The Romeo and Juliet Code

The Romeo and Juliet Code

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by Phoebe Stone
     
 

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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,

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Stone's (Deep Down Popular) intricate and lyrical novel, set during WWII, resembles The Secret Garden in all the best ways. Bright and bold Felicity Bathburn Budwig's parents leave her with her father's family in Maine, without an explanation, far from her beloved and endangered home in England. In addition to culture shock, 11-year-old Felicity is frustrated with her quirky and closed-mouthed relatives, including secretive Uncle Gideon and Shakespeare-obsessed Aunt Miami. When Uncle Gideon begins receiving letters from Portugal in her father's handwriting, Felicity and Captain Derek, a 12-year-old recovering from polio, set out to find answers and solve the many mysteries of the "large, dark house full of rifts and lies." Felicity is a deeply empathetic heroine, and as she informs readers of the ways of British children ("British children are usually very brave. I saw many, many of them getting on trains in London... going alone to the countryside to get away from the bombs"), she reveals much about the hardships facing young Londoners during the war. Stone's accomplished tale provides a romantic yet realistic perspective on family, perseverance, and adaptation. Ages 8–12. (Jan.)
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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

Children's Literature - Lois Rubin Gross
Spunky Felicity Bathburne Budwig has been left for the duration of World War II with her extended family in Bottlebay, Maine. Her glamorous, globetrotting parents, Danny and Winnie, are off to Portugal on top secret business, leaving Felicity with eccentric Uncle Gideon, the Gram, and Aunt Miami. But a British child, as Felicity tells herself, staunchly endures and Felicity even thrives as she discovers her cousin Derek, recovering from polio and isolating himself like a character in the Frances Hodgson Burnett novels that Felicity loves. In addition, the Bathburne family harbors mysteries to be solved, such as the whereabouts of Felicity's parents, a long feud between Danny and Uncle Gideon, and Gideon's nailed shut piano. What better occupation for a clever British girl than unraveling family secrets? This is an utterly charming tale that delightfully captures the spirit of the World War II home front. The suspenseful elements will entertain the most curious of future spies and cryptographers. Also, there is a slight romance between adopted Derek and Felicity who are both on the cusp of adolescence. This is a "read-alike" for American Girl mystery readers, but much better written, better plotted, and more appealing. A terrific addition to World War II reading lists, explaining to children the evacuation of British children from their homeland in an accessible and entertaining way. Reviewer: Lois Rubin Gross
School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—Eleven-year-old Felicity Bathburn Budwig does not appreciate being deposited in Bottlebay, ME, by her parents, but she understands the necessity as it is 1941 and London is under constant bombardment by the Germans. She is welcomed into her father's family's Victorian house populated by The Gram, Aunt Miami, Uncle Gideon, and the reclusive "Captain Derek," who turns out to be a boy recovering from polio. Felicity and Derek team up to discover why Gideon receives letters from her father that she is not supposed to see and to puzzle out the code they contain. In doing so, the girl uncovers family secrets surrounding her parents' estrangement from the Bathburn clan. Felicity's internal observations propel this mystery forward with good effect. She rather resembles a combination of Noel Streatfeild's English waifs and Polly Horvath's Primrose from Everything on a Waffle (Farrar, 2001). Her insecure whisperings to her bear, Wink, show her private feelings in an endearing flashback to childhood, and readers will identify with the protagonist in all her schemes. The girl's thoughts articulate clues for readers to notice, making this a story truly told through the eyes of its narrator. Her perspective is not necessarily accurate, yet just like the codes she deciphers, it allows readers to uncover the truth. Pair this up with Noel Streatfeild's "Shoes" books (Random) or Kate DiCamillo's Because of Winn Dixie (Candlewick, 2000) as a quietly touching story of finding one's place in the world.—Caitlin Augusta, Stratford Library Association, CT
Kirkus Reviews

Eleven-year-old Londoner Felicity has been left by her parents, Danny and Winnie, for the duration of World War II at the mansion her grandmother, uncle and aunt share on a Maine bluff overlooking the sea. Secrets abound, and adults are strangely, sometimes even bizarrely wary of informing her about any of them, although that leaves her feeling isolated and abandoned. Why is Uncle Gideon receiving encoded messages from Danny—all postmarked from Portugal? Who is the mysterious Captain Derek locked away in the upstairs bedroom? What caused the estrangement between Gideon and Danny, and what role did Winnie play? After she joins forces with her 12-year-old male cousin, the two begin to solve the mysteries, one at a time, leaving Felicity—and astute readers—with some astonishing surprises. She is endearingly portrayed, and the back story, so gradually revealed, provides a peek into the depths of the souls of some of the adults. The pacing is deliberately slow, yet Felicity's growing awareness of how she can help heal the troubled adults makes this an eminently satisfying read. (Historical fiction. 9-13)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545443098
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
05/01/2012
Sold by:
Scholastic, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
348,731
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author


Phoebe Stone’s first novel, ALL THE BLUE MOONS AT THE WALLACE HOTEL, was hailed as “haunting and poetic” by THE NEW YORK TIMES. Her first novel for Arthur A. Levine Books, DEEP DOWN POPULAR, received a starred review in BOOKLIST. THE ROMEO AND JULIET CODE received two stars. And her most recent title, THE BOY ON CINNAMON STREET, received a whopping four starred reviews. Phoebe lives in Middlebury, Vermont.

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I just finished it and it was amazing. This book is appropriate for any one from the age of 9-99
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This book was AMAZING I loved it and so did my students it is appropriate for all ages from 9+
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Love it so far!
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Perfect little love story.
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This is an amazibg read full of mystery and a tiny bit of historical fiction i recemed this back to anyine who likes a good mystery
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Heidi_G More than 1 year ago
This story for upper-elementary readers finds Felicity staying with relatives in Maine after being evacuated from London during World War II. They are an odd lot, those aunts, uncles, and cousins, and Felicity struggles to match her British values with the household norms. Mystery, history, and humor make this a good read for children who appreciate innocence in their protagonistis. The cover was misleading to me, as it evoked realistic fiction instead of historical fiction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. I got it like 2 days go and could not stop reading it. It is appropriate for all ages. This book is full of suspense, secrets, and love. I have never read a book by Pheobe Stone but now I am going to start reading them. I encourage you to read this book. It is now 1 of my favorites. And I love that it has stuff to do with Shakespeare as nothing does today.
secondhandclothes More than 1 year ago
Can't say enough good about this novel-- it is funny, heartbreaking, absorbing, historical, romantic, surprising. Loved it!
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Read it in one day becasue i couldnt put t down..l
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great book. i hope there is a second book. also i was so surprised at the part where flissy finds out that Gideon is her real dad. i mean, how shocking could that be?!
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