The Romeo and Juliet Code introduces readers to Felicity Bathburn Budwig, a young British girl who is moving to Maine to stay with relatives for the duration of World War II. Her parents leave her with family members she’s never met, and Felicity doesn’t really know where her parents are going or when–or if–they will return for her. They don’t even write to her…but they do send letters to her Uncle Gideon. Felicity is barely allowed to touch these letters. That, of course, makes her want to know what the letters are hiding.
With the help of Derek, a boy who lives with the Bathburn family, Felicity learns that these mysterious letters are codes being sent from her parents. But what do they say? What is the code’s connection to Romeo and Juliet? Do the codes have anything to do with the war that is sure to involve America at any moment? Just what are her parents involved in? And can Felicity and Derek figure everything out–including the mystery surrounding the turmoil in the Bathburn family–before they lose their minds? Discover the truth when you read The Romeo and Juliet Code by Phoebe Stone.
While this book is a decent historical mystery with a dash of young love, it wasn’t exactly a quick read, and that–along with the misleading cover–will make this one a hard sell. I know some of my female students will pick up the book because of the current cover, but the “bait and switch” here might turn them off once they start reading. Most of my male students won’t pick up this book at all because the cover makes it look like a “girl book.”
If you’d like more information about The Romeo and Juliet Code and other books by author Phoebe Stone, visit http://www.phoebestone.com/.