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The Romeo and Juliet Code

by Phoebe Stone


Arthur A. Levine Books
May 2012


Fiction
Ages 8 – 12 . Grades 3 – 7

Library of Congress: 2010030005


DRA: 60

Guided Reading: W

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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.
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Phoebe Stone

Phoebe Stone is the beloved and acclaimed author of several novels for middle grade, including The Romeo and Juliet Code, which was hailed by the Boston Globe as "quite simply the best novel for young readers . . . since Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone." She received four starred reviews for The Boy on Cinnamon Street, and another star for her novel Deep Down Popular. Booklist awarded a starred review to Romeo Blue, the follow-up to The Romeo and Juliet Code, calling it "compelling, and with plenty of heart and soul." Phoebe and her husband live in Middlebury, Vermont.

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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

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