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The Shadow Cipher: York, Book 1

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Puzzles, codes, laughs in exciting alt-New York mystery.

Book Laura Ruby Fantasy 2017
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Laura Ruby's middle-grade alt-New York series opens with an imaginative premise, engaging characters, a suspenseful plot, oddball brilliance, relatable issues, and quite a few laughs. Loaded with math humor, historic trivia, and a barrage of puzzles, codes, and ciphers, York: The Shadow Cipher won't be for everybody, but this dense, demanding, time-hopping adventure is a rewarding read for those who persist and offers the promise of more to come.

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