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City Spies

By: James Ponti

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 MI5 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…

Project City Spies dossier, with black-and-white digital illustrations.

ISBN: 9781534414914

JLG Release: May 2020


Series: City Spies
Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Foster children , Spies , Hackers , Conduct of life , Mystery and detective stories , Thrillers and suspense , Family , Alternative family , City and town life , Secret societies , Catacombs , Paris, France

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Praise & Reviews

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This promising new spy fiction series features a diverse team of orphans, each named for the city from which they hail, brought together under the secret auspices of MI5 by a nattily dressed, fast-talking British male agent they call “Mother.” This first title follows the recruitment of a 12-year-old Latina girl named Sara, aka Brooklyn, whose This promising new spy fiction series features a diverse team of orphans, each named for the city from which they hail, brought together under the secret auspices of MI5 by a nattily dressed, fast-talking British male agent they call “Mother.” This first title follows the recruitment of a 12-year-old Latina girl named Sara, aka Brooklyn, whose mastery of computer hacking proves to be only one of many clever skills she brings to the team. Relying on short, distinct scenes filled with snappy dialogue, multiple viewpoints, settings in a variety of globally important and glamorous cities, and some key well-foreshadowed reveals, Ponti is clearly drawing from his career as a television producer. A disappointingly small amount of action, humor, character development, or even spying happens in this first book, although the heroes do indeed uncover and thwart one evil plan. However, the backstories of the intriguing characters, the emerging relationships among them, and the promise of more to come will no doubt hook fans of such books as Gordon Korman’s “Masterminds” or Beth McMullen’s “Mrs. Smith’s Spy School for Girls.” A cinematic and well-crafted start to a new spy series for middle grades.

Book Details

ISBN

9781534414914

First Release

May 2020

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

8 3/10 x 5 1/2

Page Count

384

Accelerated Reader

Level 5.6; Points: 10;

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

Level 750L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Aladdin

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Foster children, Spies, Hackers, Conduct of life, Mystery and detective stories, Thrillers and suspense, Family, Alternative family, City and town life, Secret societies, Catacombs, Paris, France,

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Book Genres

Adventure, Mystery

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