Hybrid | James Ponti presents City Spies: City of the Dead, in conversation with Alan Gratz

Image shows photos of James Ponti, Alan Gratz, and the front cover of Ponti's book CITY SPIES: CITY OF THE DEAD.
Thursday, February 9, 2023 - 6:00pm

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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...

James Ponti is the New York Times bestselling author of three middle grade book series: the all-new 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 writers 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 JamesPonti.com.

Alan Gratz is the New York Times bestselling author of seventeen novels for young readers, including Ground ZeroRefugee, Allies,Grenade, Prisoner B-3087, Projekt 1065, and Ban This Book. A Knoxville, Tennessee native, Alan is now a full-time writer living in Asheville, North Carolina with his wife and daughter.

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Books: 
City of the Dead (City Spies #4) By James Ponti Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781665911573
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Aladdin - February 7th, 2023

Forbidden City (City Spies #3) By James Ponti Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781534479227
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Aladdin - January 10th, 2023

Golden Gate (City Spies #2) By James Ponti Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781534414952
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Aladdin - February 1st, 2022

City Spies By James Ponti Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781534414921
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Aladdin - January 26th, 2021

Captain America: The Ghost Army (Original Graphic Novel) By Alan Gratz, Brent Schoonover (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Alan Gratz, Brent Schoonover (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781338775891
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Graphix - January 3rd, 2023

Two Degrees By Alan Gratz Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338735673
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Press - October 4th, 2022

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