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Chester Keene Cracks the Code

By Mary Krawczyk, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Boy finds family, friendship in heartwarming adventure.

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This sweet story about family and friendship keeps readers engaged with an exciting mix of mystery and adventure. Chester Keene Cracks the Code explores family bonds, friendship, bullying, and forgiveness with sensitivity and warmth. Buttoned-down, serious Chester and free-wheeling, messy Skye make a great team, and they're funny together, too. While readers may feel frustrated as Chester and his mom continually struggle to communicate, they'll be more than rewarded when mother and son finally find their way. The story provides an excellent lesson about honesty and forgiveness. Readers will also see the different ways that people can find, and make, family and friends

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