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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The Unbreakable Code by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

The Unbreakable CodeIn this sequel to The Book Scavenger, Emily and her best friend, James are back to school trying to find the books in "Book Scavenger" game.  In the first book, Emily taught James how to use clues, ciphers, and codes to find books in specific locations in San Francisco.  They also discovered that Mr. Quisling, their history teacher, was also playing this game. 

>At the beginning of the sequel, James and Emily attend a party at Bayside Press, the home of "Book Scavenger" game. Emily sees Mr. Quisling take a note from a woman's purse and then accidently drop it while talking to Mr. Sloan.  The first part of the note reads, "Remember the Niantic", a ship that carried the first gold rush miners to San Francisco.  After talking to Mrs. Linden, the librarian at the San Francisco History Center, the kids realize their teacher is trying to solve a timeless puzzle, the unbreakable code. Lured by the promise of buried gold on a nearby island, Emily, James, Mr. Quisling, and Mrs. Linden try to find the elusive treasure.

While trying to break the unbreakable code, they are also finding books for the "Book Scavenger" game. Emily and James discover that an arsonist is at large.  Every time they find a book written by Mark Twain, there is a fire.  Who is setting the fires?  Why?  Mr. Quisling is suspected of setting the fires.  Will Mr. Quisling be found guilty of arson?  Can they survive the fires and still find the unknown location of the gold? 

I found it helpful to read book one first.  You meet Emily, James, and other key characters who help each other. 

If you like Sammy Keyes and the Skeleton Man , the second book in the Sammy Keyes series, by Wendelin Van Draanen, you will enjoy this title.  Fans of the series 39 Clues, who liked when Dan and Amy Cahill used codes, ciphers, and clues to find special items will also like The Unbreakable Code.   The suspense will keep you going until the mysteries are solved.

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