Code 7: Cracking the Code for an Epic Life

Code 7: Cracking the Code for an Epic Life

by Bryan R Johnson

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Life at Flint Hill Elementary School may seem normal, but seven friends find themselves on a path to crack the code for an epic life. Whether they’re chasing their dreams on stage, searching for an elusive monster fish, or running a makeshift business out of a tree house, can these heroes find a way to work together to change their community?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781940556000
Publisher: Candy Wrapper Inc.
Publication date: 09/05/2017
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 114
Sales rank: 46,823
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 7 - 12 Years

About the Author

No matter where Bryan Johnson is-in the car, at the dinner table, or around the campfire-he loves inventing stories for his children on demand. Bryan is also a real-life adventurer. If he's not flying airplanes, he's exploring the ruins of ancient Rome or climbing the peaks of Mount Kilimanjaro. Bryan also loves fist bumps over handshakes, pizza without the crust, and colorful shoes.

Table of Contents

  • A World of Possibilities (Theme: Authenticity)
  • Smash Mouth Taffy (Theme: Character)
  • Handle With Care (Theme: Care)
  • The Monster (Theme: Perseverance)
  • Break a Leg (Theme: Courage)
  • Oh Rats! (Theme: Responsibility)
  • Code 7 (Theme: Become)

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Code 7: Cracking the Code for an Epic Life 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
ReadersFavorite1 3 months ago
Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite Code 7: Cracking the Code for an Epic Life by Bryan R. Johnson is a book for young readers with powerful lessons. It features stories of seven students at Flint Elementary School and explores very relevant themes, including creativity, teamwork, friendship, bullying, adventure, and the importance of contributing to their society, of being valued, and the sense of belonging. We encounter a wide cast of characters that are elaborately developed: Jefferson, Sebastian, Genevieve, Talmage, Samantha, Alec, and Kaitlyn. The book starts with the story of Jefferson Johnson, a natural painter, who creates a beautiful mural to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the school, with a grand opening in the presence of the townsfolk, including the mayor. Each chapter has a story of each of the characters and the last chapter brings all of them together. This is a book with great lessons for young readers and most grownups will feel strong resonances as they move from one story to the next and from one character to the next. The plot in each story is ingeniously done and each story has its climax and a satisfactory conclusion. Character handling is impeccable and the writing is tight and suitable for young readers. From the thematic development to the realism infused into the stories, Code 7: Cracking the Code for an Epic Life is a work that is exciting and that engages the reader right away. The narrator did an awesome job and the audio doesn’t fail to capture the excitement of the story, the strong drama, and the humor that sets it apart. The male voice is strong and compelling, adjusting to the characters and the different situations. Bryan R. Johnson is one of my favorite children's authors and I loved how real the stories are as well as their educational benefit.
ForTheArtOfIt 7 months ago
I received an eARC copy of this book from the publisher. Here is my honest review. I read this book back in 2017 so I don't remember details but I do remember reading it. Someone reached out and asked if I would be interested in participating in an author interview in preparation for the book's release. I'll post the relevant part of my response below: To be honest, I was going to pass - but then I finished the book and went and looked up more about Johnson and the Code 7 project. In all fairness, I wouldn't say that the writing is the greatest in the world, but I love the idea behind the project. Code 7, while far-fetched and simplistic, does present key characteristics that, as a parent, educator and concerned citizen, I believe our youth need to develop. The compilation of stories makes it easy to understand those characteristics in a practical way and opens the door to honest conversations between kids and adults. Two years on, I still believe this is an excellent book to open up conversations with young readers. And thinking about the simplistic language used in the book, I believe this can be beneficial as it will open the book to readers of all levels. And isn't that what we want from books: to have children connect with the characters and situations and then be inspired?
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite Bryan R. Johnson's Código 7: Bilingual Spanish - English Chapter Book for Kids, ESL/ELL, and Spanish Language Learners is a collection of interrelated stories about a group of fifth-grade friends attending Flint Hill Elementary School. Jefferson’s story is the first in the series. He’s always been about putting his vision on paper. If Jefferson’s not painting, he’s busy drawing or sketching something. When Principal Cooler asks for ideas at a school assembly on how to jazz up the school for its 50th anniversary, Jefferson couldn’t stop himself from suggesting a mural for the blank, white shoebox-shaped walls. The audience instantly got on board with his suggestion, and ideas about the mural’s themes flew around the excited audience. But who should be the artist? Jefferson cringed when his friend Darren suggested that Jefferson do it. After all, shouldn’t a professional do it, not a kid? The principal and teachers seemed to all agree; Jefferson would be put in charge of the mural project. Somehow, he knew if he worked hard enough at it, he’d come up with the perfect idea, but time was ticking past and still nothing. Then Mr. Summers, the groundskeeper, gave him the best possible advice. I’m always on the lookout for bilingual Spanish/English books as a way to refresh my familiarity with a language I rarely get to use in real life. Bryan R. Johnson’s collection of inspirational stories for preteens offered me the perfect opportunity to do so. His stories are beautifully written, and his characters are well-defined and credible. Each kid’s challenges and triumphs seem universal, and the resolutions are ingenious. The Spanish translations were fun to work through before reading the English, and I appreciated the fact that the two versions were separated instead of being presented on opposing pages. The simple fact of it being a bit harder to cheat and look at the translation helps motivate the reader to deduce and work just a bit more with their language skill set. The stories are awesome, and the opportunity to use both languages while enjoying them is a big plus. Código 7 is most highly recommended.
MomsChoiceAwards More than 1 year ago
A recipient of the Mom’s Choice Award! The Mom’s Choice Awards® (MCA) evaluates products and services created for parents and educators and is globally recognized for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friend media, products and services. Using a rigorous evaluation process, entries are scored on a number of elements including production quality, design, educational value, entertainment value, originality, appeal and cost. Around the world, parents, educators, retailers and members of the media trust the MCA Honoring Excellence seal when selecting quality products and services for families and children.