The Spy Who Raised Me

  • Interest Level: Grade 8 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 7

Some parents want their children to turn out just like them. Only a few secretly turn their kids into elite special operatives.

Josie Black can infiltrate any building, speak a dozen languages, and fight like a martial arts master. But no one told her that. After J.B. detects gaps in her memory, her mom reveals the truth: she works for a covert agency, and she’s given J.B. the skills of a super spy. After J.B. freaks out, runs off, and tries to escape the weird world of espionage, she’ll have to decide who she wants to be.

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Interest Level Grade 8 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 7
Genre Graphic Novels, Young Adult
Copyright 2021
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Graphic Universe ™
Language English
Number of Pages 176
Publication Date 2021-04-06
Text Type Fiction—Action/Adventure
BISACS YAF010050, YAF018060, YAF010130
Dewey 741.5/973
Dimensions 6 x 9
Lexile 520
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, Original artwork, and Reviewed

Author: Ted Anderson

Ted Anderson is a librarian, educator, and comics writer from Minnesota. He has written licensed and creator-owned comics for multiple publishers, including BOOM! Studios, IDW Publishing, and Aftershock Comics. He lives in Minneapolis with several plants and zero regrets. To the best of his knowledge, he is not an internationally renowned spy.

Illustrator: Gianna Meola

Gianna Meola is a freelance illustrator and cartoonist from New York, currently living in Brooklyn. Her work has appeared in the anthologies Comics for Choice and Group Chat. She also draws storyboards and makes prints. In her spare time, she likes to volunteer with animals. Her website is


  • Minnesota Book Award Finalist, Short-listed, 2022


Jason Walz

“You think your parents are strange? While The Spy Who Raised Me is a really fun read, underneath it all is the quintessential feeling that your family either loves you or might just destroy you.” —Jason Walz, author-artist of Last Pick

Leila Sales

“An action-packed secret-agent story showing that kids really can do anything! Perfect for fans of the Spy School and Alex Rider series.”—Leila Sales, author of This Song Will Save Your Life