Belly Up by Stuart Gibbs

March 4th, 2019 by

Submitted by Will, Age 10 from Missouri

Rating: ★★★★★

Belly Up is a book about a hippo named Henry, and one day he randomly gets murdered. A boy named Teddy suspects something fishy and investigates. Do you think Teddy will solve this mystery? If you’re wondering then read this book!

Belly Up by Stuart Gibbs

November 21st, 2017 by

Submitted by Alyssa, Age 11 from Connecticut

Rating: ★★★★★

It is a mystery book about a hippo at a place called Fun Jungle that dies and they can not figure out why this book is so good I just can not put it DOWN! so if you like mysteries I would recommend to stop reading this and read Belly Up right now

Belly Up by Stuart Gibbs

November 20th, 2017 by

Submitted by Rose, Age 11 from Connecticut

Rating: ★★★★★

I’ve read 39 pages of this book and I cant stop reading it. It is a mystery book and it really hooks you from the start. It is about a boy that lives in an new amusement park and their mascot of the park “Harry the Hippo” has died. I wonder what will happen next

Spy School by Stuart Gibbs

May 15th, 2017 by

Spy-SchoolSubmitted by Andrew, Age 10 from Texas

Rating: ★★★★★

It is good and filled with action

Spy School by Stuart Gibbs

May 15th, 2017 by

Spy-SchoolSubmitted by Isabella, Age 10 from Connecticut

Rating: ★★★★★

I just want to start of by saying, spy school is an AWESOME, MIND BLOWING book that I have read at least 17 times. This book made my head turn upside down. My life and Alexander’s life is almost the same because it just is. Again, I love spy school and I know you would too.

Spy School by Stuart Gibbs

May 15th, 2017 by

Spy-SchoolSubmitted by Mason, Age 11 from Connecticut

Rating: ★★★★★

Spy School is an awesome exciting action filled book about a kid who goes to a spy school and fights crime and solves mysteries. Its a hard book to put down. It is also part of a series.

Spy School by Stuart Gibbs

October 2nd, 2015 by

Spy-SchoolSubmitted by Krysta, Age 11 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

The book was about a boy who went to a spy school and learned how to be a spy but all of his friends thought is was a science school. This book was my most favorite book I ever read!

Space Case: Book Review

February 19th, 2015 by

space-caseA few weeks ago, we did a round-up of almost-finalists for the Cybils Awards (the books that didn’t make the final list but were mentioned as favorites by many of the judges). One title that popped up over and over again was Space Case by Stuart Gibbs. So, obviously I had to get my greedy little paws on a copy of the book as soon as possible.

Well, I’m so glad I did! I’m already a big fan of Stuart Gibbs’ books from reading Belly Up, Poached, and Spy School. Based on those stories, I expected Space Case to be a humorous mystery in a unique and awesome setting — and it delivered!

Dash’s family is one of the first ever to live in space. They are part of a small community of scientists and their families (and some super rich tourists) called Moonies, residing on the first moon colony. Unfortunately, it’s not quite as glamorous as Dash had been hoping — being cooped up all the time, limited to terrible dehydrated food, and dealing with the difficulties of bodily functions in low gravity. But then things get really truly bad: the moon base’s doctor is discovered dead on the lunar surface.

Everyone else thinks it’s a suicide, but as the only witness to Dr. Holtz’s last phone call, Dash suspects murder. So it’s up to Dash to get to the bottom of the strange circumstances surrounding Dr. Holtz’s death — all the while trying not to tip off the moon-base commander, who has told Dash he is not to investigate or he will be in BIG trouble.

You’ll love Space Case if you’re a fan of Stuart Gibbs’ other books, Carl Hiaasen’s books like Hoot and Chomp, and Chris Rylander’s books like The Fourth Stall and Codename Zero.

If you’ve read Space Case, leave a comment and let me know what you thought. And also tell me what you think you’d miss the most if you were living on the moon! (I would definitely miss fresh food!)

— Karen

Between living in a space colony or a sea colony, Karen has always been more interested in the sea. After reading about how Dash and the rest of the Moonies use the restroom on the moon base, well, now Karen knows the ocean is the right choice!

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Poached: Book Review

July 1st, 2014 by

poachedA few years ago, I reviewed Belly Up, an awesome book about a murdered hippo at a zoo and one kid’s mission to solve the crime. Well, now the same animal detective is back in Poached by Stuart Gibbs.

This time, Teddy is the prime suspect in the theft of a koala that the zoo is borrowing from Australia. So not only does Teddy need to prove his innocence, but he also needs to locate the koala (Kazoo)—or else Kazoo will starve to death without his special eucalyptus leaves.

Just like in Belly Up, it’s fun to get a behind-the-scenes look at the operations of a huge zoo/amusement park. And just like in Belly Up, it’s enjoyable to follow Teddy’s investigation as he interviews suspects, goes undercover, and lands in a whole lot of trouble.

If you’re a fan of HootScat, Chomp, or Flush by Carl Hiaasen, this is a great book for you. Ditto if you’ve enjoyed Stuart Gibbs’ Spy School books. And I think you’ll like it if you’re a fan of mysteries in general.

What’s YOUR favorite animal? Tell me in the comments!

— Karen

Karen loves pandas, especially baby pandas. And if you don’t as well, then there’s just something wrong with you!

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Spy School: Book Review

July 5th, 2013 by

Spy-SchoolI’ve mentioned before that I volunteer at a charity bookstore every week. As you can imagine, I often have to stop myself from buying tons and tons of books for my own collection — which is literally spilling off my bookcase into paper bags on my floor. No joke.

But it’s not the lack of space that stops me most of the time; it’s the knowledge that if I take a book, that means an actual kid can’t get it later. Well, in the case of Spy School by Stuart Gibbs, I felt no such hesitation. As soon as I saw it, I claimed it for myself. What do I care about other people when a book like Spy School is in my hands?

First off, I loved Belly Up by the same author . But more importantly, I looooooooooooooove a good caper. And Spy School is about a kid who’s recruited by the CIA to attend a secret academy for aspiring young spies — so obviously, I snatched it up and wouldn’t let anyone near it.

And happily, Spy School did not disappoint. The action starts right away when Ben’s arrival at school involves a shoot-out, and it just snowballs from there when he is the target of a late-night assassination attempt and find himself at the center of a top-secret and dangerous ruse to ferret out a mole.

If you took my advice to read Lawless and you enjoyed it, then you should absolutely pick up Spy School. Also great for fans of Alex Rider, though this book is definitely more light-hearted (which is more my style).

Have you read Spy School already? Leave a comment with your thoughts! Or answer me this: If the CIA asked you to be a spy, would you do it?

— Karen

If Karen were recruited by the CIA, she would ask for a desk job.

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