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Publisher's Summary

A New York Times best seller! 

A GMA3 Summer Reading Squad Selection! 

“Ingeniously plotted, and a grin-inducing delight.” (People)

“Will keep young readers glued to the page…So when do I get the sequel?” (Beth McMullen, author of Mrs. Smith’s Spy School for Girls)

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, Sara 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 30 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....

©2020 James Ponti (P)2020 Simon & Schuster

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  • Chandana Sreerambhatla
  • 2020-11-17

I want more!!!

I really recommend this book, because it has a great way of introducing the characters and telling the story. I didn’t get lost once in this book, and since then have read all of James Ponti’s books. I wasn’t bored through the entire book and it made me want to do exactly what Sarah, the main character, does. Lisa Flanagan made it a very interesting book, putting emotion into her voice while reading. I give it an A+ because of the description and greatness Mr.Ponti has put into it. He wrote an incredible novel which is worth reading for all ages. I wish that I was Sarah and that I could have her adventures.

Happy reading!

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  • CuteAsADaisy
  • 2021-01-21

Fun Spy Book for the Whole Family

This is another book that I listened to with my kids (11, 13 & 15 years old). We all loved it, however, my high schooler had a hard time admitting how much he enjoyed it even though he was the one asking to listen to the book at least half of the time. The kids in the story range in ages starting around 12 years old so it is geared towards older elementary, middle school and up.... therefore making it less cool for him.😆 The narrator did a fantastic job! Now we are just waiting for book two.

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  • 2020-05-15

city spies, so so

not super great, but ok. left the audience hanging at the end with no fixed resolution. obviously hoping for a series.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-12-14

awesome book you feel like you're in the story

five stars, you feel like you are in the story and the action is amazing

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  • Esther Ames
  • 2020-07-28

Great book. We really enjoyed it.

We enjoyed reading the book together. The story often made them ask me to continue reading after bedtime came.

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  • Joy
  • 2020-07-10

New good family listen

We have a new author to listen to. Enjoyed listening to this as a family

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  • K. Morton
  • 2022-05-23

Interesting and keeps your attention

My kids are 11 and 9 and loved this book. I did too! It was great to listen to together. The reader was very good and does nice voices. Not too over the top but just enough. Clever story to follow along. After we gone done my kids Googled it and found there’s a book 2 and 3. I know what I’m buying next.

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  • SAV
  • 2022-05-14

Omgggg

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omg great good ! thanks

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  • Goddess Melanie
  • 2022-03-26

Excellent

This series is excellent. It's labeled for YA but it's great, regardless of age (I'm old). Each book is better than the last, and the first is amazing.

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  • 2022-03-15

Sucked in a 5th Grader!

My daughter listened to this book and loved it. She is dyslexic and prefers to listen to stories and she is VERY picky about her narrators but I love when she finds a story/series she loves. She would wake up early for school so she could listen for 10-15 minutes. She sped through this book and eagerly downloaded the other 2 in the series. It was perfect action and adventure for her age and she loved the spy/MI6 connection. She was totally engaged and is really hoping the series continues.

She's now listening to other stories from this author as well. So great to have stories about middle school aged kids! And nice to have narrators who sound young so that kids can relate better to the characters. She also loves the Whatever After series narrated by Emily Eiden.