Mrs. Smith’s Spy School for Girls

A girl discovers her boarding school is actually an elite spy-training program, and she must learn the skills of the trade in order to find her mother in this action-packed middle grade debut.

After a botched escape plan from her boarding school, Abigail is stunned to discover the school is actually a cover for an elite spy ring called The Center, along with being training grounds for future spies. Even more shocking? Abigail’s mother is a top agent for The Center and she has gone MIA, with valuable information that many people would like to have—at any cost. Along with a former nemesis and charming boy from her grade, Abigail goes through a crash course in Spy Training 101, often with hilarious—and sometimes painful—results. But Abigail realizes she might be a better spy-in-training than she thought—and the answers to her mother’s whereabouts are a lot closer than she thinks…

I read this with my oldest daughter who is my go to authority on books like this and we both loved it!

She thought Abby was exciting and loved the adventure; of course she was hoping spy schools like this really exist and begged me to enroll her. I liked that it gave a female character the chance to show strength in the face of adversity and learn important lessons while having a fun time with lots of cool tech.

There are some really great characters that aid in keeping the storyline fast paced, suspenseful and intriguing. In a lot of ways it captures that same fun and magic as the Spy Kids movie series but with more focus on the girl power aspects. The changing settings make you feel like you’re traveling along with them as they undergo spy missions which of course can only be solved by spy kids.

It’s a great start to a new series which parent will be happy with their kids’ reading, kids will love the spy missions and librarians will enjoy having in stock.

Thank you to Netgalley and Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing for allowing me to review this book.


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