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Author James Ponti Speaking Event

June 23 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Celebrate the release of James Ponti’s City of Spies: Mission Manhattan with Avid Reader and E Train from @etraintalks! This event will take place on Sunday June 23rd at 2:00PM.

About James Ponti
James Ponti is the New York Times bestselling author of four middle grade book series: The Sherlock Society following a group of young detectives; 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

About City of Spies Mission Manhattan
In this fifth installment in the New York Times bestselling series from Edgar Award winner James Ponti, the young group of spies takes on New York City in another international adventure perfect for fans of Spy School and Charlie Thorne.

The City Spies head to the Big Apple when a credible threat is made to a young climate activist who is scheduled to speak in front of the upcoming United Nations General Assembly. With Rio acting as alpha and a new member in their ranks, the team’s mission to protect a fellow teen takes them on an exciting adventure in, around, and even under the greatest city in the world as they follow leads to the outer boroughs, the UN Headquarters, and even the usually off-limits stacks that extend deep under the main branch of the New York Public Library. Meanwhile, Mother has run into trouble in DC, leading the rest of the crew to help save him from the wrong hands and prevent the entire operation from being exposed!


June 23
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


The Avid Reader
617 2nd St. + Google Map
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