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CITY OF SPIES: CITY OF THE DEAD Book Review and Giveaway

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the CITY SPIES: CITY OF THE DEAD by James Ponti Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

About The Book:


Author: James Ponti

Pub. Date: February 7, 2023

Publisher: Aladdin

Formats: Hardcover, ebook, audiobook

Pages: 400

In this fourth installment in the New York Times bestselling series from Edgar Award winner James Ponti, the young group of spies go codebreaking in Cairo in another international adventure perfect for fans of Spy School and Mrs. Smith’s Spy School for Girls. Codename Kathmandu, better known as Kat, loves logic and order, has a favorite eight-digit number, and can spot a pattern from a mile away. So when a series of cyberattacks hits key locations in London while the spies are testing security for the British Museum, it’s clear that Kat’s skill for finding reason in what seems like randomness makes her the perfect candidate to lead the job. And while the team follows the deciphered messages to Egypt and the ancient City of the Dead to discover who is behind the attacks and why, Kat soon realizes that there’s another layer to the mystery. With more players, more clues, and involving higher levels of British Intelligence than ever before, this mission is one of the most complex that the group has faced to date. And it’s also going to bring about a change to the City Spies…

I give the CITY SPIES: CITY OF THE DEAD ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐!

James Ponti does a fabulous job of keeping the story exciting and at a fast pace with plenty of action and compelling characters. The book opens with a heist at a museum, which draws you right into the story. From there the suspense and thrills keep coming until the end.

This book is meant for middle schoolers between the ages of 10 to 13, though I feel it can be enjoyed by a younger audience especially if they're strong readers. The story is told through Kat, the leader, who is a girl but there are also two boys and two more girls' main characters making this book enjoyable for both boys and girls.

If you haven't read the first three books in the series, no worries, because James Ponti does a wonderful job filling you in so your not missing anything relevant.

I highly recommend this book if your middle grader loves spy books or shows, such as AGENT CODY BANKS or SPY KIDS. The thrills never end and it's an easy fast read.

Grab the rest of the CITY SPIES BOOKS now!

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About James:

JAMES PONTI (he/him/his) is the New York Times bestselling author of three middle-grade book series: City Spies, about an unlikely squad of five kids from around the world who form an elite MI6 Spy Team; the Edgar Award–winning Framed! series, about a pair of tweens who solve mysteries in Washington, DC; and the Dead City trilogy, about a secret society that polices the undead living beneath Manhattan. His books have appeared on more than fifteen different state award lists and he is the founder of a writer's group known as the Renegades of Middle Grade. James is also an Emmy– nominated television writer and producer who has worked for many networks including Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, PBS, History, and Spike TV, as well as NBC Sports. He lives with his family in Orlando, Florida. Find out more at

Giveaway Details:

1 lucky winner will receive a finished copy of CITY OF THE DEAD, US Only.

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