Monday, December 5, 2011

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday: The Romeo and Juliet Code (a giveaway too!)

Even though several MMGMers have already featured this book, I'm SUPER excited to do it myself because it falls in my FAVORITE middle grade genre--HISTORICAL FICTION!! Alright. *attempts to reign in enthusiasm* That was an awful lot of capital letters.

The Romeo and Juliet Code by Phoebe Stone is set in the United States in 1941. Most of the story takes place prior to the bombing of Pearl Harbor, but Felicity is a British girl--sent to live with her American relatives--so she has already seen World War II at her front door. This is a many-layered story, one of family, questions, friendship, and mystery, and it has a little something for every type of reader.

The premise: When Felicity's parents bring her across the ocean to stay with relatives she's never met, she knows there's more to the story than the dangerous conditions in London during World War II. There are secrets everywhere. Her parents have secrets, her relatives have secrets, there is a secret person who doesn't come out of a bedroom upstairs, there is another room whose door is always locked, and secret coded letters arrive for Felicity's Uncle Gideon. Felicity decides to crack the code and all the other secrets too.

What keeps readers reading: It's the mystery and intrigue. Or maybe it's the quirky, fun characters. Wait, perhaps it's the voice of the story. No, it's the appeal to both girl and boy readers. Okay, I got it, it's the story's fresh take on World War II. Sheesh, I just loved everything about The Romeo and Juliet Code. The balance of elements presented by  Phoebe Stone is amazing, the issues her book brings to the surface make readers think, and a little bit of Shakespeare never hurts a story. Many layers, I tell you. Unravel the code and secrets along with Felicity.

And . . . I'm giving away a copy of The Romeo and Juliet Code! The one I have for the giveaway is a paperback, but don't ask why I have a paperback of a book that isn't out in paperback yet (and it's not an ARC) because that is a secret. U.S. mailing addresses may enter for the giveaway by commenting on this post by Sunday, December 11, 2011, 8pm CST. Read and discover the intrigue.

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21 comments:

  1. This sounds intriguing, Barbara. I'm going to look for it. [Don't enter me in your contest, though, since I don't have a US address.]

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  2. This is by far one of your best MMGM features :D
    I loved every single line of it and your enthusiasm for this books is extremely contagious. It will be great to win but meanwhile I'm going to add it to my TBR list so I don't forget about it.

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  3. I can't believe I haven't even heard of this book! *gasp* Great review, Barbara - I'm sold! :-)

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  4. I'm interested in any book that refers to Shakespeare. Count me in. I have a post box in Blaine, WA.

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  5. Count me in! It sounds wonderful!!!

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  6. This sounds great. I just read Juliet Immortal and loved it!

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  7. I've never heard of this book, and the fact that "Romeo and Juliet" is in the title would normally make me wary, but you mentioning mystery and quirky characters totally sold me, since I LOVE mystery and quirk!

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  8. I've read about this book on other MMGM blogs but still haven't read it myself. Sounds great! What a fun review. I especially enjoyed the way you described what keeps readers reading!

    It's also intriguing that you have a paperback already, considering it's not coming out until May 2012. Hmmm... There's a mystery!

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  9. Have not heard of this one! Sounds right up Anja's alley!!! Mine too!

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  10. I've seen the other reviews too, but yours is definitely a fun one to read. I have it on my to-read list, but now I really want to read it! :) Thanks for the giveaway of the mystery paperback!

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  11. It's everything I love rolled into one story. Even if you don't win my mysterious 'why-do-I-have-it' paperback, make sure you don't miss this one!

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  12. Intriguing! It's new to me too. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  13. What an enthusiastic review~ so colorful with excitement and mystery makes me want to go right out and get it. Awakened thoughts about who is in what room and all of the secrets that could be...Great Review!

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  14. Thanks, Barbara! I've been meaning to pick this one up since Michael recommended it. I'm glad you loved it, too. :o)

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  15. Okay. I admit it. Sometimes I judge books by their covers. Whats interesting to me is that your descripion of the book doesn't give me the same impression at all as the cover. You make it sound far more intriguing. And layered, as you put it. The cover makes me think simple summer romance.

    I have a US PO box, too. :-)

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  16. Ok,ok...I'm sold on this one! I am definitely in on this drawing. Exciting and excellent review, Barbara.

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  17. How sneaky and interesting that you have a ppback.

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  18. I also have a soft spot for historical fiction. (Dreams of writing one.) I would love to win a copy. As always, Barbara your review is wonderful.

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  19. Yay! I love the enthusiasm of your comments, and this book is, well, simply awesome!

    I do agree, Danika, that the cover does NOT fit the story. I was astounded, actually, to learn that it was historically based--because the cover doesn't give that clue.

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  20. I loved this, too. And while I agree that all the elements are strong, I really think it's the mystery that keeps readers reeled in.

    Please DON'T enter me in the giveaway. I've won so many things lately that it's almost embarrassing (though fun). Give others a chance. :)

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  21. yay!!!! I can't wait to read this! :)

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