New Release Books by James Ponti

James Ponti is the author of City Spies Classified Collection (2022), Forbidden City (2022), Golden Gate (2021), Trapped! (2019), Vanished! (2017) and other 53 books.

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City Spies Classified Collection

release date: Feb 22, 2022
City Spies Classified Collection
In this thrilling and bestselling series Stuart Gibbs called “a must-read” from Edgar Award winner James Ponti, five kids from all over the world become real-life spies—perfect for fans of Spy School and Mrs. Smith’s Spy School for Girls. The first three books are now together in a collectible hardcover boxed set! 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. 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. Together, they face off against rival schools, track down a deadly mole in their own organization, and extract a fellow agent from a dangerous situation on foreign soil! This thrilling hardcover boxed set includes: City Spies Golden Gate Forbidden City

Forbidden City

release date: Feb 01, 2022
Forbidden City
In this third installment in the New York Times bestselling series from Edgar Award winner James Ponti, the young group of spies help a fellow agent in another international adventure perfect for fans of Spy School and Mrs. Smith’s Spy School for Girls. After taking down a mole within their organization, the City Spies are ready for their next mission—once again using their unique skills and ability to infiltrate places adults can’t. The sinister Umbra has their sights set on recruiting a North Korean nuclear physicist by any means necessary, and the City Spies plan to keep an eye on his son by sending Paris to the chess prodigy’s tournaments in Moscow and Beijing. Meanwhile, Sydney’s embedded as a junior reporter for a teen lifestyle site as she follows the daughter of a British billionaire on tour with the biggest act on her father’s music label to uncover what links both the band and the billionaire have to a recent threat from an old Soviet missile base. From a daring break-in at one of London’s most exclusive homes to a dangerous undercover mission to a desperate search and rescue operation on the streets of Beijing, the City Spies have their work cut out for them on their most dangerous mission yet.

Golden Gate

release date: Mar 09, 2021
Golden Gate
In this second installment in the New York Times bestselling series from Edgar Award winner James Ponti, the young group of spies returns for another international adventure perfect for fans of Spy School and Mrs. Smith’s Spy School for Girls. 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!

Trapped!

release date: Sep 10, 2019
Trapped!
“A top-shelf test of courage, friendship, and ingenuity.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review) Florian Bates—the only kid on the FBI Director’s speed dial and several international criminals’ most wanted lists—must save his friend from being framed for a crime he didn’t commit in this hilarious third novel in the Framed! series. Middle school is hard. Solving cases for the FBI is even harder. Doing both at the same time, well that’s just crazy. But that doesn’t stop Florian Bates! Along with his best friend, and Watson to his Sherlock, Margaret, Florian’s making the case that kids can do anything. When Florian and Margaret’s FBI supervisor, Marcus Rivers, is accused of a crime, it’s up to this mystery solving duo to jump into action and clear his name, because Marcus is more than their boss—he’s family. The case involves one of Marcus’s first investigations for the FBI and a Russian spy ring. However, when the spy they are chasing learns what they’re up to, the tables are turned, and Marcus finds himself implicated in a variety of crimes, including theft, corruption, and espionage. For Florian and Margaret, it just got personal. They’re going to catch the spy and clear Marcus’s name…even if they have to break into (and out of) the Library of Congress to do it.

Vanished!

release date: Aug 22, 2017
Vanished!
In Washington, D.C., twelve-year-old Florian Bates, a consulting detective for the FBI, and his best friend Margaret must uncover the truth behind a series of private middle school pranks that may or may not involve the daughter of the President of the United States.

Framed!

release date: Aug 23, 2016
Framed!
In Washington, D.C., twelve-year-old Florian Bates, a consulting detective for the FBI, and his best friend Margaret help thwart the biggest art heist in United States history.

Framed! Crime-Fighting Collection

release date: Oct 01, 2019
Framed! Crime-Fighting Collection
James Ponti takes readers on three heart-stopping mysteries rich with adventure, unforgettable characters, and old-fashioned sleuthing in the Edgar Award–winning Framed! series—now available in a collectible boxed set! Middle school is hard. Solving cases for the FBI is even harder. Doing both at the same time—well that’s just crazy. But that doesn’t stop Florian Bates! Get to know the only kid on the FBI Director’s speed dial—and several international criminals’ most wanted lists—in this adventurous series that School Library Journal says combines “elements of Alex Rider, James Bond, and Sherlock Holmes.” This collection includes paperback editions of: Framed! Vanished! Trapped!

Dark Days

release date: Oct 06, 2015
Dark Days
Molly’s up against the undead—and the fate of Manhattan is in her hands—in the third and final book of the Dead City trilogy, which Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins says “breathes new life into the zombie genre.” Molly and the Omegas fight to contain the storm unleashed by Operation Blue Moon. As they do, Molly’s personal life is thrown into turmoil when she discovers that one of her closest friends has joined the ranks of the undead, a development that threatens the Omegas as well as Molly’s relationship with her mother. As Molly and her friends battle the Dead Squad (a special NYPD task force made up entirely of zombies), they discover that the world’s largest gold reserve is kept in a vault eighty feet below the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. They find a photograph of the vault’s construction in the 1920s and realize that the construction crew was led by none other than the leader of the undead, Marek Blackwell. Could this explain the source of all his money? And if so, what is he planning to do with it? Is he rebuilding Dead City…or is he building an undead army?

Blue Moon

release date: Oct 01, 2013
Blue Moon
Molly is ready for more nonstop, undead action in this follow-up to Dead City, which Kirkus Reviews described as “a fast-paced read for those who like their zombies with just a little fright.” When Molly Bigelow discovered that zombies shared New York with humans, she didn’t think life could get more shocking. Then she learned that her mother was once one of the greatest zombie killers ever—and she discovered that her dead mother is not technically dead after all (although she isn’t alive, either). Molly’s efforts to keep these secrets and to help her Omega team track down the identity of the original thirteen zombies will take her from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade to New Year’s Eve in Times Square. Her loyalties to friends and family will be put to the test. And her life will be changed in ways she never could have imagined.

Dead City

release date: Oct 02, 2012
Dead City
Seventh-grader Molly has always been an outsider, even at New York City's elite Metropolitan Institute of Science and Technology, but that changes when she is recruited to join the Omegas, a secret group that polices and protects zombies.

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Junior Novel

release date: Apr 20, 2011
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Junior Novel
The return of Jack Sparrow ( Johnny Depp), Captain Barbossa ( Geoffrey Rush), and other familiar faces brings about an all-new adventure in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, where Jack must confront an old love from the past, whether he wants to or not. As you probably already know, not many women are exactly thrilled to see Captain Jack Sparrow again. This time though, Jack gets more than a couple slaps in the face when she forces him aboard the ship of the formidable pirate Blackbeard ( Ian McShane). Jack finds himself on an unexpected, doomed adventure to the Fountain of Youth in which he doesn't know who to fear more: Blackbeard or the woman from his past. This junior novel retells the action-packed tale of truth, betrayal, youth and demise features an eight-page full-color insert of photos from the film.

Race to Witch Mountain: The Junior Novel

release date: Feb 17, 2011
Race to Witch Mountain: The Junior Novel
Las Vegas cabdriver Jack Bruno gives two teenagers, Seth and Sara a ride. His world is about to change, since Seth and Sara are aliens who crashed landed their spaceship. They need help recovering their spaceship so they may return home.

Dead City Omega Collection

release date: Oct 11, 2016
Dead City Omega Collection
Discover the truth about who really lives above and below New York City with the entire Dead City trilogy—now available in a collectible boxed set! I hate zombies. I know that sounds prejudiced and I’m sure some are probably nice to kittens and love their parents. But it’s been my experience that these are the exceptions to the rule. Meet Molly Bigelow. She’s part of an elite team, OMEGA, whose job is to protect the living—and the almost living—who share the island of Manhattan. In Dead City, Molly is recruited to become a zombie hunter just like her mother. She must come to terms with the idea that zombies exist, and that it’s her job to help police them and keep the peace. At the same time, Molly just wants to be a regular kid. But can she figure out how to do that when her mother was the most feared—or most revered—zombie hunter in the history of New York City? In Blue Moon, Molly’s efforts to help her Omega team track down the identity of the original thirteen zombies takes her from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade to New Year’s Eve in Times Square. Her loyalties to friends and family, and her life, are about to be tested in ways she’d never imagine. In Dark Days, Molly and the Omegas fight to contain the storm unleashed by Operation Blue Moon. As they do, Molly’s personal life is thrown into turmoil when she discovers that one of her closest friends has joined the ranks of the undead, a development that threatens the Omegas as well as Molly’s relationship with her mother.

Camp Rock: Second Session: The Right Chord

release date: Jan 25, 2011
Camp Rock: Second Session: The Right Chord
Camp Rock's second session is coming to a close. Actually, it has already officially ended, but there are a few campers remaining a day or two after everyone else has left. Some are there because schedules have dictated it. (Tess Tyler's mom isn't back from her world tour yet, Caitlyn's parent's are going to pick her up in the RV they've been driving across country all summer.) Others are helping get everything boxed up and put away. (Mitchie is helping her mother, while Shane is helping his uncle.) The end result is that Camp Rock is a pseudo ghost town.

Camp Rock: Second Session: Sound Off!

release date: Jan 25, 2011
Camp Rock: Second Session: Sound Off!
It's time for the annual Camp Rock Game Day. Mitchie finds herself on Tess's team and the pair become the two to watch. But as always, music is never far away.

Tron Legacy: The Movie Storybook

release date: Dec 12, 2010
Tron Legacy: The Movie Storybook
Sam Flynn is the rebellious 27-year-old son of Kevin Flynn, a computer programmer who disappeared when Sam was just a child. When Sam looks into his father's disappearance, he finds himself pulled into the same world of brutal programs.

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Movie Storybook

release date: Apr 12, 2011
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Movie Storybook
The return of Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), and other familiar faces brings about an all-new adventure in Pirate of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, where Jack must confront an old love from the past, whether he wants to or not. As you probably already know, not many women are exactly thrilled to see Captain Jack Sparrow again. This time though, Jack gets more than a couple slaps in the face when she forces him aboard the ship of the formidable pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane). Jack finds himself on an unexpected, doomed adventure to the Fountain of Youth in which he doesn’t know who to fear more: Blackbeard or the woman from his past.

The Sorcerer's Apprentice Junior Novel

release date: Jun 01, 2010
The Sorcerer's Apprentice Junior Novel
The junior novel is a 144-page retelling of the blockbuster film, The Socerer's Apprentice. Featuring an eight-page full-colored photo insert with stills from the movie, this is sure to be a must for fans of the soon-to-be hit film!

Prince of Persia: Movie Storybook

release date: Apr 13, 2010
Prince of Persia: Movie Storybook
The Movie Storybook will bring all the excitement of the blockbuster film to life in a spectacular retelling that is accompanied by dozens of full-color photos!

G-Force The Junior Novelization

release date: Jun 09, 2009
G-Force The Junior Novelization
G-Force has one mission—put a stop to Leonard Saber’s plan. But they have one small problem—they have no idea what that plan is! Now, this specially trained force of guinea pigs will have to uncover Saber’s plot or risk the future of humanity. The junior novel features a complete retelling of the live-action film as well as an eight-page insert with full-color photos from the film.

Camp Rock: Second Session #6: Sound Off!

release date: May 12, 2009
Camp Rock: Second Session #6: Sound Off!
SERIES DESCRIPTION: Mitchie made it through the first session at Camp Rock and managed to snag the heart of pop star Shane Gray and perform in the famous Final Jam. Now, in these all new original stories, the second session of Camp Rock is in full swing and that means more singing, songwriting...and serious drama are going to take center stage./DIV Camp Rock: Second Session #6: Sound OffDIV It is time for the annual Camp Rock Game Day! All the campers are excited to put down their instruments and microphones for one whole day of good old-fashioned games. There are canoe races, obstacle courses, relays and much more. When Mitchie finds herself on Tess's team, she discovers that the camp diva has a knack for games and the two of them end up being the pair to watch.

That's so Raven #10: Psyched

release date: Sep 02, 2005
That's so Raven #10: Psyched
Watch out world! Here comes Raven Baxter, star of Disney Channel's smash-hit That's So Raven! This teenage psychic's glimpses of the future are always getting her (and often her friends and family) into trouble. Raven usually gets out of these predicaments but not before donning hilarious disguises, surviving brushes with danger, and enduring embarrassing escapades. In this original junior novel, Raven takes a job at a psychic hotline to earn some extra cash, she suddenly finds herself handing out phony perdictions to her new crush when he calls in for advice
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