Here’s the cover — and title — of Spy School 7!

Well, this has been quite a week for exciting news.  First the movie deal for Spy School.  Then the release of the Top Secret Spy School box set.  And today Spy School hit the New York Times bestseller list again.

Plus, I still have that series info to divulge.  Sorry I haven’t done that yet.  My publisher told me I would be able to do it soon — and yet they still haven’t made their big announcement yet.  Which is as frustrating to me as it probably is to you.

But maybe this will tide you over.  I just found out from a post on my own website that my publisher has released the new cover on Amazon and Goodreads.  Which means that it’s not a secret any more and I can share it.

So, here’s the cover:

Amazing, isn’t it?  Yet another masterpiece by Lucy Cummins.

(I know a lot of you figured out this was the title a few days ago because it was leaked on Google somehow.  But I couldn’t confirm it because I still wasn’t sure that the tile and cover would work.  Now, it’s obvious that they do.)

Here’s a synopsis:

Superspy middle schooler Ben Ripley is finally going to take SPYDER down, once and for all in this latest addition to the New York Times bestselling Spy School series.

Stranded in Mexico after nearly capturing the leaders of SPYDER, thirteen-year-old Ben Ripley desperately needs to take a shower. But even more so, he and his spy school friends need to come up with a new plan to defeat their enemies, their only clue a key that opens…something.

The Mission: Go rogue from the CIA, join up with the British MI6 to locate the leader of SPYDER, the enigmatic Mr. E, and bring down the evil organization once and for all.

Only it won’t be easy. They’ll have to deal with rival evil splinter factions, devious double-crosses and learning to drive on the opposite side of the road. But they have no other choice: this is their last and final chance to crack the code on SPYDER.


As usual, this is all I’m going to share about the book.  Because answering any more questions about it will ruin the fun of reading it.  So please don’t ask me any questions about SS7. If you do, I will simply refer you right back to this page and ask you to read the whole thing again.

It comes out May 7, 2019.  That’s less than a year away.  less time than you normally have to wait for a Spy School book.

UPDATE:  Even though I said no questions, at least a dozen people have written to me with the exact same question, so I’m going to answer it to make this clear: THIS IS NOT THE LAST BOOK IN THE SERIES.

If Ben and his friends defeat SPYDER (and I’m not saying they will) why would that end the series?  There are lots of other potential bad guys out there.

1,033 thoughts on “Here’s the cover — and title — of Spy School 7!

  1. Bookworm8 –

    ARC means Advanced Reader Copy. They are generally distributed to bookstores so that the booksellers can read the books ahead of time.

  2. bookworm8 –

    I am team #BenandErica as well as #TeamMikeandZoe. Ben and Erica are literally my OTP (one true pairing).

  3. Just want to say you are the best author i’ve ever read and that I didn’t actually realize zoe had an actual crush on him i thought she sorta liked him as a friend BTW Is the principal of spy school mr e that would be awesome

  4. Mr. Gibbs-

    Sorry, follow up question:
    Where do you send them to? I know some authors/publishers send them to small local bookstores whereas some send them to chains and libraries such as Barnes and Nobel. Which do you and your publisher send them?

    Thank you!

  5. Dear Stu-

    What gave you the idea of having Murray get in shape? It was such a great plot twist!


  6. i recently finished spy school goes south and as always, amazing. im still wondering what that silver key from Joshua is.

  7. You will be releasing 3 of your books during my grade I’m very happy about that. I gotta ask is mr e a kid

  8. brandon-

    I doubt stuart is gonna give you a solid answer for that because he doesn’t want to “spoil anything” for us

  9. Yes absolutely but mostly the SS series as it is the only ones so far of his books that I have read 🙂 also I was wondering who are my harry potter fans out there? I for one am a huge potterhead! 🙂

  10. I have a question about the movie. Your publisher Simon and Schuster is owned by CBS. Your old publisher that you didn’t like HarperCollins is owned by FOX. Did CBS get first dibs and was it your choice?

  11. david1mil –

    There is really no synergy at all between the book and movie divisions at any media company. So nothing like that happened.

  12. Why does everyone want Ben and Erica or ben and zoe to start dating? Personally I thought that those parts of the the book were the worst . This series is an action series NOT romance

  13. I could understand if it were a bunch of girls wanting Ben and Erica together. But I believe there are some guys in on it too

  14. will-

    I am a girl dude! also, you are right it is an action series and we want more “action” action doesn’t always just have to be fists and runaways and car chases. also stuart I think that would be cool if there was a car chase in one of your books 🙂

  15. Monica –

    Since SPYDER is a very secretive organization, no one knows exactly how many people work for them, but it is definitely more than six.

  16. B-Dawg –

    A stolen dinosaur skeleton is going to be a part of the story. But only one part. There’s a lot more going on.

  17. Will –

    Why are you so shocked that boys would want romance as well as action? That’s an awfully sexist attitude. Are you shocked that girls want action sequences?

  18. Dear mr Gibbs,

    SPYDER should live on so you can make more awesome spy school books! Also, Ben and Zoe should be a couple and in spy school goes south Ben should have kissed zoe

  19. Stu-
    Do you know the Gallagher Girls series? I’ve found some similarities (exaggerated claims and nonchalant attitudes, etc) and gotten familiar vibes between it and your Spy School series. I doubt it’s only the spy genre…

  20. AM –

    Not only do I know that series but I am friends with its creator. Although we each created our series completely independently of one another.

  21. Stu-

    On the page one of the first Spy School book, Ben says that the day had been a “prime example” of his “mundane existence” (Gibbs 1). However, he also said that it was day 4,583 of his life. Apparently, 4.583 is also a prime number, a prime example of irony, considering that the day had been a prime example of his life. Was this intentional?

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