Spy Factory #1: My School is a Spy Factory by Steven Stickler

27 Aug

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Spy Factory #1: My School is a Spy Factory

by Steven Stickler

170 pages – ages 8+

Published by CreateSpace on June 4, 2013

Sixth-grader Nate Fischer never thought about being a spy.  After an unexpected phone call came the night before school started, Nate found himself at the Benjamin Tallmadge Institute – a school for SPIES! Nate begins his training and is a good spy (not great – but good). Nate soon finds himself and his partner, Lucy, on a mission to save their school (and possible the whole world) from total destruction!

I read and reviewed another one of Mr. Stickler’s book (The Absolutely Amazing Adventures of Agent Auggie Spinoza – see my review HERE) and I really enjoyed that one. Mr. Stickler’s new book is even better. I love all the spy gadgets and techniques they use in the book. I have to say that having kids as spies or secret agents is a favorite story plot for me. Mr. Stickler made his book stand out from other’s I have read by packing it full of cool spy gear and action. The plot kept me interested in reading the book and Mr. Stickler’s writing style is good for any age. The story has humor mixed in to make reading it more fun. Nate is a great character and I enjoyed reading about him. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

Five out of five bookworms for “My School is a Spy Factory!”  fivebooks

18 Responses to “Spy Factory #1: My School is a Spy Factory by Steven Stickler”

  1. Elle Carter Neal August 27, 2013 at 7:18 am #

    Oh, that sounds fun. I’ve always (secretly) wanted to be a spy, mainly because of the cool gadgets. Sometimes when I use one of those little recording microphone/headsets that just clip over your ear I pretend I’m talking to another secret agent… (but you didn’t hear that from me!) 😉


    • thiskidreviewsbooks August 27, 2013 at 7:28 am #

      So you ADMIT YOU’RE A SPY!!! 😉 Being a spy would be cool. I like to read about them. We went to the Spy Museum in Washington DC a while ago. If you never were there you should go see it. It’s all about real-life spies!


  2. Genevieve Petrillo August 27, 2013 at 9:06 am #

    This book sounds cool. I need a spy gadget to get into my cookie jar. I think Mom has a secret lock on it. Plus I can’t reach the counter….

    Love and licks,


  3. Patricia Tilton August 27, 2013 at 6:08 pm #

    You are a super slueth at heart Erik. And this sounds like a great adventure. In my day, I loved Nancy Drew mysteries — I like problem solving.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks August 28, 2013 at 7:02 pm #

      Nancy Drew stories are really great Ms. Tilton! I like the Hardy Boys too (the old ones not the new ones). I am like you – I like problem solving! 😀


  4. readingwithrhythm August 27, 2013 at 6:46 pm #

    Cool cover. And spy gadgets are cool. I do a lot of spying. It might be fun to go to a spy school. I’ll have to look for this book. Thanks Erik!


  5. Myra GB August 28, 2013 at 4:23 am #

    Have you seen the TV series, Alias? Loved the concept of spies and being a double-agent there. I like it even more if it’s in MG and YA novels! Thanks for sharing this lovely book, Erik.


  6. Michelle Isenhoff August 28, 2013 at 3:05 pm #

    This sounds like a fun one. Would it be a good match for M-man’s reading level, do you think? (High fourth grade/low fifth)


    • thiskidreviewsbooks August 28, 2013 at 7:28 pm #

      I think this would be a great book for M-man! If he reads it, let me know what he thinks about it! 😀


      • Michelle Isenhoff August 28, 2013 at 7:55 pm #

        Cool! I’ll put this one out there as a start of school book. He’s currently in the middle of one…T&P. 🙂


      • thiskidreviewsbooks August 29, 2013 at 6:58 am #

        YAY! 😀


  7. robbterranova August 30, 2013 at 11:12 pm #

    I’ve been looking for the next book to pick up. I think this will be it.


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