Anderson, Laurie Halse. Chains. Y FIC Anderson (Seeds of America SERIES)
After being sold to a cruel couple in New York City, a slave named Isabel spies for the rebels during the Revolutionary War. SEQUEL: Forge (2010).
Avi. Sophia’s War: A Tale of the Revolution. Y FIC Avi
In 1776, after witnessing the execution of Nathan Hale in New York City, newly occupied by the British army, young Sophia Calderwood resolves to do all she can to help the American cause, including becoming a spy.
Avi. The Traitors Gate. Y FIC Avi
When his father is arrested as a debtor in 1849 London, fourteen-year-old John Huffman must take on unexpected responsibilities, from asking a distant relative for help to determining why people are spying on him and his family.
Barnes, Jennifer. The Squad. YPB Barnes (SERIES)
High school sophomore Toby Klein enjoys computer hacking and wearing combat boots, so she thinks it is a joke when she is invited to join the cheerleading squad but soon learns cheering is just a cover for an elite group of government operatives known as the Squad.
Bennardo, Charlotte & Zaman, Natalie. Blonde Ops. Y FIC Bennardo
Expelled from yet another boarding school for hacking, 16-year-old Bec Jackson is shipped off to Rome to intern at a top fashion magazine and discovers—in the midst of snarky models, a demanding boss, a hunky bike messenger and, in her editor-in-chief’s mysterious accident—a plot to kidnap the First Lady.
Benway, Robin. Also Known As. Y FIC Benway
As the active-duty daughter of international spies, sixteen-year-old safecracker Maggie Silver never attended high school so when she and her parents are sent to New York for her first solo assignment, Maggie is introduced to cliques, school lunches, and maybe even a boyfriend.
Berry, Nina. The Notorious Pagan Jones. Y FIC Berry
Sent to a juvenile detention facility after driving drunk and killing her family, the once-great Paula Jones is offered release if she will star in a film in Berlin and agree to a court-appointed guardian, who doesnt seem to be what he claims.
Brennan, Herbie. The Shadow Project. Y FIC Brennan (SERIES)
A young English thief stumbles on, and subsequently is recruited for, a super-secret operation that trains teenagers in remote viewing and astral projection techniques in order to engage in spying.
Brown, Teri J. Velvet Undercover. Y FIC Brown
A World War I era spy novel about a bright British girl who is sent undercover into the heart of enemy territory to rescue Britain’s most valuable (and secret) spy.
Carriger, Gail. Etiquette & Espionage. Y FIC Carriger
In an alternate England of 1851, spirited fourteen-year-old Sophronia is enrolled in a finishing school where, she is surprised to learn, lessons include not only the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but also diversion, deceit, and espionage.
Carter, Ally. I’d Tell You I Love You but Then I’d Have to Kill You. Y FIC Carter (Gallagher Girls Series)
As a sophomore at a secret spy school and the daughter of a former CIA operative, Cammie is sheltered from “normal teenage life” until she meets a local boy while on a class surveillance mission. SEQUELS: Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy (2007), Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover (2009), Only the Good Spy Young (2010), Out of Sight, Out of Time (2012).
Higgins, Jack. Sure Fire. Y FIC Higgins (Rich and Jade SERIES)
Resentful of having to go and live with their estranged father after the death of their mother, fifteen-year-old twins, Rich and Jade, soon find they have more complicated 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, Anthony. Stormbreaker. YPB Horowitz (The Alex Rider Adventures SERIES) (SUMMER READING)
After the death of the uncle who had been his guardian, fourteen-year-old Alex Rider is coerced to continue his uncle’s dangerous work for Britain’s intelligence agency, MI6. SEQUELS: Point Blank (2001), Skeleton Key (2003), Eagle Strike (2004), Scorpia (2004), Ark Angel (2006), Snakehead (2007), Crocodile Tears (2007), Scorpia Rising(2011).
Janeczko, Paul B. The Dark Game: True Spy Stories. Y 327.73 J (Nonfiction) (SUMMER READING)
From clothesline codes to surveillance satellites and cyber espionage, Janeczko uncovers two centuries’ worth of true spy stories in U.S. history.
McNab, Andy. Traitor. Y FIC McNab (Watts Family Adventures SERIES)
A boy who believes his grandfather to be a traitor, a spy who turned against England and then disappeared, tracks down his grandfather and finds out the truth.
Meloy, Maile. The Apothecary. Y FIC Meloy
Follows a fourteen-year-old American girl whose life unexpectedly transforms when she moves to London in 1952 and gets swept up in a race to save the world from nuclear war.
Muchamore, Robert. The Recruit. Y FIC Muchamore (CHERUB SERIES)
James is recruited into CHERUB, a secret division of MI5 which consists of teenage spies. He successfully completes his training and goes on his first mission.
Pearson, Ridley. Steel Trapp: The Challenge. Y FIC Ridley (SERIES)
On a two-day train trip to enter his invention in the National Science Competition in Washington, D.C., fourteen-year-old Steven “Steel” Trapp, possessor of a remarkable photographic memory, becomes embroiled in an international plot of kidnapping and bribery that may have links to terrorists. SEQUEL: Steel Trapp: The Academy (2010).
Preus, Margi. Shadow on the Mountain. Y FIC Preus
In Nazi-occupied Norway, fourteen-year-old Espen joins the resistance movement, graduating from deliverer of illegal newspapers to courier and spy.
Richmond, Caroline Tung. The Darkest Hour. Y FIC Richmond
In 1943 sixteen-year-old Lucie Blaise is the newest recruit of Covert Ops, a secret espionage and sabotage organization of girls, and her mission in German occupied France is to track down information about a weapon that could wipe out all of Western Europe–and then dismantle it before it can be used.
Smith, Lindsay. Sekret. Y FIC Smith
Follows a group of psychic teenagers in 1960s Soviet Russia who are forced to use their powers to spy for the KGB.
Stone, Sonja. Desert Dark. Y FIC Stone
At Desert Mountain Academy, sixteen-year-old Nadia Riley begins a punishing routine to become an undercover CIA agent, but when a double-agent is reported on campus, she is the top suspect.
Wein, Elizabeth. Code Name Verity. Y FIC Wein
In 1943, a British fighter plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France and the survivor tells a tale of friendship, war, espionage, and great courage as she relates what she must to survive while keeping secret all that she can. COMPANION: Rose Under Fire (2013).
Zindel, Paul. The Gadget. Y FIC Zindel
In 1945, having joined his father at Los Alamos, where he and other scientists are working on a secret project to end World War II, thirteen-year-old Stephen becomes caught in a web of secrecy and intrigue.