Twelve-year-old Benjamin Ripley has just been accepted to St. Smithen’s Science Academy for Boys and Girls. Similar to Ally Carter’s Gallagher Girls series, the school also happens to be a cover for the CIA’s junior training facility. But there’s a catch: Ben has been brought in as bait. The CIA wants to flush out the mole that has infiltrated the school. Now, he needs to prepare himself for danger. Someone’s out for him, and he doesn’t know who. With just the help of a few friends, he needs to survive the attempts being made on his life. Anyone and everyone can be a suspect, including the staff and students. On top of keeping himself alive, he has to figure out the bad guy’s scheme. Will he succeed?
In this enthralling story of thwarting evil organizations, readers will be enraptured by shocking revelations, such as “My family’s had the keys since it was built, seeing as it [the Washington Monument] was such an important part of the city’s defense system.” The plotlines and structures of the story were also very well developed. There are twists just when we believe the mystery is solved. Ben’s emotions and thoughts are heartfelt, and the humor of him trying to turn into a super-spy is delightful. I recommend this book for anyone who loves a good mystery and adventure. The reader will remember this book for a long time to come.