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. i dont really know you but i reallLLLLlLlllLLLlLLlLlly like all your booKs. ive been recommending EVERY SINGLE ON OF YOUR BOOK TO MY FRIENDS. sjdbgfwhsdbjcs. im waittttttingggggggg!

  2. Stu-
    Kind of cool to see a book written by you with capital letters in the title.
    By the way, would you happen to know Anthony Horowitz?
    Oh, and can you see these e-mail addresses we put in?

  3. stu-
    This question is very, very , very odd but I have to ask it. Have you ever written a book for at least one of the Hardy Boys adventure series?

  4. Oh, and Stu:
    Will Jessica Shang ever come back?

    I might just be saying that because my girlfriend is Asian but still.

  5. stu- a lot of people ask for crossovers but you always say that there are none planned. have you definitely ruled out the possibility of a crossover or would it require a really good idea.

  6. Charlie –

    If I had decided to do a crossover, then I wouldn’t keep telling people that I don’t have one planned.

  7. Stu-
    Considering that you can see the e-mails than I guess my secret identity is worthless. My other one I mean.

  8. Stu-
    That was a joke. I’m not sure that I know a single person who keeps track of how many lawns they mowed. Unless your Ben Ripley that is.
    This is a real question though.
    Have you ever considered self-publishing a book or series? Like an exclusive exclusive? (If you have, then I recommend Amazon or Barnes and Nobles. The audience range is a lot bigger.

  9. Stu-
    Thank you for your hard work into your books! I hope you weave in a lot of books into your Spy School series!

  10. Teddy –

    There is really no point to self-publishing when I have such a good relationship with an established publisher. Simon & Schuster is publishing everything that I write.

  11. Mr. Gibbs-
    I just wanted to say thank you for giving my kids such great books to read. Your books came at a very helpful time. My kids weren’t reading as much as they had, either from lack of interest or just them not liking what they were reading. Then one day, my son comes home and goes, “Hey Dad this guy wrote a book about kids in the CIA I’m going to read it.” Now I’ll be honest, I thought he would not like it. But he did. His twin sister read it after him and they finished the Spy School series (as of 2016) in three days. That’s when I knew they liked what they were reading. Now they’ve been reading more and more of your books which, as a parent, makes me happy to know that there are authors out there who can write good stuff without inappropriate junk in there.
    Thank you very much!
    By the way, and this is just a question, but did “The Last Musketeer” series ever hit the bestseller list? My kids bought me all three as a present and I read the whole trilogy. I thought it was very good.

  12. ExcitedDad –

    Thanks for your kind words. Glad to hear your whole family enjoyed the books.

    The Last Musketeer never hit the bestseller list. Originally, the publisher did no marketing for it at all, although now the reissue is selling much better.

  13. Stu-
    It is my personal opinion that the new covers have something to do with LM’s success. The old covers were just bad. Your covers typically are bright colors (orange, blue, red, green, purple etc.) all colors that attract attention. The old LM covers were black on the spine and well, just plain dark. They kind of turned people off.
    Now though, you have bright covers for them, which is far more appealing.
    Oh, and the trip that inspired the scenes in France for SSBI, was that the same one for the LM series?

  14. Tarzan –

    I hated the old covers for LM — and the head buyer at Barnes & Noble told me they were detrimental to the series. So I spent a few years hounding the publisher to redesign them. The new designs are great and certainly help the sales.

    People judge books by their cover.

    I have been to France a few times, and each trip inspired different parts of LM and SSBI.

  15. Teddy –

    The SPYDER collection is all seven books in hardcover, so the list price is $129.99. Which sounds pricey until you realize it’s far cheaper per hour of entertainment than a movie.

  16. hi stu,

    do ben and erica end up together??
    I’m reading spy school goes south right now and next up is british invasion. so excited for the 8th book and hope there’s many more !!!!!!

  17. I am in 5th grade and currently reading Spy School Goes South right know and I am addicted to your books! They are my all time favorite to read and I have read The space case series at least twice! THANK YOU for making another book for spy school because I was starting to get sad that I was nearing the end of the book series.

    Thank you!

  18. Stu-
    I agree with the head buyer at Barnes and Noble. My library had the whole trilogy. I went to the library consecutively for a good year and can’t tell you how many times I walked by the LM books. (That might have to do with the fact that they were on the middle shelf instead of the top, but still). The spine was too dark.
    Anyway, will the new LM with new covers ever be available in hardcover again?

  19. Tarzan –

    I don’t think they are going to release LM in hardcover again. This is actually the first time they have had the last two books in paperback, so now that that has happened, I think there’s no point in doing another hardback version.

  20. I scanned the Charlie Thorne book post and swore you wrote Charlize Theron hahaha. Fate of the Furious was a good movie though. I’m so excited for the new series though! 2 days!!!! It comes out on my birthday lol.

  21. Mr. Gibbs~

    Hi! I noticed you actually reply to your readers, which is very special and much appreciated! It not only makes you seem more connected, but it gives good vibes to the readers, which helps when you’re trying to pick a book out of billions.

    I have a question though: Have you considered writing a spin-off type of book, such as Erica’s entire backstory or something? Or another series that ties into Spy School but is not directly part of that series?

    Rick Riordan did that with Heros of Olympus and the Percy Jackson series (and all his other series now that I think of it. They’re all connected…) He seemed to do really well with that. Have you considered it?


  22. Stu,

    Who do you like better? Berica or Zen?
    (Not who ends up together but who do YOU like better)
    I personally like Berica. Ben and Erica have a very unique relationship and I think that they really develop each other as characters. Plus they have great chemistry and Ben really admires Erica.

  23. Jazzy –

    I have considered doing a spin-off type of book, but I decided that starting a brand new series (like Charlie Thorne) was more exciting to me. For now at least.

  24. Members of the SG community-
    Brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, (and even grandpas and grandmas), we flock to Barnes and Noble stores, our front doorsteps, and local library’s to celebrate the release and debut of a brand new series: Charlie Thorne and the Last Equation.
    We all remember our first Stuart Gibbs book. It made a big impact on all of us. So, let’s help Mr. Gibbs out like he helped us: Let’s read that book! And spread the word! And make sure that Charlie gets more popular that any other Stuart Gibbs book. Let’s go out there and read for once and our lives!
    And let’s all say thank you to Mr. Gibbs for giving us such great reads to read to begin with.
    -Tarzan of the Apes 9/17.19

  25. Stu-
    Okay, my grandparents and I just read the preview of Charlie. My grandparents are going to go buy it from the store. They are very excited. And so am I! It’s going to be hard to slog through school until I can read it! The prologue was so goooooooooooooood! Thank you, thank you thank thank you!

    And my grandparents have started to call you Bruce Geller and Alfred Hitchcock.

  26. Stu-
    Just read the preview for Charlie Thorne as well. This series is going to be a hit! The preview on google is awesome which means the book will be awesome! Keep it up!

  27. Stu-
    Does Ben get the T-shirt from Cyrus from the ending letter of SSBI?
    P.S. I love the bonus content in the Barnes & Noble Exclusive Editions. Will there be one for Charlie Thorne?

  28. Stu-
    One more question. Where did you get the idea for The Pig And Knickers? I love that name. I get near-fatal laugh attacks every time I even think about it.

  29. Tarzan –

    The # of books you have to sell depends on the week. Because you’re just trying to sell more than the other authors. Also, NYTimes has a bizarre logarithm that no one understands.

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