James Ponti


James Ponti grew up in Atlantic Beach, Florida and am a graduate of the University of Southern California. He's written numerous books and have worked as a television writer/producer. He's currently writing the Dead City Middle Grade book series about a secret society of New York City zombie fighters. According to a non-disclosure agreement He can neither confirm nor deny whether or not he's ever actually fought a zombie face to face. Although he's certain that a few of his middle school teachers were undead.


Genres: Children's Fiction, Young Adult Fiction
New and upcoming books
February 2024

Mission Manhattan
(City Spies, book 5)
September 2024

The Sherlock Society
(Sherlock Society, book 1)
Dead City
   1. Dead City (2012)
   2. Blue Moon (2013)
   3. Dark Days (2015)
   Dead City Omega Collection (2016)
T.O.A.S.T. Mystery
   1. Framed! (2016)
   2. Vanished! (2017)
   3. Trapped! (2018)
City Spies
   1. City Spies (2020)
   2. Golden Gate (2021)
   3. Forbidden City (2022)
   4. City of the Dead (2023)
   5. Mission Manhattan (2024)
James Ponti recommends
The Mystery of Locked Rooms (2024)
Lindsay Currie
"Lindsay Currie has crafted a winning mystery with confounding codes, misleading clues, and the lure of hidden treasure. It's the ultimate escape room and will have you guessing until the final page."
The Liars Society (2024)
(Liars Society, book 1)
Alyson Gerber
"Everything at the Boston School is perfect. Except the past. Behind the ivied walls of the elite New England prep school lies a maze of family secrets, mysterious societies, and cryptic codes. Alyson Gerber unravels a twisty tale sure to grab you from the first pages."
A Royal Conundrum (2024)
(Misfits , book 1)
Lisa Yee
"Full of heart and humor with twisty turns and unforgettable underdogs. Just like the priceless jewels the team is trying to protect, this book is a total gem. You'll wish you were a misfit too."

More recommendations 

Anthologies containing stories by James Ponti
Hope Wins (2022)
A Collection of Inspiring Stories for Young Readers
edited by
Rose Brock
Super Puzzletastic Mysteries (2020)
Short Stories for Young Sleuths from Mystery Writers of America
(Mystery Writers of America Presents)
edited by
Chris Grabenstein

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