The Shadow Cipher (York Series #1)

The Shadow Cipher (York Series #1)


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ISBN-13: 9780062306937
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/16/2017
Series: York Series , #1
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 156,797
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.70(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Laura Ruby is the author of books for adults, teens, and children, including the Michael L. Printz Medal winner and National Book Award finalist Bone Gap, the Edgar Award nominee Lily’s Ghosts, the Book Sense Pick Good Girls, and York: The Shadow Cipher, the first book in the York trilogy. She is on the faculty of Hamline University’s MFA in writing for children and young adults program and lives in the Chicago area. You can visit her online at

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The Shadow Cipher (York Series #1) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
GregAndree More than 1 year ago
A review by 10yo Novalee: This book, York: The Shadow Cipher (the first book in a series!!!), was a very detailed, high leveled and AMAZING thing to read! This book had its main focus on this old puzzle called the Cipher, which was designed by the Morningstarrs, this genius twin pair, brother and sister. They invented many things, and designed the Morningstarr Tower, which has many elevators that move in all directions. The Morningstarrs, along with their employees had secrets and basically lived under the radar. In this book, three kids try to solve the Cipher. The kids were Tess and Theo, brother and sister. Both really smart. Jaime. The artist. Smart. Finally, Nine, the cat that needs a leash. Slightly crazy. Together, these people, (plus cat) are kind of brought closer to each other because a powerful man named Darrell Slant bought their apartment building. My opinion? I think that this book was really great. If you like solving puzzles and challenging your brain, you would really LOVE this book. This book had what I like to read about. Action, personality, detail, scary moments, bonding, and, frankly, too many other things to list. You need to read York: The Shadow Cipher!!! Thank you for writing this book Laura Ruby
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Twins Theo and Tess along with their neighbor Jamie embark on a century old quest to solve a puzzle for the Morningstar Treasure. Can they solve the puzzle in time to prevent their building from being demolished? With the threat of having to move out of their beloved historical home to somewhere more bland so they can afford rent, the trio decide to give the quest a shot. Many colorful characters emerge, such as the two suspicious men lurking around the building, a nosy Kindergarten age sleuth who likes to play dress up, and a club of old cipher searchers complete with an amazing super hero hideout. Curfew, dinner time, danger, and dead ends threaten to derail their efforts. This was a really fun quest book, with a great twist on reality. It has the feel of a high tech version of National Treasure. The technology of modern day New York is much more advanced based on the inventions of the Morningstar twins, geniuses from the 1800's who had innovations in solar power and robotics. It was fresh and fun and I can't wait for the next book in the series! Ages 8+ This review first appeared on and on Instagram @libbysbooks