Mrs. Smith's Spy School for Girls

Mrs. Smith's Spy School for Girls

For Ages: 9 - 13
A girl discovers her boarding school is actually an elite spy-training program, and she must learn the skills of the trade in order to find her mother in this action-packed middle grade debut.

After a botched escape plan from her boarding school, Abigail is stunned to discover the school is actually a cover for an elite spy ring called The Center, along with being training grounds for future spies. Even more shocking? Abigail’s mother is a top agent for The Center and she has gone MIA, with valuable information that many people would like to have—at any cost. Along with a former nemesis and charming boy from her grade, Abigail goes through a crash course in Spy Training 101, often with hilarious—and sometimes painful—results. But Abigail realizes she might be a better spy-in-training than she thought—and the answers to her mother’s whereabouts are a lot closer than she thinks…
  • Aladdin | 
  • 304 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781481490207 | 
  • July 2017 | 
  • Grades 4 - 8
List Price $22.99

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A Reading Group Guide to

Mrs. Smith’s Spy School for Girls

By Beth McMullen

About the Book

Abigail Hunter has her seventh-grade year at Sweetbriar Montessori all planned out—fun, friends, and field trips! Instead, she receives a letter that tells her she has been accepted into a highly respected New England prep school, only to find out it's nothing like what she was expecting. The Smith School for Children is also home to the ultra-secret Center, or Mrs. Smith's Spy School for Girls.

Abigail finds herself in the middle of a complex scheme she doesn't fully understand—information is strictly need-to-know. Along with a former nemesis and charming boy from her grade, Abigail goes through a crash course in Spy Training 101, often with hilarious—and sometimes painful—results. She is sent to California to lure her missing mother, an elite spy who has gone missing, out into the open. Soon Abigail realizes she might be a better spy-in-training than she thought—and the answers to her mother’s whereabouts are a lot closer than she thinks…

Discussion Questions

1. Consider the book’s cover art. In what ways do the images represent or symbolize the events that occur throughout the course of the book? What is the significance of the whales? Why are they depicted on Abigail’s skirt?

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About the Author

Beth McMullen

Beth McMullen is the author of the Mrs. Smith’s Spy School for Girls series and several adult mysteries. Her books have heroes and bad guys, action and messy situations. An avid reader, she once missed her subway stop and rode the train all the way to Brooklyn because the book she was reading was that good. She lives in Northern California with her family, two cats and a parakeet named Zeus, who is sick of the cats eyeballing him like he’s dinner. Visit her at BethMcMullenBooks.com.

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