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

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)
James Ponti recommends
Charlie Thorne and the Last Equation (2019)
(Charlie Thorne, book 1)
Stuart Gibbs
"Whether she’s catching big air on her snowboard or deciphering clues hidden by Albert Einstein, Charlie Thorne is an ideal hero for a new generation. Her pulse pounding adventure unfolds like one of the equations she’s so skilled at solving – the final answer remains concealed until every last variable has been uncovered."
Coop Knows the Scoop (2020)
Taryn Souders
"Coop Knows the Scoop is a gem of mystery with everything you're looking for in a whodunit from the pitch perfect setting, to the heartwarming hero, and a plot that will keep you guessing until the end."
Shinji Takahashi and the Mark of the Coatl (2022)
(Society of Explorers and Adventurers, book 1)
Julie Kagawa
"Don't miss out as Shinji Takahashi goes on the adventure of a lifetime as he tries to solve the riddle of an ancient curse! It's a non-stop thrill ride that will leave you breathless and wanting to join the Society of Explorers and Adventurers!"
Zachary Ying and the Dragon Emperor (2022)
(Zachary Ying, book 1)
Xiran Jay Zhao
"Zachary Ying and the Dragon Emperor is an edge-of-your-seat adventure that has you laughing on one page and cheering on the next. Zach is a gamer turned hero who goes on an epic quest across the globe only to find his greatest strength within. More, please!"

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