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, but - like The Secret Garden's Mary Lennox before her - Felicity's up for the challenge.
Rating: 3 out of 5 boxes
Target Audience: MG readers
High point: The utter Britishness
Low point: N/A...I don't read much MG
Reader maturity: 8+
The Romeo and Juliet Code is a cute (and very British!) story that follows Flissy Budwig as a British expat living with relatives in the US during World War II. Flissy and the mysterious Captain Derek try to unravel the secrets about Flissy's parents that all the adults are hiding.
I don't usually like MG, but The Romeo and Juliet Code was actually pretty good, and it will appeal to a wider audience than the MG I've read in the past. Flissy, short for Felicity, is a headstrong, curious and extremely British eleven year old with an unhealthy attachment to her teddy bear, Wink. Her confusion and other eleven year old emotions are easily accessible to the reader. To older readers, the mysteries at the Bathburn house in Bottlebay, May are quickly solved, but I think the clues would provide a properly elusive puzzle for younger readers.
Since I don't usually read or review MG, I'm not sure what to say about the writing or character development, but I can say that I enjoyed The Romeo and Juliet Code and it's one I'd recommend for MG readers.
Title: The Romeo and Juliet Code
Author: Phoebe Stone
Book Source: Won an ARC--not sure from where