Kids: Spies and Espionage

Greetings! Are your kids interested in talking in code, figuring out puzzles, or spend all their time looking for Waldo? Are you looking for a way to help them hone their spying and espionage skills?

Your mission, should you chose to accept it, is to head over to TPB kids section and check out the following books! 

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Read about Fictional Spies:

Early Chapter (ages 7+)

Mac B, Kid Spy
by Mac Barnett 

Described as James Bond meets Diary of a wimpy kid, this series offers intrigue, absurdity, history and humor


Spy Penguins
by Sam Hay 

Jackson the penguin and his friend won’t let anything like them being too young to stop their dreams of becoming secret agents for the FBI (Frosty Bureau of Investigation)

Middle Readers (ages 10+)

Spy School
by Stuart Gibbs 
Join Ben and the other kids on their adventures at the elite science school, aka the CIA’s secret espionage school for kids. Each book in the series covers a different adventure, from camp to England to spying at sea!


City Spies
by James Ponti

Instead of going into juvenile detention for hacking, Sara gets a second chance by joining a secret group of MI6 operatives. Each book in the series takes place in a different city worldwide.


Name of this Book is Secret
by Pseudonymous Bosch  

Join 11 year old Cass and Max-Ernest as they work together through puzzles and word games to solve the secret of the magician’s death.


Jada Sly, Artist and Spy
by Sherri Winston 

Jada’s mom, also a spy, is missing! Join Jada as she sleuths the truth behind her mom’s disappearance


Harriet the Spy
by Louise Fitzhugh 

The OG kid spy! Harriet spends her days recording everything she sees and hears. What happens when her beloved notebook falls into evil hands?


Nathan Hale: One Dead Spy
by Nathan Hale 

This graphica series covers true, historical events in US American history. This one specially covers Nathan Hale, real life spy in the American Revolutionary War who ended up executed by the British. 

YA (ages 14+)

I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter  

Join Cammie, Bex, and Liz at Gallagher Academy, the premier school…for spies. Join them as they battle against the boys from Ethan Frome Academy. Whom is responsible for all the security breaches? Read it to find out! 


Code Talker
by Joseph Bruchac
Read about Ned Begay, a 16 year old Navajo teen who becomes a Code Talker for the US Army during WWII.  Based on the real Navajo Code Talkers, who came up with an unbreakable code that helped US intelligence.

Read About Real Life Spy Stories:

Code Breaker by Laurie Wallmark
This beautiful picture book tells the story of Elizabeth Friedman, who helped bust Nazi spy rings and helped create the first CIA cryptology unit - usually by using just paper and pencil to decode and decrypt!


Who Were the Navajo Code Breakers
by Who Was series 

Learn about the Navajo (Dine people) who used their language to help the US Marine Corp and created an unbreakable code, and helped transmit messages to the Allies across the Pacific during WWII.


George Washington Secret Six
by Brian Kilmeade  

This is the young readers adaptation of the George Washington Secret Six. Learn about how Washington developed the Culper Spy Ring in order to defeat the British.

Mary Bowser and the Civil War Spy Ring
by Enigma Alberti 

Learn about Mary Bowser, an African American slave who spied for the Union during the US Civil War. This is part of a series.


Codename Badass
by Heather Demetrios 

Meet Virginia Hall. When the CIA proved a boys’ club, she joined British Intelligence and spied on Hitler, organized sabotage missions, and helped train the French resistance.


by Steve Sheinkin
This graphic novels covers the Cold War showdown between the USA and the former Soviet Union, culminating in the Cuban Mission Crisis.


by Sophia Glock  

This graphic novel is the true story of Sophia, a teen who has lived as an American abroad most of her life. Everything gets turned upside down when she discovers a letter to her parents, outing them as spies for the CIA.


Woman of No Importance
by Sonia Purnell

This biography is about Virginia Hall, dubbed the most dangerous of spies by the Gestapho during WWII.


Code Girls
by Liza Mundy

This non-fiction novel focuses on the more than 10,000 women recruited by the US Army and Navy to serve as codebreakers during WWII. 


Chinese Cinderella
by Adeline Yen Mah 

This memoir talks about Adeline’s turbulent childhood, and more specifically, the occupation of China by Japan during WWII. This is a heartbreaking but thoroughly interesting read from a different perspective of war.