BIG NEWS. I will now be releasing THREE books in 2021.

Here’s one side effect of the COVID-19 crisis: I have a lot more time to write.

Originally, I was going to be gone for several weeks between book tour for Tyrannosaurus Wrecks, spring book festivals and my kids’ spring break.  Instead, I have spent that time at home, writing.  Which means that I could make something happen that I wouldn’t have been able to otherwise.

Instead of releasing two books next year, I am going to release three.

The newcomer is the seventh FunJungle book, which is going to come out in May of 2021.  Charlie Thorne will now come out early in the year (I assume around February) while Spy School 9 will come out in the fall.

Obviously, I do not have titles for these books yet.  And I am not going to answer any questions about what the storylines are for a while.  That information — along with more accurate release dates, will be forthcoming.

In other exciting news, Spy School is finally coming out in Spanish!  If you’d like to preorder Escuela de Espias, click here.

Okay, that’s all I have time for.  I have lots of writing to do.

I hope that your isolation is going as well as can be.  Stay strong.  And keep reading.

438 thoughts on “BIG NEWS. I will now be releasing THREE books in 2021.

  1. Hey Mr. Gibbs

    When you were writing the first Spy School book, about how far in the series did you think ahead?

  2. In Revolution, will Ben be going solo or will he be accompanied by other people. And if he is, will it his friends or adults? Because I think that your books are more fun to read when Ben and his friends are not being accompanied and dictated by adults. But that’s just my opinion (:

  3. Boe4Life –

    I did not think ahead in the series at all. There was a decent chance that the book wouldn’t sell and that there wouldn’t even have been a second book, so it made no sense to think ahead.

  4. Bob –

    I am still not sure what you are referencing. This is a WordPress site and I just did an update, so maybe that’s why.

  5. I see it too. Its a blue circle with a white “W” inside of it right next to where it says the name of the tab.

  6. Hi Mr. Gibbs-

    I just finished reading (finally) Tyrannosaurus Wrecks! Yet again, you delivered a hilarious and unexpected book that was super fun to read! (Even if some may say I’m too old to read the series and I ignore them).

    I couldn’t help but notice the parallels between Snakes Alive and that whole plotline and Tiger King (the Netflix Documentary). I know that was probably all coincidental as you started the book long before it aired but I found it very interesting! After all, it is a real-life example of these types of zoos.

    I thought that Snakes Alive was very similar to GW Zoo. They both have large animals that may (or may not) be there legally. Also, Rick reminded me a lot of Joe Exotic (in fact, according to the Barksdales, you even have to “ask to see something exotic” (Gibbs 11.139). And, of course, I don’t want to spoil anything but lets just say Rick was involved in shady, illegal things, just like Joe Exotic.

    I was wondering if you have seen the documary and what your thoughts are on it, and it’s parallels to your own book.

    Thank you! I look forward to your response! 🙂

  7. Sophie –

    The parallels to Tiger King are sort of coincidental. As I have been writing the FJ series, many keepers at legitimate AZA-accredited zoos had asked me to write about the fact that there were so many non-accredited wildlife experiences. So I started doing a lot of research into this area. So I knew about Joe Exotic and everyone else when I started writing. (Their existence really wasn’t a secret.)_

  8. Mr. Gibbs,

    That’s very interesting! I’m glad you’re spreading awareness. I know that there are a lot of those types of zoos (Like Snakes Alive, I saw a lot of billboards on roadtrips) out there. I am into politics and I first heard about Joe Exotic when he ran for president in 2016. Back then, I focused more on his political views than his zoo.

    However, when I saw the documentary, it exposed the type of stuff (and abuse) the animals endure while in the care of people like Joe Exotic. Although, yes, it is a documentary and can be told from a biased point of view (as Carol Baskin claims that the producers edited her in a certain way) I do think that Tiger King opened many peoples eyes to the world of non-accredited or private zoos. Was GW Zoo one of the zoos you researched?

    It is great both are spreading awareness in different forms of media. I couldn’t help but notice the similarities in your book and the documentary! Both were fantastic and exciting.

    Thank you for responding!

  9. Sophie –

    I looked at a lot of uncertified zoos, including GW. (Honestly, we need a better word that ‘zoo’ for these places, because it gets confusing, which is bad for AZA-certified zoos.)

  10. In the last book Ben asked Cyru if his parents could get some protection will that happen in SSR

  11. Hey Stu how come in Space Case it said that Cesar was nice to Dash but in Spaced Out it said that he was mean?

  12. Hey Stu,

    Have you ever been to Austin, Tx? It is a really fun and eclectic place. Also, if you’re a foodie (like me), Austin has many great restaurants and food trucks that serve AMAZING food! If you haven’t already, you should visit it after this pandemic!

  13. Alex –

    I guess Cesar started being a jerk. A few months of confined isolation can make people change their behavior.

  14. Meera –

    If you look at my FAQ, you will see that I grew up in San Antonio. Plus, Austin hosts the Texas Book Festival and the Summer Splash Reading Event every year. So I have been to Austin a lot.

  15. Mr. Gibbs,

    I was wondering if you could tell us for sure is SPYDER is really defeated for good.

  16. Hi Stuart,

    Random question, but do you have any tv show recommendations? I’ve caught up to Grey’s Anatomy and LOVED IT (favorite show ever) and now I’m sad its over haha. I also like shows like The Office and Parks and Rec. I also (even though I don’t normally like fantasy shows) but really enjoyed Once Upon a Time.

    Your comedy style and writing style is the type I like, so any show recommendations? Thanks! Say safe!

  17. ava –

    Try Brooklyn 99 (there is occasionally some mature content, but if you have seen Grey’s then I assume you can handle it.)

    BTW, my wife was instrumental in developing Grey’s Anatomy and putting it on TV in the first place. She hired Shonda Rhimes to create a medical show and was involved with all aspects of the production.

  18. Stuart,

    NO WAY!!! OH MY GOSH!! I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THAT SHOW!!! It’s so funny, exciting and overall incredible! I can’t wait for the rest of season 16 to come out! It’s fantastic. Your wife really hit it out of the park. Everyone I know LOVES it!

    And that’s so funny you say that, I’ve seen Brooklyn 99 as well! I’m a huge SNL fan and really enjoyed it because it stars Andy Samberg! I also liked Modern Family!

    Sorry to bug you again but any other suggestions?

  19. ava –

    The Good Place.

    After that, I have no more TV suggestions. I don’t really watch that much TV. Those are all the shows I have seen.

  20. Stuart-

    hahahaha I’ve watched that too. I’m a HUGE Michael Schur fan so I’ve seen most of his stuff. He worked a lot on Park and Rec and the Office (he plays Mose Schrute too!) He’s also produced and directed Good Place, Brooklyn 99 and wrote on SNL.

    thanks for all the suggestions! After reading the books I could tell we have a similar comedy style!

  21. Hey Stu are you claustrophobic because you menschen it in a few of your books? Also some people might not find those spaces claustrophobic.

  22. Alex –

    I am not really claustrophobic. But the scenarios that occur in my books are not really ones that people usually face.

    For example, I am one of the relatively few non-NASA people who has ever been inside a space shuttle or a space capsule. They are a lot smaller than I ever imagined they were. And when you’re an astronaut, you’re in that small space with other people for many days. Lots of people who wouldn’t normally consider themselves claustrophobic don’t do well in such spaces, which is why NASA tests potential astronauts rigorously to see how they handle confinement.

    In my other books, my characters might also end up in tight spaces on occasion, but often those are places like catacombs, where there might be a bit more at play than just claustrophobia.

  23. Hello Mr. Gibbs,
    I know that you said that there was a decent chance that the book wouldn’t sell and that there wouldn’t even have been a second book, so it made no sense to think ahead, but when the first Spy School book sold really well and it became really popular, did you think ahead in the series when you were withing the second book ?

  24. FlowerScentedSoap –

    Once I knew SS would become a series, I started to think a few books ahead. But I didn’t immediately start thinking “How can I end this series?”

  25. Hi Stu and everyone else reading! I hope quarantine is treating y’all well!

    This is a little out of place, but in Book 4 of the Spy School Series, when Ben is talking with Mike in the almost empty zoo, at the end of the chapter Ben says (as a narrator) that he had not payed attention to something and missed something big that would later be a problem later on in the book. I have read and reread the book and I can’t figure out what it is.
    I know you are busy, but could someone tell me what it was?

    Thank you!

  26. Carolina –

    Ben misses that Mike says he could come to Colorado to ski when Ben is there.

  27. Dear Mr. Gibbs,

    I have started reading the spy school series and it is SO good, they are some of the best books I have ever read. I am on spy ski school. I think you are an amazing writer and after I finish most of the books in the spy school series I am planning on reading your other series. I feel like if I was a character in your book I would be Zoe.

    I hope you are doing well! Thank you!!

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