Spy Fiction (Grades 4-6)

Abela, Deborah.  Mission : In the Search of the Time and Space Machine.  J FIC Abela (Spy Force SERIES)
An eleven-year-old, bored with her life, imagines a more exciting one as a secret agent, but when she spends the summer on her aunt’s farm, her stories become reality as she stumbles onto a real spy ring. SEQUELS:Mission: Spy Force Revealed (2005), Mission: The Nightmare Vortex(2005), Mission: Hollywood (2006).

Avi.  Iron Thunder : The Battle Between the Monitor and the Merrimac.  J FIC Avi
Tom’s job as an assistant to Captain John Ericsson, the inventor of the Monitor, makes him a target of Confederate spies.

Becker, Helaine.  Dirk Daring, Secret Agent.  JPB B
When Darren Dirkowitz’s super-secret spy journal falls into the wrong hands, his evil stepbrother Waldo threatens to expose it to the entire school unless Darren starts spying on kids at school for Waldo.

Beil, Michael D.  Agents of the Glass: A New Recruit.  J FIC Beil
Andy witnesses a bank robbery and becomes recruited to a secret organization that finds and eliminates evil.

Bernstein, Jonathan.  Spy-in-Training.  J FIC Bernstein  (Bridget Wilder SERIES)
An adopted middle child receives an unexpected package on an otherwise unremarkable birthday inviting her to join a super-secret division of the CIA.  SEQUEL: Spy to the Rescue (2016).

Buckley, Michael.  NERDS: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society.  J FIC Buckley (SERIES)
While running a spy network from their elementary school, five unpopular misfits combine their talents and use cutting-edge gadgetry to fight evil around the world. SEQUELSM is for Mama’s Boy (2010),The Cheerleaders of Doom (2011), The Villain Virus (2012).

Calkhoven, Laurie.  Boys of War: Daniel at the Siege of Boston, 1776.  J FIC Calkhoven
In 1776 Boston, twelve-year-old Daniel Prescott enjoys assuming his father’s role in taking care of his mother and sister, as well as his work as a spy and messenger for the American revolutionaries, but the pleasure ends when he witnesses the horrors of war firsthand, and learns that a trusted patriot is actually a British spy.

Daneshvari, Gitty.  The League of Unexceptional Children: Get Smart-ish.  J FIC Daneshvari
Utterly average twelve-year-olds Jonathan Murray and Shelley Brown, agents with the League of Unexceptional Children, travel to the United Kingdom to help MI5 capture a rogue teenage spy.

Fitzhugh, Louise.  Harriet, the Spy.  J FIC Fitzhugh
Eleven year old Harriet, who is a spy and plans to be an author keeps a secret notebook filled with thoughts and notes on her schoolmates and people she observes on her after school spy route, but when some of her classmates read the notebook, they seek revenge.

Gibbs, Stuart.  Spy School.  J FIC Gibbs  (SERIES)
Twelve-year-old Ben Ripley leaves his public middle school to attend the CIA’s highly secretive Espionage Academy, which everyone is told is an elite science school. SEQUELSpy Camp (2013).

Hale, Bruce.  Playing With Fire.  J FIC Hale  (School for S.P.I.E.S. SERIES)
Reluctant orphan-turned-spy Max Segredo discovers intrigue at the Merry Sunshine Orphanage and must confront an international group bent on world domination, while uncovering mysteries from his past. SEQUEL: Thicker Than Water (2014).

Higgins, Simon.  Moonshadow : Rise of the Ninja.  J FIC Higgins (SERIES)
It’s the dawn of an age of peace in medieval Japan. But a power-hungry warlord is plotting to plunge the national into a deadly civil war. Enter Moonshadow, the newest agent for the Grey Light Order, a secret brotherhood of ninja spy warriors. Can Moonshadow defeat the evil warlord or will his first mission be his last? SEQUELThe Nightmare Ninja (2011),

Jones, Ena.  Clayton Stone, at Your Service.  J FIC Jones
Twelve-year-old Clayton Stone gets a taste of life as a special agent when he goes undercover as a decoy in a high-stakes kidnapping operation. 

Myklusch, Matt.  The Lost Prince.  J FIC Myklusch 
When thirteen-year-old Dean Seaborne’s latest spy mission for the Pirate King takes him to the mythical island of Zenhala, his life changes as he fights to prove that he is the island’s long-lost prince.

Parkinson, Curtis.  Man Overboard!  JPB P
A World War II tale based on a true historical event follows the experiences of sixteen-year-old Scott and his friend, Adam, who while performing summer job duties on a ship on the St. Lawrence River discover that a German agent is on board.

Pearce, Jackson.  The Doublecross (And Other Skills I Learned As a Superspy).  J FIC Pearce
Overweight and non-athletic, twelve-year-old Hale may have been born and raised to be a spy for the Sub Rosa Society but it seems he is unlikely to become a Field Agent until his parents are captured by the evil League and Hale sets out on a solo missionto save them. 

Rylander, Chris.  Codename Zero.  J FIC Rylander  (Codename Conspiracy SERIES)
When a desperate man in a nondescript black suit asks thirteen-year-old Carson Fender to deliver a mysterious package for him, the middle schooler discovers there’s something going on in his sleepy North Dakota hometown he had never expected–something involving the CIA.  SEQUELS: Countdown Zero (2015) & Crisis Zero (2016).

Smith, Sherwood.  The Spy Princess.  J FIC Smith
When Lady Lilah disguises herself to sneak out of the castle she discovers that the country is on the verge of revolution and her brother is behind it, and Lilah and her friends decide to help by becoming spies.

Smith, Roland.  I,Q. : Independence Hall.  JPB S (SERIES)
Step-siblings Q (Quest) and Angela are thrust into the work of the U.S. Secret Service and the Israeli Mossad when Angela realizes she’s being followed, and Q learns the secret about Angela’s real mother–a former Secret Service agent who was supposedly killed by a terrorist group. But who are the good guys and who are the bad guys. SEQUELThe White House (2010), 

Stead, Rebecca.  Liar & Spy.  J FIC Stead
Moving into an apartment when his father loses his job, Georges befriends Safer, a 12-year-old coffee-drinking loner and self-appointed spy, who recruits Georges into the world of espionage so that they can investigate a mysterious neighbor who lives on the top floor.

Thompson, Paul B.  Liberty’s Son : A Spy Story of the American Revolution.  J FIC Thompson
In 1773, seventeen-year-old apothecary Oliver Carter moves to Boston and begins helping the Sons of Liberty in their rebellion against British tyranny in the colonies as well as discovering that his boss, Dr. Dr. Benjamin Church, is a traitor to the cause.

Young, E.L.  STORM: The Infinity Code.  J FIC Young (SERIES)
In London, the teenaged geniuses of STORM, a secret organization dedicated to eliminating the world’s misery through science and technology, uncover plans for a deadly weapon and race to find and dismantle it, then confront the corrupt scientist behind the scheme.

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