The secret code: a novel
For eight years, Judy, computer whiz Ben Meridor and Judy's strangely gifted brother, Jimmy, have been unraveling the code embedded in the Torah. Considered subversives by Israeli intelligence because of their warnings of an imminent terrorist attack, they covertly re-enter the country. What began as an engaging mathematical puzzle becomes a race against the clock to save Messianic Jews from the impending fulfillment of end times prophecies.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
A young boy named Oscar teaches his best friend and classmate, Lucy, how to understand the "secret code" of Braille in this easy reader, part of the Rookie Readers series. With a simple sentence on each two-page spread, and colorful cartoon-like illustrations, author Dana Meachen Rau and illustrator Bari Weissman spin a satisfying tale of two friends that, though they use different methods, share their love of reading with one another. I don't think I would have picked The Secret Code up - I tend to avoid this sort of very basic early-reader - were it not one of our official selections over in the Picture-Book Club to which I belong, where our theme this month is people facing physical challenges. I liked the fact that Oscar's blindness is presented in such a matter-of-fact way - no trauma here, folks! - and that the theme of children with different abilities is presented in an early-reader format. This is a title one might expect to find in any classroom, as part of the materials available to help children learn to read, making its themes all the more welcome! Beginning readers will enjoy the story, learn a little bit about Braille, and (if they're anything like me!) have fun translating the letter that Oscar sends to Lucy, toward the end of the book!
Review: The Secret CodeUser Review - Kim - Goodreads
I don't recommend. Stupid library search engine! Read full review