate download! Only $19.95!
Click Here to purchase and download
from Kids Wings at Teachers Pay Teachers

The Kids Wings 51-page literature guide PLUS interactive Jeopardy-type game, perfect for lesson plans, handouts, or projection on your SmartBoard for Spy Camp by Stuart Gibbs is now available!

This Kids Wings Activity Guide Contains:

Pre-Reading Discussion Cards
Anticipation Guide
Dialectical Journal Guide
Become a Character in Class Discussions
Science Process Skills Song
SPY NOTES that use Science Process Skills
Where in the World is Washington, D. C.
In Depth Character Studies
3-Page Readers' Theater Introduction
Create the SPYDER Acronym
Chart the Story's Progress
Chapter Questions in Predict-Read-Confirm Format
Creating Summary Sentences Using the Titles
Comprehension Check-Up, Chapters 2-4
Visualizing Chapters 5-7
Create a Map of Spy Camp
Summarizing Chapter 24
Create a Cartoon Strip

Answer Pages
Plus, a BONUS Interactive Jeopardy-type Game



Spy Camp is one of the 26 literature guides in Trials and Courage. While you can purchase the individual literature guides for about $19.95, if you order Trials and Courage, you can get the entire collection in a CD with a site license for one school and pay less than $1.75 a unit in the collection!


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