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.


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

  1. Stu-
    Okay, thanks!
    But can you make sure you add Tarzan’s part too? He’s way better at putting things in words than I am.

  2. Stu-
    Just as a question: If Lionsgate gained the rights for CTATLE but decided to forfeit, then does that mean that there will never be a Charlie movie?

  3. I just read Charlie Thorne and it was so GOOD!!
    Is that a series or one book? Also I’m hyped for SS8. I hope Zoe and Ben are a couple

  4. Stu-
    I love all of your books and I own most of them. I can’t wait for SS8! Thanks for writing fantastic books! Pls reply!

  5. Wow. You get a lot of the same questions, Stu. Anyway, will Ben and Zoe be together in the book?? (This was a joke. I already know it’s classified)

  6. I’ve always wondered if you ever question what goes through everyone’s head when you read these comments. I’ve read some comments and they’re not even related to the topic. Yet, you still respond to them. Why? No seriously, why?

  7. Stu-
    I’m going to assume that you’ve read (or at least heard of) Encyclopedia Brown. Have you ever read Donald J. Sobol’s “Two Minute Mystery” trilogy? It’s like the adult version of Encyclopedia Brown.
    Wait, no that’s wrong. It came out first, so it’s the other way around.
    Oh, and do you play a musical instrument of some kind?
    And, though this is going to sound weird: When you write in third person, do you find it easier to make chapter breaks? I know I do, but I was wondering if that’s just me.
    And one last thing: This Super Mystery compilation, is that the one from HarperCollins? If so, how long is it? (Or is it even done yet? I’ve heard compilations take a while casue you have multiple authors working on diffrent stories so . . . . . . )

  8. -ILoveAllYourBooks
    I think it should be Ben and Erica but that might just be that Erica was introduced first in the series and I think Erica is trying to hide the fact that she doesn’t like Zoe with Ben

  9. stu-
    every time I post a comment I get shot back like 3 pages can you talk to your website designer about that?

  10. I was wondering if you could come to my school in Virginia. My my is the librarian and she would love to have such a great author come to are school and talk. Hope that you can respond to this comment. Hope to here from you soon.

  11. Teddy –

    I have read everything by Donald J Sobol.

    I play the drums.

    It is much easier to do chapter breaks in third person.

    I do not know much about the Super Mystery Compliation as it is not done yet and I am just a contributor, not the editor. The editor is Chris Grabenstein.

  12. efyso –

    Yes, check the blog. Also, I post the dates of releases when I know them. There is little point to me keeping a release date secret.

  13. Hankdatank –

    I was just in VA doing school visits two weeks ago. If your school wants me to visit they should look at the school visits page on this site.

  14. Stu-
    Are you going to do some kind of 10 year celebration thing in 2020? Not 10 years of writing. Ten years of being published.
    Oh, and what was your inspiration for LM? Maybe you answered that already but I don’t remember.

    And, I just want to say thanks for writing. I recently wrote a book that went passed 45,000 words (60,005 to be exact) and I really couldn’t have done it if you hadn’t published yours because then I wouldn’t have read any books over 240 pages. Thanks very much!

  15. Teddy –

    I haven’t thought about a ten year anniversary yet.

    LM was an idea brought to me by that publisher. It was very basic and 99.9% of the ideas are mine, but still, the original concept was someone else’s.

  16. Stu-
    You know I’ve been thinking about what you said, and there’s something I can’t figure out: How can a book that’s the same number of words as SS be 40 or 50 something pages longer?

  17. Ape-
    I think I can help with that. The answer to your question is in this thing called formatting, which is essentially, making a book look nice and appealing.

    So here we go: Most author type up their manuscript in 12-point (Times New Roman is really popular for some reason). They do this on your typical 8.5 by 11 sheet of paper. That’s the kind that comes off of your printer at home.

    Next, the manuscript goes to the publisher (in this case, Simon and Schuster). The publisher condenses it all down to a 5.5 by 8.5 sheet (the typical size for hardcover books). That increases the page numbers by about a hundred pages. So, a 60,000 page manuscript (which would be about 230 pages on 8.5 by 11) would be around 330 pages at this stage.

    Then, the publisher picks a font for the author. That would be New Caledonia for Charlie. NC is a pretty wide font, so it will obviously take up more space. That means it needs more pages if you want the full story.

    Now, you have the part titles. Things like Part One: The Fate of the World. Most of the time you want things like that on right facing pages. So, if it ends up on the left, the publisher will add a blank page before it so it bumps to the right. Most of the time they also add a blank page after it as well, just so it looks nice.

    Another thing is the fact that Charlie has 51 chapter plus an Epilogue. That means you have more half-pages for chapter breaks. The publisher will page break it so it doesn’t get hard and boring to read. All that means is that each beginning of the chapter has its own page.

    Add all that together and you get a book with the same amount of words but way longer.

  18. Stu-
    Okay so I was reading this really good book series. The typical page count was about as long as a LM book. Then the new one comes out, and it’s real good, same number of pages and all. Problem is, the font size is real small and the number of lines on a page went from 25 (like in your books) to 32 (like in a Michael Crichton). My questions are: Why on earth did the publisher for that book do that? And, do publishers sometimes format a book so it has a consistent page lenght with the others in the seires?

  19. thank you so much. I am so exited about this. when I finished ss7 I thought there wasn’t going to be another one and I was so sad. keep on writing!!!?

  20. efyso –

    I would tell my web designer about that if I had one. But this site is run by me and I’m not that tech-savvy. Honestly, it’s a miracle that I can figure out how to respond to you. Sorry.

  21. Thank you so much for continuing the series! I am about to finish British Invasion and I was really worried that it was going to be the last book. Your one of my most favorite authors and I’m so glad I came across your books! I can’t wait for the new ones! -audrey

  22. Teddy –

    I don’t know that. But you could probably track down Lucy Ruth Cummins and ask her on her own site.

  23. Hey Stu you did a crossover in ss1
    Xayvier Gonzalez received a hard copy of ben’s file it says so in chapter 16
    Is that the same xayvier from FJ

  24. Stu-
    I know the answer may be classified but will some characters in British Invasion(Orion) be playing a role in future books or will he be a character you use once and then discard.

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