Cover and Plot Reveal for FunJungle 8 (And the Cover Reveal for the Spy Camp Graphic Novel as well)

Two covers to debut today!  But first, let’s start with the big news you’ve been waiting for.  Here’s the cover of the new FunJungle:

As you may have deduced, this plot concerns a whale.  Here’s the details:

After an escaped kangaroo starts a fire that burns down his house, Teddy Fitzroy accepts an invitation to go to Malibu with his girlfriend, Summer, and her mother, Kandace. He’s hoping to spend some time relaxing on the beach, but wherever Teddy goes, trouble isn’t far behind.

First, a massive dead whale has washed up on the beach—and before anyone can determine what killed it, it explodes. Doc, the head vet from FunJungle, suspects something fishy is going on and ropes Teddy and Summer into helping him investigate.

Then, Teddy stumbles upon yet another mystery involving tons of stolen sand. And the paparazzi start spreading rumors about Summer dating a celebrity, leading Teddy to question their relationship.

Without Summer as his trusted partner, can Teddy navigate the rough waters of this glitzy world and uncover what’s going on?

The book is scheduled for release on February 21, 2023.  But if you want…

Click here to order it!

Now, I suspect that a few of you may have questions, so here are the answers to two of them:

Why did I pick a whale?

Because lots of people asked for one.  I figure that, over the years, more people have asked me for a whale mystery than any other animal.

Why does this one not place at FunJungle?

Because the victim is a blue whale.  And no zoo, not even FunJungle, has a blue whale on exhibit.  It simply can’t be done.

And now, for all of you excited to see the cover for Spy Camp the Graphic Novel:

This book will be available on April 4, 2023.  But once again…

Click here to preorder it!

163 thoughts on “Cover and Plot Reveal for FunJungle 8 (And the Cover Reveal for the Spy Camp Graphic Novel as well)

  1. Kelly Bundy –

    I have not met Suzanne Collins, but she is very close friends with my friend and fellow author James Ponti (who used to be her writing partner on Disney TV shows).

  2. Are you going to continue to expand the spy school series even as Ben gets older?

  3. Max Jones –

    I plan to keep the series going for a while longer — although, as you may have noticed, Ben is aging in it, but not too quickly. I’m not going to have him suddenly be 17.

  4. Mr. Gibbs
    Just as a reminder, the CharlieThorne Boxed set is still in the Upcoming releases category.

  5. Hello Mr. Gibbs!!! I love your books so much and thank you so much for writing them! Im just wondering how many books you estimate are going to be in the spy school series. I’m guessing you probably don’t know yet (sorry if I guessed wrong). Thank you so so so much for writing, your books are some of the only books me and my brother both love.


  6. Mr. Gibbs,
    I was wondering, why hasn’t the actual park of FunJungle been included as the main plot in recent books? In the past two books, FunJungle is not visited much, or at all, other than verbally mentioned. It also seems like the upcoming edition is not going to be including FunJungle much either.

  7. A_Citizen –

    Moving the action away from FunJungle has allowed me to do stories that I couldn’t do at FunJungle, which makes the series more interesting, I think.

  8. in FJ book 6 is Jerk-ees a reference to Buc-ees, the huge gas station that’s popular down south

  9. Jake Tarnow –

    It is difficult to come up with a good mystery, but I don’t really have to solve them myself. Instead, I have to figure out how it would be committed and who would do it.

    If you look on my FAQ page, you will see some explanations about where my ideas come from.

  10. Hey Mr. Gibbs!
    I’m an 8th grader currently and I have been hooked on your books since the beginning of 7th grade, especially your FunJungle novels!
    I love how you come up with all the mysteries!
    I wanted to ask, its fine its its too early on, but are you planning to continue the FunJungle series, and if so for how long?

  11. Hey Mr. Gibbs,

    I love all your book series! It impresses me how you come up with such eye-catching and interesting storylines.
    I wanted to ask,
    Out of all the 8 (now) FJ books you’ve written, which was your favorite to write or to come up with the storyline for?

  12. SuperSmart5 🙂

    While there isn’t an FJ book that was more fun to write than the others, some of the FJ books have allowed me to do some pretty amazing research: Big Game, Panda-Monium and Tyrannosaurus Wrecks all led to some really awesome experiences.

  13. Hey Stuart Gibbs,
    I had a couple questions for you and wanted you to answer them the best you can!
    Q1 – Have you read any of the books you have written? (I know that as an author, most would probably prefer not to because as they were writing it, they were sort of already reading it, but that also depend on the author so I wanted your answer!)
    Q2 – As the books go on, are Teddy and Summer going to like be growing up in age? How long do you books usually span (like for example if one book starts one year, does the next book talk about a few months after that or maybe a year?
    Q3 – How long does it typically take you to think of the storyline of a book and sending it off to be produced into the books we read?
    Q4 – Do you still do school visits?

    That’s it! Thank yiu so much for your time reading and I absolutley enjoy ur books <3

  14. Mr. Gibbs –

    Will Ben ever switch to the dark side?(For real, not like Evil SS)

  15. Bookworm –

    A1 – Occasionally, I have to go back and read a book that I have written (such as when I am adapting it for a graphic novel). But I have read each one many times during the editing process.

    A2 – Teddy and Summer ARE growing up. If you read the books in order, you can see that time passes between each one of them (though the amount off time differs from book to book).

    A3 – From the time I think of an idea until I start writing can be many years. From the time I start writing until the book comes out is about two years.

    A4 – Yes, I still do school visits. If I had stopped doing them, then I would have removed the School Visits page from my website.

  16. TheDodgersAreTheBest –


  17. Neil Shah –

    CT4 will probably be out in spring 2024, although I am not sure yet.

  18. Mr. Gibbs, I wanted to ask, how do you imagine/visualize Summer and Teddy?
    I’ve read the whole FJ Series and I’ve always imagined Teddy as a ginger-boy with very fainy freckles + brown eyes and a slight althetic body, and being like 1-inch taller than Summer. While for Summer, I’ve imagined her with long VERY blonde hair and a very slim but not athletic body.
    Other than that, love your books and keep up the amazing work! 🙂

  19. jesusisking8513

    The reason I don’t describe Teddy or Summer in great detail is that I have found that readers tend to come up with great visions of the characters all on their own. Yours sound great. If you visualize the characters that way, that’s perfect.

  20. Mr Gibbs,
    I have just two questions to ask,
    1, Will the SS series end when Ben gets to be 17?
    2, Are there still plans for the SS movie, or has that been put to the side?
    (PS, if an SS movie does come out, I will watch it 5 times in one day)

  21. Brendan –

    It is going to be a loooooong time until Ben reaches 17 — so the series might end before he is that old. I really don’t know yet.

    Nothing has changed since my last post about the SS movie.

  22. Mr Gibbs-
    Do you plan to keep the profanity in the SS series (mainly from Cyrus) in the comic book? My 8 year old sister read the first book over and over so I would just have to make sure and be a responsible big brother 🙂

  23. SwitchfootFan –

    As far as I know, Cyrus has never uttered any profanity in the series.

    In the first book, I used two words that I later discovered people still found offensive (although many people do not consider them profanity) so I have stopped using those in the books and did not use them in any of the GN scripts.

  24. Sorry, I know there is already a comment about this, but why is doc Deakins daughter Suzie in belly up, and Lily in lion down?

  25. ItsRainingSocks –

    The possibility of a FunJungle movie is pretty small at this point. I wish it were otherwise.

  26. RELA-master

    I’m sure I will be back to Tweens Read again — but it might be another year or two. They like to change their list of invitees every year.

  27. Sometimes in popular books, there are nature comebacks such as Earthquakes, Tornados, Quicksand, Flooding, or other natural incidents. might you be adding them to any new books? Such as SS, FJ, and CT *Reads again* Oh wait you already added it for CT.
    (I also know why the whale explodes. Why?)
    When a whale dies, the guts will start to rot. When they do rot, they apply pressure to the whale until it explodes. (Basically shaking soda)

  28. User’s Gaming –

    Concerning nature, you might appreciate the opening chapters of Whale Done.

    But you’re wrong about why the whale explodes. Yes, what you describe can happen, but that’s not what happens in my book.

  29. User’s Gaming –

    I can tell you what my most popular book is in terms of sales: Spy School. But is it my most liked book? I have no idea.

    I have a whole blog post recommending books (and authors) that I like.

  30. Uhm…..Teddy lives in a house? Since when? I thought he was lived in a small trailer. Did I miss out on something? I’m seeing that the comments don’t say anything about that. I’m very excited for Whale Done. The plot is very intriguing. It makes me want to go to Malibu. Beaches are a great setting for the story. There hasn’t been any “seaside” sets in the FJ books. And I’m also excited about the SC graphic novel. It’s one of my favourites in the series. Thanks for writing these books, they are phenomenal. I have a question, how much do you write a day? With all your series, and also posting blogs, replying to comments, that seems like a lot.

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