by Beth McMullen, Simon & Schuster/Aladdin Books, July 4, 2017
Throughout the story, Abby’s faith in her abilities, even when she is underestimated, shows strength of character and purpose. Abby’s funny, over-the-top personality and the book’s numerous, enjoyable secondary characters combine to create a solid foundation for further installments as Abby follows in her mother’s footsteps to enroll in spy training. VERDICT Middle grade readers of Stuart Gibbs’s Spy School as well as fans of boarding school adventures such as Shannon Hale’s Princess Academy will appreciate this comical and exhilarating escapade. – School Library Journal
A sassy, new spy series with a spunky heroine, multitalented sidekicks, and tense, rapid-fire adventure. -Kirkus
In Mrs. Smith’s Spy School for Girls, a fast-paced and fun Middle Grade romp, twelve year old Abigail Hunter begins to unravel a lifetime of secrets when her mother sends her away to The Smith School for Children. Abby has never had a normal life: she and her mother, Jennifer Hunter, have always been world travelers, but what Abby has taken as simple wanderlust on her mother’s part is soon be revealed to be something much more sinister.
Abigail Hunter first learns that she is being shipped off to boarding school when she gets a letter from The Smith School for Children, congratulating her on her acceptance. Is this because she tried to free the lemurs at the Central Park Zoo? Or rigged the student council election? Is boarding school the ‘consequences’ her mother keeps talking about?
Turns out boarding school isn’t all bad. Abby’s friends are cool, and they all think she’s even cooler, globetrotting with Jennifer—everyone calls their parents’ by their first names; it’s a boarding school thing. Sure, Quinn won’t look twice at Abby, but then again the girl he’s after finds him supremely annoying, so it all evens out.
Abby’s everyday routine is broken when Veronica Brooks, only the most popular and scariest girl in the whole school, goes missing, and Abby decides to break into the headmistress’s office to learn the truth.
What happens next is spies, bad guys, self driving cars, exploding smartphones, kidnappings, narrow escapes and a whole lot chaos. In a world where nothing is quite as it seems, Abby must learn to trust her friends and trust her instincts if she’s going to come out on top.