Book Review: City Spies by James Ponti

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 MI6 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 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…

Great book! This story had my attention right from the state. It was fast paced and I could see the scenes playing out before me like a movie. I enjoyed getting to know all the of the characters. They were each so unique and I love how they had their own quirks and issues and strengths and how they all accepted one another despite their differences. I will have my preteen son read this and the others in the series.

While usually we try and keep to faith-based books I found this to be a clean read and would recommend it to the Christian audience. There is so much middle grade smut out there and we need to share about entertaining clean middle grade novels. This is a good one.

*I received an advanced copy of this book for my honest review.