Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Book Review - City Spies by James Ponti + Giveaway

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Sara Martinez is a hacker who hacked into the foster care system to expose the crimes of her foster parents. Instead of being thanked for exposing the fraud, she finds herself spending time in a juvenile detention facility along with being banned from using the computer.  Mother is a British spy that offers Sara a haven to practice her hacking skills by working with the M16 agency.

The five kids who were recruited from across the globe are now based at the M16 in Scotland. When they are not in school, they are working on developing their unique skills such as hacking, sleight of hand and explosives. This will help them become better spies in the world of espionage. Sara was bought into the team before she was able to be trained. Along with her four teammates, Sara will need to stop a villain along with managing the complex dynamics of her team.

I thought the book was a fun read. I like that the author included a diverse cast of characters. I enjoyed reading the background on each character and how they overcame difficult situations. Young readers will enjoy following along with the characters as they solve crimes while learning about themselves.

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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…

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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