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Forbidden City: City Spies, Book 3

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Exciting spy thriller has chess prodigies, nuclear weapons.

Forbidden City book cover with teen spies Brooklyn, Paris, Kat

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In their latest perilous outing, James Ponti's diverse, multitalented young spies take on several governments and a crime syndicate, infiltrating a chess tournament to help a scientist and his son defect. And stay alive. As their travels take them to the Forbidden City in Beijing, all their skills come into play, from chess to math to strategic planning. Along the way, they're also helping each other with a lot of relatable life issues, as here, where Brooklyn (Puerto Rican computer genius) is bumming at being left behind on a mission, and Nepali math prodigy Kat, who's usually not known for her social skills, weighs in with a bit of wisdom.

"'Were you upset when we had a mission in Paris and you were given the lead role, even though you had the least experience?'

"'Well, that was because it involved computers and -- '

"'Or were you upset when we all went to London to break into Reginald Banks's house but Rio stayed home with Monty?'

"Brooklyn squirmed. 'No ... but ... those were all ... different.'

"'Of course they were,' said Kat. 'They were different because you weren't the one left behind. We're like a theater company. Every play has distinct roles. Sometimes you're the star. Sometimes you're a supporting role. And sometimes...'

"'You work in the box office selling tickets,' Brooklyn said."

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