TLA Bluebonnet Nominee
2014 Kids Wings Award Book
Junior Library Guild Selection
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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?
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
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
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
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?
by Stuart Gibbs
of the Blue Ridge Mountains
Intelligence Agency--Kids' Zone
a Kid Become a Junior CIA Agent?
Kids Join the CIA or FBI?
a Secret Agent, What It Takes
Kids Wings 51-page literature guide PLUS interactive Jeopardy-type game,
perfect for lesson plans, handouts, or projection on your SmartBoard
by Stuart Gibbs is now available!
Kids Wings Activity Guide Contains:
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
Plus, a BONUS Interactive Jeopardy-type Game
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!
Award-Winning Books for 2014-2015