The Unbreakable Code by Jennifer Chambliss BertmanThe Unbreakable Code by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

The Unbreakable Code

byJennifer Chambliss Bertman

Hardcover | April 25, 2017

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A New York Times-Bestseller!

Could books hidden through Book Scavenger be linked to an arsonist's web of destruction? Find out in Book 2 of Jennifer Bertman's Book Scavenger series.

Mr. Quisling is definitely up to something mysterious, and Emily and James are on high alert. First, there's the coded note he drops at a book event. Then they uncover a trail of encrypted messages in Mark Twain-penned books hidden through Book Scavenger. What's most suspicious is that each hidden book triggers a fire.
As the sleuthing friends dig deeper, they discover Mr. Quisling has been hunting a legendary historical puzzle: the Unbreakable Code. This new mystery is irresistible, but Emily and James can't ignore the signs that Mr. Quisling might be the arsonist. The clock is ticking as the fires multiply, and Emily and James race to crack the code of a lifetime.

This title has Common Core connections.

A Christy Ottaviano Book

Jennifer Chambliss Bertman was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She holds an MFA in creative writing and has worked for literary agencies, magazines, educational publishers, and as a freelance copyeditor and proofreader. She is the author of Book Scavenger.
Title:The Unbreakable CodeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 7.99 × 5.24 × 1.34 inPublished:April 25, 2017Publisher:Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1627791167

ISBN - 13:9781627791168


Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Engaging Mystery - Great for Puzzle Lovers! Bertman’s second novel in her Book Scavenger series involves two twelve year olds, Emily and James, as they solve a series of puzzles, including “the Unbreakable Code”. The two must keep up with the demands of school work and family while they, simultaneously, solve a mysterious code that might help them to determine the reason behind all of the fires breaking out around San Francisco. This fast-paced and adventure-packed mystery would appeal to boys and girls, ages nine to twelve. Children who are interested in puzzles and riddles would especially enjoy it. Useful for teaching children to think analytically and creatively as it prompts readers to solve the puzzles alongside the protagonists, this novel is also packed with historical information about San Francisco, so it would pair nicely with a unit study of or trip to this city. What is more, Emily and James both display intelligence, bravery, and compassion as they tackle problems together. Never afraid to give or take advice from the other, they behave as equals, supporting each other as they tackle each new feat. This story provides an excellent example of how boys and girls can work collaboratively to improve the lives of others and themselves.
Date published: 2018-03-24

Editorial Reviews

A New York Times-Bestseller!A Junior Library Guild SelectionA California Beatty Award Nominee "Brisk, bookish good fun for puzzle and code lovers."-Kirkus Reviews "Bertman offers . . . a large, interesting cast of characters, plenty of challenges for code enthusiasts, and more complexity than most middle-grade mysteries. Young readers captivated by these distinctive characters will be hoping for the series to continue."-Booklist Online"A successful sequel . . . Readers who loved the first volume will find this follow-up even more satisfying."--School Library JournalPraise for Book Scavenger:A New York Times-BestsellerAn Indie Next List PickAn NCTE Notable Children's Book in the Language ArtsA Bank Street College Best Book of the YearA Publishers Weekly Best Book for SummerA Texas Lamplighter Award NomineeA Pennsylvania Young Readers Choice Award NomineeA Georgia Children's Book Award FinalistA Colorado Book Award FinalistA Maryland Black Eyed Susan Award NomineeA Utah Educational Library Media Association Master List SelectionA Missouri Gateway Award NomineeA Nebraska Golden Sower Award FinalistA Connecticut Nutmeg Book Award NomineeA Utah Beehive Award NomineeAn Illinois Rebecca Caudill Young Reader's Award NomineeAn Illinois Bluestem Award NomineeA Mississippi Magnolia Children's Choice Book Award NomineeA Rhode Island Middle School Book Award Nominee"Full of heart and replete with challenging ciphers for readers to decode, Bertman's debut is literary cousin to classic puzzlers like The Westing Game, and a story that values books and reading above other pursuits . . . Sure to be popular with voracious readers." -Publishers Weekly, starred review"How I adored this book! It's a page-turning thriller, a valentine to the storied city of San Francisco, an exploration of the nature of friendship and family, a feast for puzzle aficionados and code breakers, and a celebration of the community of book lovers everywhere. It's off the charts wonderful." -Claudia Mills, author of Kelsey Green, Reading Queen and Zero Tolerance"Book Scavenger is that flashlight-under-the-bedcovers book that would have gotten me into serious trouble when I was a kid." -Jody Feldman, author of The Gollywopper Games"Book Scavenger is the book I dreamed of when I was young. Adventure! Ciphers! Hidden treasure! And it's all for the love and celebration of books! This book nerd couldn't put it down, and you won't be able to either." -K.A. Holt, author of Rhyme Schemer