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  • Amazing

    This book is an amazing mix of dystopian fiction and mystery novel!So good ,they should charge much more money!350-400 pages long.

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  • Middlegrade Contemporary Treasure Hunt

    The Shadow Cipher by Laura Ruby is a middlegrade mystery about a treasure hunt across a contemporary New York City. Over a hundred years ago, the Morningstarr scientists changed technology as it was, built tower after tower in New York, and then disappeared, leaving a mysterious set of clues supposed to lead seekers to their fortune. Hundreds have searched, but no one has found it, not in over a century. Now, as their home is about to be sold from underneath them, three seventh-graders discover a new clue that they hope will lead to saving their home in a Morningstarr tower. This was an intriguing mystery! The main characters were a comic-book artist boy and twin brainiacs, one a very anxious girl and the other a logical-minded boy. They were neighbors in the apartment building built by the Morningstarrs. I really enjoyed their personalities. They seemed had maturity of the right age group, although the twins’ were very smart. And as the kids began to discover, the Morningstarrs’ code wasn’t as simple as a single set of codes. It was a tiny bit alive, responding to the teens attempts to discover it where everyone else had taken decades to solve a single clue. It was fun to discover the clues alongside them and wonder at the mystery they hid. And the code began to change the kids a little too. They grew in friendship and maturity while their search continued. The ending of the book wasn’t quite as satisfying as I expected. I can only hope that the same mystery continues into the second book instead of ending here and beginning a new mystery. But it was fascinating while I was reading it, and I liked the way the characters grew while they searched. I think seven-year-old Cricket was my favorite character. There was a bit of violence near the end of the story — a person or two died (or appeared to) because of their greed and some weird mechanical monsters that eat people if you let them. Creepy! On the whole, it was a fun book, reminding me a little of the Goonies or a scavenger hunt reality tv show. I received a complementary copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for sharing them.

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