Spy School 9 cover and title reveal

Hey readers.  I know many of you have been very eager for this post.  Ever since Spy School Revolution came out, people have been asking me when I was going to reveal the plot, title and cover for SS9.

Well, here’s the cover — yet another masterful job by Lucy Cummins:


And here is the synopsis:

Thanks to the evidence Ben uncovered in his investigation of the Croatoan, the CIA has tracked his nemesis, Murray Hill, to Central America, where they believe he is boarding the world’s biggest cruise ship, The Emperor of the Seas, on its maiden voyage around the world.

The CIA and MI6 want to find out what Murray is plotting, but to do that, they need to send in the person who knows Murray Hill the best: Ben Ripley. Only Ben can’t be sent in alone. So he’ll be posing as part of a family, with Alexander and Catherine Hale as his parents, Erica as his sister, and his best friend Mike as his brother.

At first, it sounds exciting to have a mission on the most glamorous ocean liner on earth, but as usual, nothing goes according to plan. There is action, danger, and plenty of surprises as Ben and his team quickly find themselves in hot water.

And finally, here is the release date: August 31, 2021.

Click here to pre-order it!


1,350 thoughts on “Spy School 9 cover and title reveal

  1. Thanks! BTY Who here has terrible allergies I could NOT BREATH last night mine are sooooooooooooo bad

  2. I’m not allergic to anything really. If you count going cray when eating sugar as an allergy, then no.

  3. Everyone-

    If any of you have read Bear Bottom, please do not spoil it to those of us who haven’t.

    Thank you,
    Shaang Chi

  4. I can’t wait-

    There are exactly 100 days until Spy School At Sea comes out

  5. Benjamin Ripley (Long name that I’m to lazy to type out)-

    A ballerina’s TUTU

  6. Agent E-

    Hey, hey. hey! That seems like the correct answer! Good job!

  7. Dhruv –

    I would probably rather work with the FBI. They are really a law enforcement agency, rather than an intelligence gathering agency. The action and adventure depicted by the CIA in my books is really highy unlikely in the real CIA.

  8. Hi Mr. Gibbs,

    First off, I’d just like to say I’m a huge fan. Not just of Spy School, but of all your series’ in general. With that being said, I have a question. Do you have a favorite/least favorite character from the Spy School series? Why or why not?

  9. Ronnie –

    I do not have a favorite or least favorite character from Spy School or any of my series. As an author, I work extremely hard developing all of my characters, so it is impossible to say that I like one more (or less) than all of the others.

  10. I’m not allergic to anything either but I can still get seasonal allergies. But we found out that it was either a cold or covid-19. Thankfully I’m over it now.

  11. I would like to see how many people respond to this, please just say this to respond:

    -Yur Boi

  12. Mr. Gibbs,

    If the FBI normally would do the action and the CIA just gathers intelligence, why did you make the characters in Spy School and Charlie Thorne part of the CIA and not the FBI?

  13. Dhruv –

    I make the CIA the way I do in my books because I the stories take place internationally — AND MY BOOKS ARE FICTION. So I can do whatever I want. I do not have to write reality. For example, there is not spy school for kids at the CIA. I made that up.

  14. If you say #SSAS, you are a member of the Stu army

  15. Ben:
    It seems like a death by crocodile was highly likely (something like that)
    What he should have said:
    It looks like death by Murray yodeling was highly likely

  16. Hello, Mr. Gibbs.
    I love all of your books and I just finished Bear Bottom in the Funjungle series and can’t wait for the next one. Do you have an expected date for when it comes out? Or will it come out?

  17. Hello, Mr. Gibbs.
    I am a big fan of all of the series you write, and
    Thank you for writing such great books for fans like me to read. I have four questions:
    1: If you could work at any exhibit at Funjungle, which would it be?
    2: If you could go back in time and meet any of the first spy masters of this country, who would it be?
    3: What gave you the idea to introduce Erica Hales sister in SSR?
    4: In Funjungle, there is always so much knowledge about animals. How many hours would you say you put into research for the books?
    Thank you so much, have a great day.

  18. Hello, Mr. Gibbs.
    I just wanted to say that you are my favorite author and I love your books. You must have put so much time and effort into each one, and I am very grateful that I read them. I have one question:
    If you could be a character in any of the books you write, who would you be and in which book?
    Thank you for you time.

  19. SummerMcCracken –

    You can always find upcoming release information in the right hand column of every single page of this website.

  20. SummerMcKraken –

    1) I’d want to work with the elephants.
    2) George Washington
    3) It’s an idea I had for a very long time and that book seemed like the best place to do it.
    4) In a way, I have been researching these books my entire life. Sometimes, a fact I am using is something I learned 30 years ago. Or more.

  21. I can’t wait until SSAS is available!!
    I’m for team “Berica”! (Ben+Erica!)

  22. #SSAS
    Who here has read for freedom it is AMAZING! It is about a French spy during world war ll.
    It’s by kemberly brubaker bradly

  23. Detective Sherlock –

    There are hundreds of songs that I really love. I really can’t pick one.

  24. Stu
    I think SSSS stands for Spy School Secret Service. Also, I understand if you can’t answer this, but is Xavier a spy? Because in Spy School, one of the spies that the email got sent to was Xavier Gonzales. Or is that just a reused name

  25. Berica4Ever –

    Xavier Gonzalez might be related to the other Xavier Gonzalez. You never know.

  26. Mr. Gibbs which spy movie do you like better Mission Impossible or James Bond? Personally I like mission impossble.

  27. Another thing is why does it make us go back when we post a comment? Then we have to press newer comments.

  28. Anonymous –

    I think that the Mission Impossible series has a better good to bad movie ratio (5 of the 6 are quite good, if not excellent) than the James Bond series (of which many are outright terrible).

  29. Mr. Gibbs

    I just wanted to say that I am really excited that you are realizing new books. I love reading the spy school series, and it is literally what kept me alive during the pandemic so thank you for saying that you will be realising new books. Thank you so much!!!

  30. Yes some James Bond are good but I have watched many bad ones, and I really don’t like Mission Impossible 2 but the rest are good.

  31. Dear Stu,
    You are my FAVORITE author OF ALL TIME. The books you make are incredibly entertaining and always keep you on the edge of your seat. You have been blessed with an amazing talent. I just want to thank you for what you do. Don’t ever stop doing what you love!!!
    P.s how do you come up with the plot for a book????

  32. #1 Greatest fan –

    Coming up with the plot of a book can take years of brainstorming. It’s hard to explain exactly how it happens. It just happens.

  33. Stuart Gibbs-

    That scene in Mission Impossible: Fallout where Ethan and Walker do the bus jammed in the alley trick was an inspiration for your scene in SSBI, right? I’m pretty sure it is but I wanted to ask on the off chance it not.

  34. Aiden –

    No. SSBI came out in April 2019, which meant I had done multiple drafts by the time I saw MI Fallout. I came up with the bus scene years before that. It had nothing to do with that movie.

  35. Stu-
    I just read the 1st spy school book and I feel kind of sorry for Ashley sparks. Is she in SSAS
    and do u have plans for her in the future

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