Here’s what you’ve been waiting for: The title — and cover — of Spy School #5!

Hey readers!

I have been getting a lot of questions about Spy School #5.  In particular: ‘Does it have a title besides Spy School #5?’

It does!  And while I could just type it here, it’s more fun to reveal it this way, with the incredible cover designed, as usual, by my incredible designer, Lucy Cummins:

Amazing, right?  And, as usual, what you’re seeing here doesn’t even do it justice.  The actual cover has this cool, shimmery effect for the sunglasses.  It’s fantastic!

Now, I know what your next question is going to be: ‘When does it come out?’

The answer to that is… October 10, 2017.

And now, I know what your third question is going to be: ‘What happens in this book?’

All right, I will tell you.  But with a caveat:

This is all I am going to tell you about the book.  I know this will be frustrating to you, and that you will have more questions.  But I am not going to answer those questions, no matter how nicely you ask.  Because the more you know, the less fun it is for you to read the book.

So here’s the plot, in a nutshell: Ben is sent undercover into the White House to investigate a plot against the president.  As usual, things don’t quite work out the way anyone expects, and chaos and mayhem ensue.

Everything else is classified.  For now.

665 thoughts on “Here’s what you’ve been waiting for: The title — and cover — of Spy School #5!

  1. Cool! I bought the Barnes & Noble special editions of Spaced Out, Spy Ski School, and Evil Spy School and have read all the books. Just the cover art is exciting!

  2. I know this will be a weird thing to say, especially since you are probably so into the book it’s too late for this to happen, but could Mike not be recruited? At the end Cyrus Hales’ message was about recruiting Mike. Maybe could he “forget everything” with some sort of antidote? I like how Mike is a little part separate from the spy part, and I don’t like the idea of him joining in and making it more middle school like. I know, weird thing to ask for, and most likely not possible, but yeah.

  3. Azoo –

    I get what you’re saying about Mike. I wanted Mike to represent the outside world too. But it turns out, there’s only so far I can go with that. And book #5 is already written, so it’s a bit too late to ask for big changes in it.

  4. I am soooo stoked for Spy School #5!

    I know you said anything other than what you said above is classified, but you did mention the president. Just wondering, and totally cool if you can’t answer this, if the president was someone fictional or perhaps someone like Obama or even Trump.

  5. Also, as with 5 already being written why don’t you release it as soon as possible instead of us waiting for what feels like an eternity DX lolol

  6. Oh my dear sweet goodness another spy school! 😀

    If only my time machine was complete so I could go to the future and get that book now….

  7. Kate –

    The president is fictional. Given that I wrote it last year, I didn’t know who the president would be. And since the world of Spy School is fictitious, it’s more fun if the president is fictitious too.

  8. Kate –

    I would LOVE to be able to release the book sooner, but…

    1) It’s not 100% done. Some editing still is being done on it.
    2) It still needs to be fully designed & printed.
    3) It needs to be marketed.

    So we pick a release date several years ahead of time that gives us the chance to do all this. Once that release date is set, it’s very hard to change. (And from a marketing point of view, changing it wouldn’t be a good idea.)

    If you’re desperate for a new book of mine, Panda-Monium will be out in only two months.

  9. Something I want to point out-
    Up till now the romance Ben/Erica has always been growing. You took a risk with… the happening at the bomb, and now?

  10. I finished Spy Ski School last week; the books just keep getting more and more amazing! I’m super psyched about Mike’s recruitment. Speaking of Cyrus’ letter, I was wondering: will we be able to read the blacked-out words and phrases from the letters at the end of the Spy School books?

  11. Man, I’m so happy that I saw the very first Spy School in Costco. The amazing thing is, it wasn’t our normal Costco, and the book was the last one! I’ve already read all of your series’ and was so excited when Spy Ski School came out, that I read it in 2 days! This is amazing!

  12. Stu- Really? on an ebook for evil spy school I could read through it for the letters by copy/pasting or reading on night mode

  13. MarvM –

    The idea was always that the text was redacted, so that it couldn’t be read, though if you read through the comments on this blog, you might find clues as to how to read them. I caution, though… because they were never meant to be read, some of what you can read might be erroneous — or simply not make sense.

  14. Wow… The cover was not what I expected. I thought another word will be jumbled up in Spy School, but finally a new name: Spy School: Secret Service. Excellent cover, I like the American flag as the background.

  15. How many kids do you have? And is operation Muskrat what you were talking about earlier in the blog posts when you said ben was going undercover in the whitehouse, ’cause I totally thought the book said operation Meerkat and then I thought the 5th book was going to be something like Spy ^Safari School…I’m pretty sure that was a “horrifical” run-on sentence. I love your books *excited squeal!!!!*

  16. AM & Agent Schrader –

    There are only so many colors out there. We’ve already done red white and blue. You think we should have done the American flag, but in yellow?

  17. Milly-

    I can answer that (although Stuart will repeat it). Yes, he bases characters off of his children. Dashiell and Violet are members of Spy School (book one), they go to Lyndon B. Johnson Middle (In Poached: Dash is a football star, Violet is a cheerleader) and they are also members of Moon Base Alpha (Space Case series, umm…every page)

    -JustinTB

  18. Stu-
    I am excited about the new books! I have one question. Does Erica Hale live in the dorms her whole life or does she have a home like Ben???

  19. I know this is too late, but it might’ve looked better if Ben was wearing dress shoes on the cover instead.

  20. I love reading your books! You are an amazing author, and I never lose interest in any of your many works of art. Like Taylor Swift, it seems like you never sleep! I know that I will like Spy School: Secret Service as much as your other books!
    Thank you for being such a great role model.

  21. Milly –

    Justin is right. I have based various characters named Dashiell and Violet off my own children in my books. Although the ones in the MBA series are closest to what they are really like.

  22. Ben Ripley –

    I just finally released the title of SS5 and you already want to know SS6? I don’t know the title for SS6 yet. And I won’t for maybe a year.

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