I’ll be honest. I hate prologues. That made the first moments of my time with SPAMLY WARTHINGTON like I’d made a wrong turn. Thirteen pages in I finally reached chapter one and all was forgiven. The tale had me laughing out loud in numerous parts as spy-in-training, Spamly, is assigned his first mission: Find Mr. Jowls, the royal pig, who has been kidnapped from his comfy home inside the royal palace.

The adventure that ensues is fast paced and will keep you flipping the pages. Funny word play is a plus as are the small images that begin each chapter. You’ll cheer for this high tech ten-year-old. Spamly even has his own convertible he drives around town. Most of the plot points are solved by the end, but a SPAMLY WARTHINGTON sequel is not far behind. I’m looking forward to more   bow ties!


FULL PLOT (From Amazon)

Sure, being a spy-in-training is cool, especially when your best friend Mortimer Goldpots is a genius inventor of gadgets and you get to cruise around town in your very own mini-convertible. Still, after all the training and study Spamly’s gone through, he’s itching to get out in the field and prove himself. You know that saying about being careful what you wish for? When the royal pig is swiped from the royal palace, the grown-ups who run the spy-in-training agency assign Spamly the task of retrieving it. Diving headfirst into the case, the pint-size hero soon finds himself in a battle of wits with his soon-to-be arch enemy. One thing’s for certain: it’ll take every last drop of what Spamly’s learned—and some of what he hasn’t—to save the pig’s royal bacon. A Royal Mystery delivers a roller coaster of adventure, excitement, laughs, twists, turns, and intrigue all without having to stand in line or sit in the seat recently vacated by a kid with bladder-control issues. Find your favorite reading spot and settle in—Spamly’s epic journey awaits. Just don’t turn the pages too fast—we’d hate for your fingers to catch on fire. Hey, it happens.



  1. The gadgets and there are plenty of them. From bow ties that can do all sorts of things to a very special watch not yet on the market.
  2. Spamly has a look alike robot who goes to school in his place. It’s a necessary training component, and makes Spamly even more nervous when he has to spend a day at school when Spambot needs a tune-up.
  3. There are so many things to make young readers envious of Spamly’s life: No school for starters, parents unaware of his training, and some nifty moves he’s learned.
  4. We need a lot more silliness in our current world and Spamly provides it.
  5. The vocabulary is challenging at times. Perfect for kids to learn new words, especially in context.


…Once satisfied with his brushing, he let the toothpaste slowly ooze out of his mouth and down onto his chin like some monster with an uncomfortable drooling problem. He amused himself for another moment by making monster grunts and gurgles before “shaving” the toothpaste off with his toothbrush, wiping his face with the back of his hand, and for no particular reason, striking a disco pose.


Kyle Schaberg and Jack Schaberg are son/father tag-team writing duo with several as-yet-unproduced screenplays to their credit who decided to try their hands at novel writing and are unable to stop…at least until they finish the Spamly saga.


Check out Spamly’s Instagram! He gets around.


Make a comment if you have time. I enjoy reading all of them. Click on the comments link below.

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  1. Sounds like a great story–once you get through the prologue. Too bad it’s so long. But sounds like a really good book for boys too.

  2. Sounds like fun. I’ll have to check it out.

  3. Readers are going to love this entertaining story — spy training, no school, funny word play! Kids will love this series. I don’t mind prologues, as long as they are only 1-2 pages.

  4. Susan says:

    Kids’ fascination with spies never seems to get old. My own kids enjoyed going to the Spy Museum in DC recently. Thanks for the review.

  5. cleemckenzie says:

    Cute gadgets! I don’t mind prologues if they serve a purpose like linking books in a series. Glad you overcame the beginning and found the book fun.

  6. I could use a robot double, and wouldn’t say no to some cool gadgets! This sounds like a fun read–thanks for recommending it!

  7. I have to admit, it makes no sense to have a kid become a spy, but every kid-spy novel I’ve read I have enjoyed so much. This sounds like a really good one. Thanks for the heads up. I will check it out.

  8. I agree with Natalie–this sounds like a great book for boys! Gonna go now and see if we have copies.

  9. thekeymovie says:

    Hi, co-author Jack here. First, a big, sincere and belated, “thanks” to Greg for taking time to read and review our first Spamly book. Second, please don’t fear the prologue; just close your eyes and imagine it reads “Pre-Chapter 1.” Third, we are officially scraping the word Prologue from book two, which we’re currently working on, and will instead go with Chapter 1. Fourth, from what we’ve heard, girls really enjoy the book, too. Fifth, speaking of two, book two includes several more female characters, including one that will give Spamly and Morty all they can handle, and then some. Sixth, we hope to finish the new book in Q3 of this year, and will of course, be sending Greg a copy to review.

    Thanks again, and please do us a solid by snagging a copy of book one from Amazon, giving it a read, and then spreading the word.


    P.S. The Key is a movie I made a few years ago, hence my username.

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