Thursday, April 29, 2010

Guy Friday- SPIES!!!

When I started at the Blendon library in 2002, I don't know that we had any spy books. I was even reluctant to buy Stormbreaker; now we have 13 copies. Clearly, spy fiction is appealing to both boys and girls, and great new titles are being written all the time. We'll start with this list for now!

If You Liked Stormbreaker

Becker, Tom. Darkside. (Series-2)

Jonathan stumbles upon Darkside, a terrifying and hidden part of London ruled by the descendents of Jack the Ripper, where Jonathan is in mortal danger if he cannot find the way out.

Butcher. Spy High (series-4)

The members of the Bond team at Deveraux Academy, a special high school that trains students to be secret agents, try to save the world from threats.

Carroll. Quantum Prophecy (series-3)

Ten years after the disappearance of superhumans--two boys begin to develop super powers, making them the object of much unwanted attention.

Carter. I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You. (series-4)

As a sophomore at a secret spy school and the daughter of a former CIA operative, Cammie meets a local boy while on a class surveillance mission.

Colfer. Artemis Fowl (Series-5) NEW! Artemis Fowl and the Time Paradox

Artemis kidnaps a fairy, he discovers they're armed and dangerous. His adventure is full of twists and turns in a world of magic, mystery and humor.

Craig. Jimmy Coates: Assassin. (series-2 in the US; 6 in UK)

While escaping from the strange men that are after him in London, Jimmy discovers he possesses many unusual talents for an eleven-year-old boy.

Dowd, Siobhan. The London Eye Mystery.

When Salim disappears from the London Eye ferris wheel, two siblings must work together--Ted with his brain that is "wired differently" and impatient Kat--to solve the mystery of what happened to him.

Gilman, David. The Devil’s Breath.

When his father goes missing and he is almost killed at his boarding school in England, Max travels to the wilderness of Namibia to try to find him where he soon learns about his father's work to stop Shaka Chang and his evil plot for ecological destruction.

Gordon, Roderick and Brian Williams. Tunnels. (Series-4)

When Will tries to find his father, he is led to a world underneath London, full of sinister inhabitants with evil intentions toward "Topsoilers".

Higson. Silverfin. (Series-5) NEW! Double or Die.

Young James Bond must battle against an insane arms dealer who is attempting to create a race of indestructible soldiers .

Higgins. Sure Fire.(Series-3)

Rich and Jade have problems when their father is kidnapped and their attempts to rescue him involve them in a dangerous international plot to control the world's oil.

Horowitz. Stormbreaker. (series-8)

After the death of his guardian, 14-year-old Alex Rider is coerced to continue his uncle's dangerous work for Britain's intelligence agency, M16.

Jinks. Evil Genius

Child prodigy Cadel Piggot, an antisocial computer hacker, discovers his true identity when he enrolls as a first-year student at an advanced crime academy.

Lorey, Dean. Nightmare Academy:Book I

Charlie enrolls in the Nightmare Academy to learn to control his powers; but a powerful creature kidnaps his parents, and he must find a way to save them.

McNab. Traitor, Payback, Avenger

A boy thinks his grandfather to be a traitor, a spy who turned against England and then disappeared, but tracks down his grandfather and finds out the truth.

Muchamore. The Recruit. C.H.E.R.U.B. (series-6)

James, the newest CHERUB recruit, has finished his anti-terrorist and anti-narcotic training, but his mission has barely begun.

Patterson. Maximum Ride. (Series-4)

"Birdkids," who are the result of genetic experimentation, take off in pursuit and find themselves struggling to understand their own origins and purpose.

Pearson, Ridley. Steel Trapp: The Challenge

On a trip to the National Science Competition in D.C., "Steel" Trapp becomes embroiled in an international plot of kidnapping and bribery that may have links to terrorists.

Rose. Framed! (Luke Harding, Forensic Investigator series-6)

Sixteen-year-old Luke Harding is the youngest person to qualify for forensic investigator, and it will take all his skills to unravel the murder of a student.

Simmons. The Rise of Lubchenko. (series-2)

Suspecting his father’s business partner , Evan Macalister travels to France with his friends to search for the elusive spymaster Lubchenko.

Spradlin. Live and Let Shop. (Spy Goddess series-2)

A teen gets in trouble with the law and winds up Blackthorn Academy in Pennsylvania, where she uncovers secrets about the school and becomes entangled in a case of international espionage.

Walden. H.I.V.E.

A boy with a special talent for villainy is kidnapped and taken to the remote Higher Institute of Villainous Education, or H.I.V.E., where he is enrolled and begins formulating a plan to escape.

Young, E.L. STORM: The Infinity Code (Series-3)

The teenaged geniuses of STORM, uncover plans for a deadly weapon and race to find and dismantle it, then confront the scientist behind the scheme. (More books available in the UK! I HATE when this happens!)


  1. Great list, Ms. Y! Looks like lots of good reading here. I loved spy books when I was a teenager.

  2. Ah, man. As if my reading list weren't big enough as it is. Now I HAVE to check these out...

  3. Ooh, thanks for the list! I've missed some of these.