The Secret of the Skeleton Key (The Code Busters Club Series #1)

The Secret of the Skeleton Key (The Code Busters Club Series #1)

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by Penny Warner
     
 

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"Readers are active participants . . . and are frequently invited to solve classic forms of code, such as Morse and semaphores. This intriguing tale has vivid characters and such a tantalizing cliffhanger that readers won’t be able to resist cracking the next Code Busters."—Kirkus Reviews
 
Cody, Quinn, Luke, and M.E. may be

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"Readers are active participants . . . and are frequently invited to solve classic forms of code, such as Morse and semaphores. This intriguing tale has vivid characters and such a tantalizing cliffhanger that readers won’t be able to resist cracking the next Code Busters."—Kirkus Reviews
 
Cody, Quinn, Luke, and M.E. may be really different, but they all share one thing in common: they love playing around with codes. In fact, they love codes so much, they have their own private club, with a super-secret hideout and passwords that change every single day. 

When Cody and Quinn notice what could be a code on the window of a nearby house, the one owned by their strange neighbor, the guy they call Skeleton Man, the club gets to work. And it is a cry for help! 

Now the Code Busters are on the case—and nothing will stop them from solving the mystery and finding the secret treasure that seems to be the cause of it all!
 
This exciting interactive mystery offers more than fifteen codes for you to decipher, including the Consonant code, Morse code, and American Sign Language. Test your brain with the Code Busters and solve the mystery along with them. Answers are in the back, if you ever get stuck.
 
For more code-breaking fun, visit CodeBustersClub.com and join the club!
Ages 8–12

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School Library Journal
Gr 3–5—This pedestrian mystery involves four kids who form a club based on their mutual enjoyment of riddles, puzzles, and secret codes. When one of their elderly neighbors acts weirdly, the kids realize that he has left a semaphore code on his bedroom window, asking for help. Two cheesy relatives are trying to kill him for his fortune. The children get involved and, by decoding a number of messages, are able to rescue him. Readers may enjoy solving the coded chapter titles as well as those that the children have to figure out. However, there is no character development, and the bad guys are stock figures who are more laughable than sinister. Most readers will find the solution to the mystery ridiculously obvious.—B. Allison Gray, Goleta Public Library, CA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781606843901
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/09/2012
Series:
Code Busters Club Series, #1
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
409,926
Product dimensions:
5.42(w) x 7.63(h) x 0.53(d)
Lexile:
710L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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