#CybilsAwards Book Lists: Spies, Secret Agents, and Other Adventure Books

There are so many good books nominated this year, it’s been fun coming up with lists!

We’ve been noticing, as we have gone through the lists, that there are a number of books about spies and secret agents, some non-fiction, but many of them “just” for fun.

I mean, no we can’t all be Bond or Alex Rider, but who doesn’t like a little spy action and adventure in their reading now and then?

Sheepish (Wolf Under Cover)
by Helen Yoon
Candlewick Press

I can’t get over how precious this one is! For starters, let me tell you that my husband read it to Mackenzie before I had a chance to read it. I was cooking dinner and not really paying attention, but noticed his reaction to the ending— laughter and saying “that was a good one!” – Sam Richardson at littlecubliteracy

Tabitha and Fritz Trade Places
by Katie Frawley, illustrated by Laurie Stansfield
Two Lions

Novel, fresh, with fun illustrations.- Deb Nance at Readerbuzz

Fox at Night
by Cory Tabor
Balzer + Bray

Simple, repeating easy reader with all the things kids love. Darling illustrations, patterns for early reading, night-time characters and the fears that seem real to all little children. – TheBrookeList

Secret, Secret Agent Guy
by Kira Bigwood, illustrated by Celia Krampien
Atheneum Books for Young Readers

Charming, lively illustrations and rhyming text to the tune of “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” make this an unforgettable read. This will be a bedtime favorite for generations. – Thompson McLeod at What We’re Reading Now

Monday – Into the Cave of Thieves
by Ralph Lazar

The Light of Days Young Readers’ Edition: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler’s Ghettos
by Judy Batalion

Why did I stay up past midnight reading about the Holocaust? Because the mesmerizing missions of the resistance fighters in this book are seamlessly told, their lives and fates in the ghettos intertwined. – Dr. Genevieve Ford

Code Breaker, Spy Hunter: How Elizebeth Friedman Changed the Course of Two World Wars
by Laurie Wallmark, illustrated by Brooke Smart
Abrams Books for Young Readers

This stunning book about Elizabeth Friedman and her incredible code-cracking skills presents a fascinating look into a woman who used her skills to benefit her country, during not one, but two world wars. – Heide G at Geo Librarian

The Clothesline Code: The Story of Civil War Spies Lucy Ann and Dabney Walker
by Janet Halfmann, illustrated by Trisha Mason
Brandylane Publishers

Be prepared for page after page of surprises in this accurate and dramatically written and illustrated profile of Civil War heroes Lucy Ann and Dabney Walker. This is an impressive account of the brilliance, bravery, and boldness of a married couple who escaped enslavement to become spies for Union forces. – Sandy Brehl

The Little Spacecraft That Could
by Joyce Lapin, illustrated by Simona Ceccarelli
Sterling Children’s Books

Fallout: Spies, Superbombs, and the Ultimate Cold War Showdown
by Steve Sheinkin
Roaring Brook Press

CLUB US – Peril in Paris
by Mya Reyes
ValMar Publishing

Dog Squad
by Chris Grabenstein
Random House Books for Young Readers

Mr. Lemoncello’s Library author Chris Grabenstein hits gold again with Dog Squad – the beginning to what I hope is a new series. – Rosemary Kiladitis @ Mom Read It

Golden Gate (2) (City Spies)
by James Ponti
ValMar Publishing

by Sharon Cameron
Scholastic Press

This.book.was.EVERYTHING I look for in historical fiction! Dual perspectives, secrets, revenge, shocking twists and reveals, set against WWII, made “Bluebird” unforgettable! – Rajiv Ganesan @ Rajiv’s Reviews

In the Same Boat
by Holly Green
Scholastic Press