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Murder.  Mayhem.  Megafauna.

Henry the Hippo, the beloved mascot of FunJungle, America’s hottest new tourist attraction, is dead.  Twelve-year-old Teddy Fitzroy suspects foul play, but when no one believes him, he decides to investigate himself.  To his surprise, he discovers that plenty of people wanted Henry gone — and the list of suspects keeps growing.  As Teddy searches through the clues and asks too many questions, it becomes clear that he too might end up belly up.

2013 PENNSYLVANIA YOUNG READERS CHOICE AWARD WINNER

2012 MARK TWAIN READERS AWARD FINALIST

BANK STREET MOCK NEWBERRY PICK

CYBIL AWARD FINALIST

DOROTHY CANFIELD FISHER BOOK AWARD FINALIST

2012 LONE STAR READING LIST SELECTION

2013 GREAT LAKES / GREAT BOOKS HONOR BOOK

2013 SOUTH CAROLINA BOOK AWARD FINALIST

2013 NORTH CAROLINA BOOK AWARD FINALIST

 

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“First-novelist Gibbs offers no shortage of suspects in his fast-paced story, which deftly mixes humor and suspense. Cleverly plotted…this book is an auspicious debut that will leave readers clamoring for more.” – Booklist

“Great fun… In his authorial debut, screenwriter Gibbs combines details of the inner workings of zoos with some over-the-top action for an entertaining read.” – Kirkus Reviews

“Gibbs handles issues of animal welfare in a fair way without being preachy, and his motley cast of characters holds its own with quirky personalities and memorable details.” – School Library Journal

 

When Ben Ripley gets recruited to the CIA’s top secret Academy of Espionage, he thinks his dreams have come true.  But he’s in for much more than he bargained for.  Turns out, Ben’s been brought in as bait to catch a mole.  Now, he’s got to catch the bad guy before he gets caught in order to protect his own life — and his grade point average.

2013 EDGAR AWARD NOMINEE FOR BEST JUVENILE MYSTERY

COLORADO CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD NOMINEE

VOLUNTEER STATE BOOK AWARD NOMINEE

GEORGIA CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD NOMINEE

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Spy School pulls together the best of middle grade writing—action, adventure, awkward romance, plot twists and turns, and of course, unrelenting humor. Gibbs does an excellent job of never quite letting you figure out what is going to happen next, and keeping you on your toes. Ben is a perfect bumbling hero… Spy School will keep young readers engrossed from cover to cover.” — Bookpage

Twists and turns in the plot keep readers guessing until the very end. The story, over-the-top funny, combines Alex Rider’s espionage skills with a huge dose of the sarcasm of Artemis Fowl.” – School Library Journal

Stuart Gibbs has set up a fast-paced and humorous action story… a book as entertaining as an animated film. Spy School begins with immediate action and carries the pace through to the end. Gibbs combines plot twists, action, and humor so the story never gets boring. — Christian Library Journal

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Ben Ripley is back!  And now that summer’s finally here, he’s ready to have some fun and relax. Except that’s not going to happen, because a spy-in-training’s work is never done.  Ben and his fellow students are shipped off to Spy Camp, a top secret wilderness survival training facility — and when SPYDER, an enemy spy organization resurfaces, Ben will have to put all those newfound survival skills to the test.  Luckily, Ben has Erica Hale — his beautiful and talented fellow student — along for the adventure.  Not so luckily, he has her father — who isn’t so talented — along as well.  Can Ben stay alive, impress the girl and once again thwart SPYDER’s nefarious plans?

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“Gibbs’ screenwriter roots are evident in the explosive action sequences. The quirky cast of characters, witty dialogue and high-stakes action make for an entertaining read that will likely satisfy adrenaline junkies.” – Kirkus Reviews.

“Spies, counterspies and moles speed the brisk action… The characters are both comic and convincing (no mean feat), and the story boasts some nifty surprises. Fans of the genre will be pleased and will look forward to the next volume in this series.”  - Booklist

 

 

Greg Rich has just been catapulted back through time.

One moment, his parents were selling their family heirlooms to Michel Dinicouer, a mysterious and suspicious curator at the Louvre in Paris — and the next thing Greg knows, he’s in France in 1615.  His parents have come along, too, only they’ve been captured by the King’s Guard and thrown into La Mort, the world’s most dangerous prison.  Now, Greg has to rescue them… but how?

By uniting the Three Musketeers.  Greg soon discovers that the three great warriors from Alexander Dumas’s classic novel actually exist — only they’re teenagers as well and haven’t met yet.  Even stranger, Greg might just turn out to be the fourth Musketeer, D’Artagnan.  Together, the Musketeers need to pull off an impossible, death-defying rescue — and unravel the devious plot of Dinicouer as well.  Get ready for action, adventure and mystery in this new novel from the acclaimed writer of ‘Belly Up.’

JUNIOR LIBRARY GUILD SELECTION

GRAND CANYON AWARD NOMINEE

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“From the gripping first sentence—’Clinging to the prison wall, Greg Rich realized how much he hated time travel’—the excitement never flags in this newly imagined Musketeer adventure. Using Alexandre Dumas’ stories as a jumping-off point, Gibbs mixes fact, fantasy and thrills to create a galloping swashbuckler.” -Kirkus Reviews

“Gibbs’ playful, action-packed twist on the classic novel includes plenty of humor as Greg attempts to fit into medieval life. An entertaining premise and high adventure.” – ALA Booklist

“Gibbs deftly packs an abundance of historical detail into a lively narrative that captures the swashbuckling spirit of Dumas’s original. Full of jovial humor, narrow escapes, sorcery, and intrigue, the novel will likely generate interest in the classic… A good choice for older reluctant readers.” – School Library Journal

 

 

Greg Rich and the Musketeers are back!

 When Michel Dinicoeur escapes from the Bastille and flee, the Musketeers are assigned to pursue the madman through the French countryside toward Spain.  But the closer Greg and his friends get, the more danger they find themselves in.  They must confront assassins, hostile natives — and, most troublesome of all, a possible traitor among their ranks.

And when Greg finally discovers Dinicouer’s ruthless plot, he’ll find that the fate of all human history hangs in the balance.

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“This series entry can serve as a fine stand-alone… The fast-paced, well-researched novel draws readers in immediately and once there, they may find it hard to leave. There is plenty of action, intrigue, and even a hint of romance as Greg navigates the ins and outs of medieval life and continues his ruse as a teen from Artagnan. Strong female characters in the form of Catherine and Milady de Winter provide a nice balance to the otherwise male-dominated tale… A great addition to any collection.” – School Library Journal


The final book in the exciting Last Musketeers trilogy!

Greg Rich has traveled through time, become one of the legendary Musketeers, and—most recently— prevented the Spanish army from attacking Paris. He should feel invincible. Instead, he and his friends languish in prison, having stumbled into a trap set by Milady and the Prince of Condé.

But Greg didn’t come to the seventeenth century to sit in a jail cell and await execution. He, Aramis, Athos, and Porthos are Musketeers, and King Louis is in immediate danger of being overthrown by the scheming prince. Faster than they can say “All for one, and one for all,” the boys plot to break out of prison, defend Louis, and return Greg and his parents to the twenty-first century.

Amid narrow escapes, flying arrows, and fiery explosions, the Musketeers battle to save the king— and history itself. Because if the past changes, what happens to Greg’s future?

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And coming in fall 2014…

 

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For twelve-year-old Dash Gibson, being one of the first humans to live on a moon colony isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.  But his life gets a jolt when a top lunar scientist mysteriously turns up dead.  Dash suspects foul play, but no one believes him, so Dash takes the case himself — but he better watch out.  If he doesn’t crack the case quickly, he too might end up dead on the moon.