Friday, March 6, 2020

Blog Tour: City of Spies

About The Book:
Author: James Ponti
Pub. Date: March 10, 2020
Publisher: Aladdin
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, audiobook
Pages: 384

In this new series James Ponti brings together five kids from all over the world and transforms them into real-life spies.

Sara Martinez is a hacker. She recently broke into the New York City foster care system to expose her foster parents as cheats and lawbreakers. However, instead of being hailed as a hero, Sara finds herself facing years in a juvenile detention facility and banned from using computers for the same stretch of time. Enter Mother, a British spy who not only gets Sara released from jail but also offers her a chance to make a home for herself within a secret MI6 agency.

Operating out of a base in Scotland, the City Spies are five kids from various parts of the world. When they’re not attending the local boarding school, they’re honing their unique skills, such as sleight of hand, breaking and entering, observation, and explosives. All of these allow them to go places in the world of espionage where adults can’t.

Before she knows what she’s doing, Sarah is heading to Paris for an international youth summit, hacking into a rival school’s computer to prevent them from winning a million euros, dangling thirty feet off the side of a building, and trying to stop a villain…all while navigating the complex dynamics of her new team.

No one said saving the world was easy…

My Thoughts:
I really enjoyed this book. I loved the beginning and learning more about Sara. I enjoyed the moments when she met the rest of the team - and how they wanted to see her first. I enjoyed her interactions with the team and learning more about the FARM. I enjoyed her first mission and how it related to school and also the environment. I loved learning more about the team and how they each had their specialties but also how they came together. I loved the secret buildings. I liked how the background of each characters was interspersed throughout the book and the perspectives changed. 

I do hope this is the first book in a new series!

Cover Thoughts: Amazing. It drew me in right away.
Source: Book sent for review
Library Recommendations: Highly recommended for your school and public libraries.

And if you like spy books...

About James:

James Ponti was born in Italy, raised in Florida, and went to college in California. After receiving a degree in screenwriting from the USC Film School, he began a career writing and producing television shows for the likes of Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, PBS, Spike TV, History Channel, and Golf Channel. James loves writing, travel, and the Boston Red Sox. He lives with his family in Maitland, Florida.

Photo by Elena Seibert Photography.

Giveaway Details:
Three lucky winners will receive a finished copy of CITY SPIES, US Only.

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