Sara Martinez is a hacker facing years in juvenile detention, until she meets Mother, a spy who gets her out of jail and into MI6, British Secret Intelligence.

Operating out of a castle in Scotland, the City Spies are five kids from around the world who've fallen through the cracks only to form a family like no other. When they’re not at the local boarding school, they’re mastering spy skills like sleight of hand, breaking and entering, covert observation, and explosives. So they can go places in the world of espionage where adults can’t.

Before she knows what she’s doing, Sara's off 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…

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After thwarting a notorious villain at an eco-summit in Paris, the City Spies are gearing up for their next mission. Operating out of a base in Scotland, this secret team of young agents working for the British Secret Intelligence Service’s MI6 division have honed 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.

Fourteen-year-old Sydney is a surfer and a rebel from Bondi Beach, Australia. She’s also a field ops specialist for the City Spies. Sydney is excited to learn that she’ll be going undercover on the marine research vessel the Sylvia Earle. But things don’t go exactly as planned, and while Sydney does find herself in the spotlight, it’s not in the way she was hoping.

Meanwhile, there’s been some new intel regarding a potential mole within the organization, offering the spies a lead that takes them to San Francisco, California. But as they investigate a spy who died at the Botanical Gardens, they discover that they are also being investigated. And soon, they’re caught up in an exciting adventure filled with rogue missions and double agents!

This mission is hot! The City Spies are a go!

 

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Florian Bates and his best friend Margaret Campbell use TOAST (The Theory of All Small Things) to solve a baffling mystery of art stolen from the National Gallery. Along the way they became special consultants for the FBI and are plunged into a world of international intrigue in this Edgar-nominated series starter was featured on ten state award lists. School Library Connection says that it, "Will grab readers from the first page with its witty characters and non-stop action." 

 

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Winner of the 2018 Edgar Award, VANISHED brings back Florian and Margaret as covert consultants for the FBI's hush hush Special Projects team. In this case, a young cellist disappears during intermission at the Kennedy Center and the heroes follow the mystery all the way to the White House. In its starred-review, Kirkus Reviews called it "A splendid whodunit: cerebral, exhilarating, low in violence, methodical in construction and occasionally hilarious."

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Florian and BFF Margaret are back for their third adventure as they try to uncover a spy ring and clear the good name of Marcus, their friend and FBI handler, in a mystery that Kirkus Reviews calls "A top-shelf test of courage, friendship, and ingenuity." Along the way they try to evade a suspicious FBI agent, decipher a secret code that has been used for years to pass secrets in the open and escape from a vault underneath the Library of Congress.

 

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"An action-packed plot to breathe new life into the zombie genre."

-Suzanne Collins

Author of the Hunger Games

In this thrilling trilogy (a thrilogy?) 12-year Molly Bigelow is a seventh grader at MIST, the Metropolitan Institute of Science and Technology, a premier science magnet school and home to the Omegas, a secret society that has policed the undead of New York City for more than a century. 

 

 

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© 2021 by James Ponti; illustrations by Yaoyao Ma Van As, Paul Hoppe, and Nigel Quarless