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Full Name: Abby Hunter
Series Name: Mrs. Smith's Spy School For Girls
Nationality: American
Occupation Other - Student

Creator: Beth McMullen
Time Span: 2017 - 2019


Mrs. Smith's Spy School For Girls is a training facility on behalf of the Center.

We are told very little about the Center other than it is a government organization, part of the American Intelligence Community, and it's major point of interest is that it "uses kids to ferret out information no one else has any hope of acquiring". As Mrs. Smith tells new student, Abby Hunter, "No one ever suspects a child. Children can go practically anywhere without arousing suspicion. This is the cornerstone of our operation. We train young people to participate in the security of this great country."

"The theory is that kids are invisible (unless they're behaving badly, and then everyone has an opinion) and therefore make really good spies." But the Center does have a restriction that no one under 16 is made operational for the field. That does not mean, of course, that training cannot start a whole lot earlier.

Mrs Smith and her faculty do just that; they search out and vet those youngsters who have shown the most promise for a life in the cloak and dagger world and invite them to attend the school, located in Connecticutt. Of course, many of the prospective attendees are recommended to Mrs. Smith, like Ms. Hunter whose name was placed on the potential list by none other than her own mother. [Mom, you see, slightly scattered brain though she might seem at times to her daughter, is an experienced operative for the Center already.]

Now enough about the school, let's discuss the main student attending it. Okay, main is not the right word because there are a good number of other students. But the main one that we follow is Hunter and let me tell you she was not at all happy about having to go. She is very happy in the school she has been going to for quite some time and has some close friends she has no desire to leave behind. Why did Mom not only go along with the idea but was the one who started the ball rolling? Unfair!

At least until she got there and found out what they were teaching and found out that Mom had been an agent of the Center for years and maybe Abby could be even better than Mom. And being a spy is, well, way cool!


Number of Books:3
First Appearance:2017
Last Appearance:2019

1 Mrs. Smith's Spy School For Girls Mrs. Smith's Spy School For Girls
Written by Beth McMullen
Copyright: 2017

"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."

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2 Power Play Power Play
Written by Beth McMullen
Copyright: 2018

"Abby and the rest of her friends go international as they embark on their first "official" Center mission in this second book in the Mrs. Smith's Spy School for Girls series.
After discovering the truth about her spy school/boarding school—and her super-spy mom—Abby Hunter is ready for her next adventure, but what's about to happen is something she never would have guessed..."
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3 Double Cross Double Cross
Written by Beth McMullen
Copyright: 2019

"Abby and her classmates have all been invited to Briar Academy to participate in The Challenge, a prep school competition where teams compete for prizes and the glory of being the best of the best.
While there, they figure out their nemesis, The Ghost, is using Briar as headquarters to plan a devastating attack on his enemies (a.k.a.: pretty much everyone) using a brand-new invention Toby developed.
And this time, The Center and Mrs. Smith will be of no help as Abby suspects there is someone working for The Ghost on the inside—and they can trust no one."
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Now, early on in this three-book young adult spy series, Mrs. Smith, founder and head of the spy school that Abby Hunter attends, tells young Hunter that "No one ever suspects a child". Hah! I do. I've helped raise three of them - loved all three to pieces - and still I suspect, well, all children. They are devious. No lie! Lovable and adorable and precious and all that. But devious.

Just ask Mrs. Smith who, despite her generous words, still trains these young scallywags to be, well, spies!! Is that not proof enough for you? Read these books and you will see.

By the way, they are a hoot, especially Hunter.


My Grade: B


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