Fiona, who is 12 years old, is going with her parent's to her grandmother's house because she has to. She is half-heartedly helping as they prepare her recently deceased grandmother’s house and personal belongings for sale. While going through the attic, Fiona found her grandfather’s astronomy books and telescopes. She also discovered a secret code that she believes will lead her to a hidden treasure. What Fiona didn’t know was that there were forces afoot, human and otherwise, who know about code and are just as anxious to find the treasure. Can Fiona break the code? Is there really a treasure to be found? What will happen to her if the forces of evil succeed?

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

This is an enjoyable adolescent mystery where the reader is immediately engaged. Readers will perceive this book as a fun to read and it will encourage them to continue to read.

Content Awareness Factors:


Young Reader Reaction

The kids had lots of questions: what was in that pile of junk? Why did Eugene keep disappearing? etc. They liked the story and asked to read it again.

Parent Reaction

This is a well-crafted story that is enjoyable and fun to read. The author knows her audience. The author sustains the reader’s interest by creating believable characters and a plot that is full of surprising twists and turns.

Type of Book:
This is an illustrated chapter book mystery for pre-teens.
Educational Themes:

The educational value of the book is that it is a well written and enjoyable adolescent mystery. The book may appeal to girls rather than boys since the main character is an adolescent girl.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
9 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
6 to 12
Age of child:
Read by students at Northumberland Elementary School, Newport News, VA for the Reading Tub's Use Your ABCs program. Read with children ages 9 and 10.
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. This is a well-crafted story. She captures the reader’s attention immediately and sustains that interest by creatively twisting and turning the plot. The nature of the genre and the audience’s interest in mystery suggests that the book will be reread

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Author Dotti Enderle
Publisher Pelican Publishing © 2007
Illustrators T. Kyle Gentry
ISBN 9781589804814
Material Paperback
Cost $8.95
Genres Adventure, Family, Mystery
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