The Romeo and Juliet Code by Phoebe Stone 


The Romeo and Juliet Code
by Phoebe Stone
Pages: 304
My rating: B+
Goodreads synopsis: Phoebe Stone, author of the sleeper hit DEEP DOWN POPULAR, is back with a middle-grade code-breaking mystery full of romance and excitement. Think CHASING VERMEER meets THE SECRET GARDEN!
Felicity’s glamorous parents have a secret. When they leave her with distant relatives in Maine, Felicity hopes they won’t leave her 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, but – like THE SECRET GARDEN’S Mary Lennox before her – Felicity’s up for the challenge.
My thoughts: I haven’t read many middle grade novels lately, but I can definitely say that this was such a refreshing change from the ones I have read. I tend to stick with fantasy, so this awesome historical fiction novel was just what I needed. I love anything set in the WWII period and this was no exception. The author did a great job building up the characters and showcasing their interesting relationships along with the factual historical information. My favorite part of this book were the quirky characters and their fun interactions. This is a fun, easy read that will leave you with a smile.