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City Spies, Book 1

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Diverse young, skilled misfits team up in exciting spy romp.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 8+
age 7+

Fun read! Love the series.

We love the plot and we have read all 4 books now. Great to read to my 7 year old or for him to read to me with some help. There are some small suspenseful moments but not too scary.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (5 ):

James Ponti's series about a diverse, multitalented crew of young secret agents is off to a rollicking start, pitting them against a murderous villain known as the Purple Thumb. Taking the names of their hometowns, Brooklyn, age 12 (computer hacking); Kat(mandu), 13 (codes and cryptography); Sydney, 14 (ops and problem-solving); Rio, 12 (pickpocketing, magic tricks, sleight of hand); and Paris, 15 (survival skills), are a formidable team likely to face many (highly entertaining) challenges in volumes to come. Danger, exotic locations, and moments of brilliance ensue as the kids battle the dark forces of Umbra, and their mentor searches the world for his missing kids.

Book Details

  • Author: James Ponti
  • Genre: Adventure
  • Topics: Adventures , Friendship
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: March 10, 2020
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 8 - 12
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Available on: Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: September 13, 2021

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