New FunJungle mystery now available — in Super Puzzletastic Mysteries!

Hey everyone!

Many of you have been writing to me, saying that you need a great new book to read.  Well I have one for you.

Super Puzzletastic Mysteries is out today.  It has twenty great short stories written by a cavalcade of exceptional Middle Grade authors: folks like Chris Grabenstein, James Ponti, Kate Milford, Lauren Magaziner, Peter Lerangis… and more.  Including a short FunJungle mystery by me.  Grabenstein himself edited them all — and did his usual, excellent job. Some are hilarious.  Some are touching.  And all are wonderful.

And, for extra fun, you get to match wits with these mystery writers.  Like Encyclopedia Brown mysteries, each story challenges you to solve it — before turning to the back of the book to see if you’re right.

Click here to order it today!

67 thoughts on “New FunJungle mystery now available — in Super Puzzletastic Mysteries!

  1. OJTDF –

    I’m confused here. Are you saying that someone kind of knowing Italian means that the security force is now competent?

    Marge got the net from my imagination.

    There are maps of FunJungle in several of the other books. We might mix things up again in book 7.

  2. Stu-

    I read the FunJungle mystery! It was pretty good. I am sad that you only wrote one story, but it was a good one.

  3. Stu-
    You guys did a great job in SPM. It gave me that same Donald J Sobol feeling. (I’ve read everything by him minus two books in the EB series.)

    Also, very random, but, have you ever considered doing a story where it’s first person with a third person cutaway?

    And, have you seen Perry Mason? The old Tv show with Rammond Burr?

  4. Amilyn –

    We have been changing the maps in the books so they are not always the same.

  5. Teddy Fitzroy –

    Doing a first person/third person book is complicated. You did exactly the right idea for that to be worth.

    I saw some old Perry Masons long ago.

  6. Zan –

    There is no copyright on The Three Musketeers. Copyrights don’t last forever.

    Do you mean the town of Artagnan? Yes, it exists.

  7. Stu-
    Why did you decide to do a monkey problem when you already did one in Big Game with Pancake?

  8. Amilyn –

    If you read the story, it will make sense why I chose a monkey. Also, Pancake was an ape. And a squirrel monkey and an orangutan are significantly different animals.

  9. Oh my goodness, I completely forgot about the monkey/ape difference! It’s comes up so much in your FunJungle books…
    Now I feel like one of the dumb people in FunJungle who don’t know the difference between monkeys and apes

  10. Stu
    Italian is not an easy languge to learn and going to italy is not exactly cheap and you said that it only attracted people that did not make the cut and high schoolers. and Hoenekker said that he needed more money to attract them and hire them. So i assume that is a low paying job.

    Another question

    have your books been transalated?

  11. OJTDF –

    You don’t have to go to Italy to learn Italian. Maybe the person was born in Italy and emigrated to the USA. It is not that rare for someone to speak Italian. It is not an obscure language.

    Yes. my books have been translated into many languages. Particularly Spy School.

  12. in tyrannosaurus wrecks what was the metal thing (it was in the river) teddy saw when he first arrived at sage’s ranch?

  13. -stu

    oh, and also can u tell us what books there r Easter eggs in so it can narrow down the search a little?

  14. e1912b

    I don’t recall there being any metal thing in the river. Could you be more specific?

  15. e1912b

    Now if I told you where to look for Easter Eggs, that would take all the fun out of finding them.

  16. Stu-
    Are you only making 7 books in the FunJungle series? And when is the 7th one coming out?

  17. JKannan –

    I do not know how many books will be in the FJ series. If you look to the right side of every single column of this website, you will see an upcoming releases box.

  18. Stu-
    I forgot to ask you, is there any chance of a Belly Up movie? And are you going to be doing another book like the Super Puzzletastic Mysteries (maybe with a short story about spy school)?

    PS. I love your books! Especially FunJungle and Spy School!

  19. Jkannan –

    I would love for there to be an FJ movie, but there are no plans for that right now.

    And no plans for any more short story anthologies either.

  20. why is there always characters with similar personalities in different books? What i mean is warren is similar to roddy and xaviar: they all want to get another girl that already likes the main character and they are physically weak with no talents. zoe is similar to summer and kira, because they are all happy and help the main character in solving mysteries. Then theres always the main character, like ben, dash and teddy. i hope you do not take offense, i love your books a lot!

  21. bobby –

    I would argue that those characters are rather different than you are making it sound. Yes, they have some similarities, but they also have many differences. All stories have main characters, so the fact that Ben, Dash and Teddy are all main characters is not exactly a similarity.

  22. Hi Stu!
    I really like your books, and
    I’m so excited for SS revolution to come out!
    Also I wonder what The next Charlie Thorne is going to be about.

  23. Stu-
    If there is a Spy School movie, is the cast going to be the real ages they are in the books (or look like it), or is it going to be like the Percy Jackson movies, where even though the characters are 12 in the books, they’re like 17 in the movies?
    I know you don’t decide the cast but are you hoping for the actors/actresses to be the same age as the characters?

  24. Stu-
    Is Doc’s daughter’s name Lily or Susie? In Belly Up it says, “If I didn’t do his dirty
    work, he’d turn Susie in,” but in Lion Down, her name is Lily. Was it a misprint?

  25. Hey Stu,
    I love Spy School and Funjungle, and understand that the less books you are writing at a time gives you more time to focus on each one, but I was wondering if you were planning on writing another series

  26. Hey, Stu! I was rereading the first Spy School today, when I came across a passage that piqued my interest. “The next five were names I didn’t recognize: Percy Thigpen, Eustace McCrae, Robert Friggoletto, Eleanor Hasket, Xavier Gonzalez.”

    Xavier Gonzalez.

    Is this a throwaway line, like how you name-drop your kids into almost every story of yours? Or is this evidence of a … Stuart Gibbs Universe (a Stuniverse, if you will)?

    (lol i know you don’t plan on making a crossover anytime soon, but I have my fun)

  27. Stu-

    In response to one of my earlier questions, you said that FunJungle is about the size of the San Diego Zoo, but the San Diego Zoo is only about 100 acres. There are much larger zoos by area, even though FunJungle is said to be the largest in the world. This would lead me to assume that the FunJungle series takes place in an alternate universe, or else in the future where a bunch of zoos have been destroyed(which is not likely.)However, Trump’s decision to remove America from the Paris Accord apparently impacts the world in which Spy School takes place. So, Spy School most likely takes place in the future of our universe. I’m not sure if this was deliberate or not. It could have just been a mistake. But according to this logic, the Xavier Gonzalez in Spy School would most likely be a throwaway. Unless he could travel through universes…… but that’s not likely. Is Xavier Gonzalez just the name of someone you know, like Violet and Dashiell?

  28. Benjamin Fitzroy –

    Somewhere in Belly Up, I say that the FJ property is 10 square miles, which is actually enormous. But the theme park itself doesn’t take up all that property — yet. That said, are you sure I didn’t say the park was the size of the SD Safari park?

  29. It challenges us to solve the mysteries ourselves? Judging from the crossbones on the top left corner of the cover that doesn’t seem very safe

  30. Hey Stu
    I am an Eight grader and I am 13 and I have to say I really love your books i am not one of those kids who started reading because of the pandemic ive been reading since 2013 and been a fan of your books since 2017 my favorite of the series was obviously spy school but i love all the other ones too i have finished the funjungle series and the mba series (ive also made a short story of the continuation of mba as mbb) ive read charlie thorne and all i am missing is the three musketeers i cant wait to read it thank you for your inspiration as it has pushed me in to becoming a grade a student today, Your pal Teddy

    P.S. Sorry for the grammar but as I a in the iddle of reading and want to continue the book (i am rereading the spy school series.)

  31. Teddy –

    Glad to hear that you have enjoyed my books. Still, it’s always much easier to read a comment when someone takes the time to put periods at the end of sentences.

  32. Stu-

    I understand that it is very hard to write a book so I want to make your job a little easier. I saw this on discord and wanted to share it with you:
    Summer and Teddy go on a date and Teddy leaves for the bathroom. When he comes back he finds out Summer been kidnapped, along with the new baby wolf the zoo just acquired. Teddy has got to figure out what happened. The end

    I hope you like it and consider putting it into a FunJungle book,

  33. Person –

    I appreciate your enthusiasm but, counter to what you might think, it is actually HARDER to incorporate other people’s ideas into my books than it is for me to incorporate my own. For me, coming up with ideas is not difficult, although it is a long, involved process, which is why I really can’t accept other people’s ideas.

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