Yes, there will be a Spy School 8

Hi everyone –

I am writing this post because the most common question I get is: ‘Is there going to be a Spy School 8?’  (Or sometimes, ‘Is Spy School 7 going to be the last book in the series?’)

The answer is: YES.

It will come out some time in fall 2020.  I do not know anything more specific than that./

For future reference: I list upcoming titles on the right hand side of EVERY SINGLE PAGE OF THIS WEBSITE.  Somehow, this seems to escape about 50% of the people who visit.  So please, please, please, if you’re interested to know if and when a book is coming out, check that area before writing to me to ask.

I am going to answer a few other very frequent questions I get about this book.

Can you tell me what is going to happen in SS8?


Really?  You can’t just tell me?  I promise not to tell anyone else.

Doesn’t matter.  I’m still not ready to share any information yet.

Why not?

Because the less you know about a book before you read it, the more fun it is to read.  And if I share information a year before the book comes out, you’re just going to have more questions.  In the meantime, there are plenty of other great books out there for you to read.

Can you at least tell me what the title is going to be?

No, but I will post that when I know it.

Are there going to be other books in the series after SS8?


How many books will there be in the series?

I don’t know.

Really?  Because JK Rowling knew there were going to be seven books in Harry Potter before she finished writing it.

Feel free to ask JK Rowling how she knew that the next time you see her.

When do you think you will post an update about SS8?

I don’t know.  Don’t expect anything until at least six months before it comes out.

In the meantime, feel free to enjoy Charlie Thorne and the Last Equation when it comes out on September 17.


782 thoughts on “Yes, there will be a Spy School 8

  1. Cat girl –

    I have never considered what their favorite candies might be. There are probably thousands of other things like that that I think it’d be more fun for you to just guess the answers to.

  2. Stu,
    Great job on ur books!!
    Can’t wait for book 8! Yay!!
    Do u prefer…….
    Toffee or Taffy?
    Sorry for the randomness ?


  3. Stu, I just had to tell you that Spy School Secret Service is probably one of top favorite SS books simply because of the beginning to the acknowledgements. “Turns out, it isn’t very easy to get into the White House.” I smile every time I read it.

  4. Hi Mr. Gibbs,
    Is spy school a middle and high school? I read in another comment that the books are set in present day- what do you think Ben’s reaction to Avengers endgame would be?

    Also, judging from Ben’s overall character, I’m guessing he wouldn’t really enjoy rollercoasters…?

    Some readers complain that Ben and Erica aren’t a good match because Erica is harsh and cold, but in my opinion, that’s not true. Zoe gets mad at Ben in Ski School when he simply tells her the truth about going to Disney land with her even though he doesn’t have a crush on her, and she is constantly, and almost annoyingly jealous of him when he is with Erica. Erica seems to have much more room for good character development since she is already a strong character by herself, and Ben’s best scenes are the ones with her. Meanwhile, Zoe is somewhat simple and two dimensional. In conclusion, I think that Ben and Erica are awesome together because they are already well rounded characters on their own, while still having some flaws which make them the fun, relatable, and hilarious people that they are. I love your books and can’t wait for the 8th!

    P.S. Do you think you’ll include a chapter in future spy school books where Ben and everyone are watching a spy movie (James Bond, Spy Kids)?

  5. ZandraPotter –

    Spy School is middle and high (what ost people would call an upper school). I’m pretty sure Ben would have enjoyed all the marvel movies (except maybe the first two Thor ones). And why do you think he wouldn’t like rollercoasters? The guy has hung from under a helicopter to defuse a nuclear bomb. After that, a roller coaster would be no big deal.

    I have my characters reference spy films quite a lot in my books, so I’m not sure I need a scene with them watching one, as that is a very passive activity.

  6. -Stu

    I don’t have any questions about the book I just wanted to write this to tell you how much I love you as an author! I have never read a series in my life as amazing as Spy School. I hope I can meet you some day! About 3 years ago I had the chance to meet you at a bookstore in Richmond, but I had to go to soccer practice. I can’t wait for your new series to come out!

  7. Caden –

    Thanks for the kind words. I’ll be in Raleigh and Winston-Salem for this book tour. Not exactly Richmond… but only a few hours away.

  8. From the way the comments look if you were to make a ad it would exite mor people if it said “Who Will Kiss Ben Next Find Out In ss8

  9. Stu-
    I just found out that, you visited my school one time! But guess what else . . . I happened to be sick that day. My other friend also had a school visit from you …But he was sick that day as well.
    Funny how that works. You have a chance to meet one of your favorite authors and your immune system says, “Not happenin’ bud!” Oh well, maybe you’ll be able to come another time.
    P.S. Like what you did with the events sidebar

  10. I wouldn’t want to put any pressure on you but having read the entire series from the beginning every time a new book came out( and fully enjoying the series every time) I really hope that you could come out with ss8 in less than a year from now and that you could continue with this series for a long time to come

  11. Nicolas –

    I could come out with SS8 in less than a year — but since i have two other books coming out before that, I would have to rush SS8 — and that would make it kind of crappy. Writing a good book takes time. I don’t want to race bad books into the marketplace.

    So, sorry that means you will have to wait for the next book. But hopefully, that also means the book will be worth the wait.

  12. Stu-
    Since Charlie Thorne is so close to coming out (like twenty days), would it be okay if i ask: Will there be any B&N exclusive editions for Charlie?
    Regardless I’m really excited. I’ve looked on Amazon and stuff and they’re saying it’s like 4000 pages. Knowing your books, it will be 400 pages of awesomeness.

  13. Stu-

    How’s it going, hope you are doing well with all your writing other stuff like that. But not to bother but here is my question:

    Are Catherine and Alexander going to get back together?
    PLZ DO. Ship them.

  14. Teddy –

    B&N decides who to approach about exclusive editions. Although my publisher has a very strong relationship with B&N — which means that I do too. B&N reaches out to authors, but leaves it to us to decide what to do in the exclusive content. My publisher works with me on any design elements that might be needed.

  15. Stu-

    Your Spy school series is amazing and your books made me get back into reading. I can’t wait for book 8 and I hope you continue for a long time making more books to add to the spy school series. I always think what’s gonna happen in the next book and on and on. So keep up the good work

  16. Hey Stu, I was wondering If you are ever going to come to Cleveland, Ohio. I would love to meet you. Plus, are you Team Erica, or Team Zoe? I prefer Team Erica. Have a good day!

  17. NO WAY! You’re really coming to Raleigh? NONE of my favorite authors ever come to North Carolina! By the way, I love all of your books and you’re an amazing author and I can’t wait for the Charlie Thorne series!

    And yes, I think Ben would have watched all the Marvel movies.

  18. Bob –

    When you write ‘no offense,’ it still doesn’t change the fact that you just said something kind of mean and offensive. Why would you disparage my books on my site?

  19. Liam –

    I love Cleveland. I would happy to come there if I was ever invited. But it’s one of the biggest cities in America that hasn’t invited me to visit yet. Please talk to your elected officials about this.

    I cannot reveal which team I am on.

  20. Michelle –

    Yes, I will be in Raleigh soon. FYI, as far as I know, Raleigh gets a good number of authors to visit. Plus, Fearrington Village near Raleigh has hosted a really great kids book festival the past two years with many great authors. (Including me.) Hopefully it will happen again this year.

  21. Stu-

    For the book event in Los Angeles, what are you planning do in the event? I can come, but it’s kinda a long drive so I just wanted to know.

  22. Stu-
    Will Charlie Thorne be 360-380 pages?
    Without the ending in SS7 you wouldn’t be able to get a real good grasp on SS8. I mean, the ending was about Ben and the gang almost getting SPYDER and they end up getting themselves closer to catching them. It’s a cliffhanger. The whole point is to Segway into SS8. Plus, book 1 is our intro to sPYDER and books 7 and 8 tell us more about them and how they ended. My point is, the conclusion to SS7 is absolutely nessacary.
    Have you read the sequel to Andromeda Strain? I’m a Crichton fan to. If you have can you just tell me if it’s good or not? No spoilers please.

  23. Siberian Yak –

    I’m going to talk a bit, read a bit, take questions, sign books and if people want to stay and chat a bit, I can do that. I will not be doing any juggling, however.

  24. Ape –

    Charlie is 388 pages, but some of those are titles and such.

    I write my books so that if someone has missed one — or is starting the series in the middle — they shouldn’t be lost.

    I have not read the new Andromeda Strain. And you never have to tell an author not to spoil anything.

  25. Oh, okay. That sounds good. I’ll probably be there. However, I’m really disappointed on the lack of juggling. Put an F in the chat for Stu’s juggling skills.

  26. Stu-
    When you sit down at your computer ready to type a new story, do you have a certain page count for your manuscript already in mind?
    (By the way, my grandparents are hooked on your FunJungle and Spy school series. They say you’re like Alfred Hitchcock, you’ve got a good imagination. My grandpa is eagerly awaiting the release of SS8)

  27. Teddy –

    I have a general idea of how long the story should be, but it does not have an exact page count. (We writers generally think in number of words, so I try to write things that are 60-70,000 words in length.

    I am so pleased to hear that your grandparents are enjoying my books too. I am very flattered to be compared to Hitchcock.

  28. Thank You for making an awesome series. You have made reading fun and enjoyable for me. When You visited Once Upon A Time Store I got to the chance to meet and interview you for the first time.

    Thanks for Making Reading Funner

  29. Stu-
    So, I’ve been reading the acknowledgements of several books and I keep wondering, “What in the world is an author intern?” And how do you even become one? And what on earth would an author’s intern do?

  30. Stu-
    With SS in Spanish, did that take so long because there are different versions (Like guago for a bus in Span and Omnibus in Argentina? or maybe it’s the other way around?).? Or is your publisher doing each version for each country seperatly.

  31. Stu-
    I was just browsing James Ponti’s website trying to see if there were any new TOAST mysteries coming, and you know what I found: he’s got a new series coming out, and apparently you read it. Problem is, I can’t find anything about its publication date and it ain’t on his website, so, do you know?

  32. Tarzan –

    My intern helps me with everything from research to web design to maintaining my book bible (which is how I try to keep my storylines straight). It is arranged through my alma mater.

    In return, the intern gets to get a whole lot of (possibly) valuable career advice from me.

  33. Ape –

    I really have no idea why it took so long for Spanish. But there is only one version as far as I know.

  34. Teddy –

    First of all, James Ponti’s new book, City Spies, is fantastic. But if James doesn’t know the release date, then I certainly don’t. It’s probably still up in the air for a few more weeks.

  35. Stu-
    I’m so happy and relieved that there will be a SS8. I love Spy School, and I am a huge fan! I have read your series…I don’t know…give or take 15 times. So…yeah! I will be so happy if you read this and reply, but other than that, take your time and write an awesome book!
    (I’m just joking. Write it as fast as you can!)

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