Spy School: The Graphic Novel by Stuart Gibbs, illustrated by Anjan Sarkar

Spy School: The Graphic Novel by Stuart Gibbs, illustrated by Anjan Sarkar, Scholastic Graphix, 2022.  9781534455436

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Format: Graphic Paperback ARC

Genre: Mystery

What did you like about the book? Twelve-year-old Ben Ripley wants to work for the CIA when he grows up.  Meanwhile, he spends his time playing spy-related video games.  It seems that his actions have been observed by folks in the CIA.  He is recruited for entrance in a Junior CIA school (known to parents and others as a “science school”).  Except for his math skills, Ben is really not CIA material at this point (a case of mistaken identity).  And this is apparent to most of the other students.  Yet he manages to survive his first year.  This graphic version, skillfully illustrated by Anjan Sarkar, follows the original print story bringing it more fully to life: the action and the characters are fully realized making this an excellent choice for reluctant or challenged readers.  Characters vary in skin color and ethnicity.

Anything you did not like about the book?  No.

To whom would you recommend this book? Those who have enjoyed the Spy School series will undoubtedly enjoy the graphic novel version.

Who should buy this book? Public and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it? J Graphic novels

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  No.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Retired Librarian, Contributor, Youth Services Book Review

Date of Review: January 8, 2022

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