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Spy Fiction for Children and Teens

Posted about 1 month ago by April S

Posted in Children and Parenting, eBooks and Audiobooks, Fiction, Graphic Novels and Poetry, Nonfiction and Teen and Pre-Teens | Tagged with Action & Adventure, adventure stories, children's books, Historical Fiction, juvenile fiction, spy stories, suspense and teenage spies

Spy fiction isn't just for adults. After all, why wouldn't kids and teens respond to the adventure, humor and interesting storylines spy fiction brings to life? My child loves the hit television show "Phineas and Ferb." The story centers around two brothers (Phineas and Ferb), their family, a small group of friends, their pet platypus Perry (a secret agent) and Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz (evil scientist). And I'll admit that there were many times when my child lost interest in the show, but I wanted to keep watching it. Spy stories speak to us all and spark imagination. Check out the titles below that are sure to appeal to kids of all ages.

Spy Fiction for Children and Tweens

"Secret Agent Man Goes Shopping for Shoes" by Tim Wynne-Jones ; illustrated by Brian Won

Secret Agent Man Goes Shopping for Shoes by Tim Wynne-Jones ; illustrated by Brian Won

Accompanying his "sidekick" mom to the shoe store for a daring mission, S.A.M. confronts a shifty clerk before discovering that his brand-new tiger-striped shoes convey the superpower of enabling him to tie his own shoelaces. Ages 4-8.

"Spy School" by Stuart Gibbs

Spy School by Stuart Gibbs

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. Spy school series, book 1. Ages 8-12.

"Mrs. Smith's Spy School for Girls" by Beth McMullen

Mrs. Smith's Spy School for Girls by Beth McMullen

Twelve-year-old Abigail is shocked to discover her elite boarding school is really a cover for a huge spy ring, and must undergo Spy Training 101 in order to save her mother, who happens to be the spy ring's top agent. Mrs. Smith's Spy School for Girls, book 1. Ages 9-13.

"Dawn Undercover" by Anna Dale

Dawn Undercover by Anna Dale

Eleven-year-old Dawn, Rustgate Primary School's most forgettable student, is recruited for a British secret intelligence agency and sent on a spy mission to track a master criminal. Ages 8-12.

"Double Vision" by F.T. Bradley

Double Vision by F.T. Bradley

After a routine school field trip goes awry, Linc Baker is thrust into a world of intrigue and espionage, where a kid agent who looks exactly like him threatens to use powerful artifacts to control the world.

Ages 8-12

Spy Novels for Teens

Historical Fiction / Spy Fiction

"Orphan Monster Spy" by Matt Killeen

Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen

After her mother is shot at a checkpoint, Sarah, a Jewish teenager, agrees to help the resistance by posing as the daughter of a wealthy Nazi to gain access to the blueprints of a bomb that could destroy Western Europe.

"Projekt 1065" by Alan Gratz

Projekt 1065 by Alan Gratz

World War II is raging. Michael O'Shaunessey, originally from Ireland, now lives in Nazi Germany with his parents. Like the other boys in his school, Michael is a member of the Hitler Youth. But Michael has a secret. He and his parents are spies. Michael despises everything the Nazis stand for. But he joins in the Hitler Youth's horrific games and book burnings, playing the part so he can gain insider knowledge. When Michael learns about Projekt 1065, a secret Nazi war mission, things get even more complicated. He must prove his loyalty to the Hitler Youth at all costs -- even if it means risking everything he cares about. Including... his own life. Also available in Audio and eAudio.

"Sekret" by Lindsay Smith

Sekret by Lindsay Smith

Follows a group of psychic teenagers in 1960s Soviet Russia who are forced to use their powers to spy for the KGB. Sekret series, book 1.

"Etiquette & Espionage" by Gail Carriger

Etiquette & espionage by Gail 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. Finishing School series, book 1. Also available in eBook and eAudio.

"The Hunchback Assignments" by Arthur Slade

The Hunchback Assignments by Arthur Slade

In Victorian London, fourteen-year-old Modo, a shape-changing hunchback, becomes a secret agent for the Permanent Association, which strives to protect the world from the evil machinations of the Clockwork Guild. Hunchback Assignments series, book 1. Also available in eAudio.

Modern Day Spy Fiction

"You Don't Know My Name" by Kristen Orlando

You Don't Know My Name by Kristen Orlando

Raised to be an elite spy, 17-year-old Reagan must choose whether she will honor her family's legacy by using her incredible talents to lead a dangerous life, or throw it all away to pursue a normal relationship with the boy she loves. Black Angel Chronicles, book 1. Also available in eBook.

"Lies I Live By" by Lauren Sabel

Lies I Live By by Lauren Sabel

Using her psychic abilities to secure valuable information for the government, Callie hides her identity from her longtime boyfriend and struggles against her feelings for a psychic newcomer before experiencing sanity-testing visions about a growing international threat.

"Crossing the Line" by Meghan Rogers

Crossing the Line by Meghan Rogers (Raven Files, Book 1)

Jocelyn Steely was kidnapped as a child and trained as a North Korean spy, but the tables turn when she becomes a double agent for the very American spy organization she has been sent to destroy. Raven files series, book 1.

"The Shadow Project" by Herbie Brennan

The Shadow Project by Herbie Brennan - Shadow Project Adventures, book 1

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. Shadow Project adventures, book 1. Also available in eBook.

"Never Say Die" by Anthony Horowitz

Never Say Die by Anthony Horowitz

Fifteen-year-old MI6 agent Alex Rider travels around the world on a dangerous mission to destroy the deadly terrorist organization, Scorpia, once and for all. Alex Rider adventure series, book 11. Also available in Audio and eAudio.

Spy Stories / Graphic Novels

"The Coldest Winter" by Antony Johnston

The Coldest Winter by Antony Johnston

Bestselling author Antony Johnston returns to "The Coldest City" for a tale even more complex, compelling, and cold than the first! After a string of botched assignments for MI6 in Berlin, David Perceval is being sent home. Even his final mission before leaving—the defection of a Soviet scientist—goes badly wrong, as the coldest winter for 30 years descends on Europe. With transport out of Berlin impossible, and the KGB searching everywhere for their lost scientist, Perceval must improvise a deadly game of cat and mouse through the frozen city to keep the Russians at bay, and deliver his own unique brand of revenge!

Prequel to "The Coldest City," which was adapted into the major motion picture "Atomic Blonde" staring Charlize Theron and James McAvoy - available on DVD.

"The Corten-Steel Phoenix" by Rich Tommaso

Spy Seal Vol 1: The Corten-Steel Phoenix by Rich Tommaso

Journey into the thrilling world of international espionage as one of Britain's most covert MI-6 divisions, the Nest, recruits a brand-new secret agent to their team: Spy Seal! Follow the newbie spy and his furry colleagues on exciting train rides, high-speed car chases, high-flying air adventures, and down secret underground tunnels, all in an effort to hunt down a dangerous British-turned-Soviet double agent-a slippery spy who poses as an upscale art dealer while covertly killing off important figures of Parliament. Spy Seal series, vol. 1.

"Psy Vs. Psy" by Fred Van Lente

Brain Boy Vol. 1: Psy Vs. Psy by Fred Van Lente

Ambushed while protecting an important statesman, Matt Price, a.k.a. Brain Boy, finds himself wrapped up in political intrigue that could derail a key United Nations conference and that sets the psychic spy on a collision course with a man whose mental powers rival his own! Brain Boy series, vol. 1.

Looking for more action-packed spy stories?

Check out these popular titles ...

The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich (eBook)
The Recruit by Robert Muchamore - Cherub, Book 1 (the graphic novel)
Perfect Cover by Jennifer Lynn Barnes - The Squad, Book 1 (eBook)
Going Rogue by Robin Benway - AKA series, book 1 (eBook)
Model Spy by Shannon Greenland - The Specialists series, Book 1 (eBook)
I'd tell you I love you, but then I'd have to kill you by Ally Carter - Gallagher Girls series, Book 1 (eBook)
The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans - Michael Vey, Book 1 (eBook)
Silverfin - a James Bond adventure by Charlie Higson - James Bond: Young Bond Series, Book 1 (eAudio)

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