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. Some random kid

    The idea for Ben is that he’s supposed to react the way most normal people would when he finds himself in a ridiculous situation. Although I also wanted him to be really smart too.

  2. C –

    When you create a character for one book, it is very hard to know if you will have a place for them in future books or not. At this point, there must be a undred characters I have created for Spy School. I can’t always bring everyone back — but that doesn’t mean I don’t look for ways to do it.

  3. Stu-

    Is Erica a dog person or a cat person. I think she’s a cat person because she has posters of cat’s.

  4. Stu-
    Why do lot’s of authors use Times New Roman?

    Oh, and just to make sure: Ms. Cummins is the red-haired lady born in Canada and lives in new York right? Does book covers for middle grade, yA, and adult? Just making sure I don’t e-mail the wrong person.

    Can’t wait for CT 2. It won’t be a trilogy right?

    Oh, and what’s your favorite book in the Framed! trilogy.

  5. Hey Stu,

    I know that the movie will take awhile but is the movie still on?
    Also ? Ss8 yaaaaaaaaaay!

  6. Stu
    I’m trying to start a book but I don’t know how.
    Since you make the best book I wanted to ask you, where do I start? And how do I make character relationships and should I use 1- or 3rd person if I’m a beginner writer? Help please

  7. Hey Stu, I’ve commented at least 3 times (not including this comment) on your website, but I could not find my comment or the reply. Anyway, if this comes through, I hope you know you have my condolence concerning your wife. I am very sorry, and I know that she is in a better place now.
    On a lighter note, I just want to thank you for bringing the thoughts of Spy School from your brain to pen and paper. I could not imagine this world without your books. I also love your FunJungle, Moonbase Alpha, Charlie Thorne, and will start reading The Last Musketeer today. I know that it will be good.
    Thank you,

  8. Spatula, I know I am not Stuart, but I want to give my thoughts on your question. Last time I checked he’s around 14 and it’s been like a year since. In real life, he would be possibly 15 by now, but books, Mr. Gibbs is the time-controller.

  9. Teddy –

    Authors don’t really pick their font. Book designers do. You’d have to ask one of them.

    Yes, that’s the right Lucy Cummins.

    I do not know how many books will be in the CT series.

    I liked Framed! the best.

  10. Confused –

    I hate to say this but… It is very very very hard to make a book if writing doesn’t come to you naturally. I can’t really explain how to start or how to create characters. It just kind of happens. Most people I know can’t stop coming up with ideas… and that’s why they write. You should make the decision about whether to write in first or third person, not me.

  11. Hey Stuart, I am sorry if it is on the website, but I can’t seem to find it. Is Charlie Thorne a series or is it just one novel. I am saying this because (not to spoil) the end of Charlie Thorne The Last Equation is a cliffhanger, I really want it to be a series.

  12. Since you got the idea of Spy School long ago, on a playground in elementary school, could you please tell me where you got the idea of FunJungle/MBA/Charlie Thorne. I apologize in advance if you have already put this in the acknowledgments of those books.

  13. -Dan

    If you look at his FAQ page, he has the answer there.
    Charlie Thorne was a cliffhanger. Literally.

  14. Murray is my favorite character. At first, I thought his name was Mur-Ray. He is so funny I also want to see Ben and Erica I know Ben and Zoe like each other bet Erica is way better for him.

  15. Who thinks Erica is trying really hard not to hide that she likes Ben? Just curious because every time he is with another Girl she seems to get annoyed and turn away

  16. Stu-
    Cool. I like Trapped! because of the whole international spy vibe. (My grandma says I watch to much Mission: Impossible).

    Anyway, how does your publisher get hardcover books on Amazon? Paperbacks and e-books are pretty easy, but I was curious about the good old durable hardbacks.

    And . . .How’d you find out about the restaurants inside of the Pentagon?

  17. Teddy –

    Amazon is just as happy to sell hardbacks as any other form of the book.

    I visited the Pentagon. Pretty much everything I described there really exists.

  18. VIP –

    Go to your local library and get the Literary Marketplace. Find the list of agents and reach out to a few. If they are interested in your book, they will ask you to send it to them. If they like the book, they will agree to represent you and hopefully sell it for you.

  19. Stu-
    some books in a series in the final book tell about a person later in life like 10 years later when (hopefully not soon) you end your series could you do that.

  20. efyso –

    I don’t know how I will end the Spy School series yet. But you might be pleased with how i ended the MBA series.

  21. Teddy –

    My publisher probably has more people working in marketing than editing. They advertise and work with independent booksellers and Barnes & Noble and Amazon to run promotions and send me to festivals and conventions and a couple hundred other things I probably don’t even know about.

  22. Dear Stu,
    Will the Tyrannosaurus Wrecks fun jungle book be the last, if it isn’t I have a idea.
    Can the end of fun jungle have some kind of funny twist where they meet the Spy School characters in one merged finally.

  23. Stu-
    When you sell books to kids when you do school visits, do you keep all the money or do you still have to pay a percentage back to your publisher?

    Note: If the answer is obvious than I’m sorry I bothered asking. Thing is though, when I had an author visit at my school, it wasn’t a very good author. He described spiders in a way that made you think of octopuses. Plus, he was kind of boring to listen to, like he didn’t want to be there. At some point at think I fell asleep because he was talking and then the next moment he was singing the books of the 2 kids that actually wanted books signed.
    So I didn’t really pay attention.
    And then when an INTERESTING author came I was sick so yeah.

  24. Teddy –

    An author NEVER gets all the money from the sale of a book. The author and the publisher negotiate percentages in a contract, but the author recognizes that the publisher pays the costs of publishing, marketing, etc. I do a school visit, any books that are sold are generally sold through a local bookstore, and the transaction is exactly the same as it would be if a student bought the book in a store.

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