The Romeo and Juliet Code
By Phoebe Stone
Scholastic, Paperback, 9780545218276, 300pp.
Publication Date: May 2012
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A sudden trip to a seaside house. A boy with brown sugar eyes. And then , a mysterious letter.
Felicity's glamorous parents have a secret. When they leave her with distant relatives in Maine, far away from the battles of WWII, Felicity hopes they won't be gone for long. Her new Uncle Gideon hides things. Her Aunt Miami is star-crossed. And Derek, a kid her age, refuses to leave his room.
But Felicity needs Derek's help. Gideon is getting coded letters from Felicity's parents, and she's sure they're in trouble. Can Felicity crack the code, heal the family and save her parents, all while surviving her first crush? It's a tall order for a small girl, but Felicity is up for the challenge.
Praise for The Romeo and Juliet Code:
"Phoebe Stone’s The Romeo and Juliet Code is quite simply the best novel for young readers I’ve read since Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.’. . . The Romeo and Juliet Code shows that truth will win out and that Stone has written a masterpiece for young readers everywhere. - The Boston Globe
"Stone's intricate and lyrical novel, set during WWII, resembles The Secret Garden in all the best ways. . . . Stone's accomplished tale provides a romantic yet realistic perspective on family, perseverance, and adaptation." - Publishers Weekly, starred review
"The story’s strands satisfyingly come together in a plot full of intrigue, with well-integrated historical and literary references. On top of all that, Flissy is a kick, her ever-so-proper manners and stuffy Briticisms belied by her abundant curiosity and consequent meddling." - The Horn Book, starred review