The Shadow Cipher
by Laura Ruby
Walden Pond Press, 2017. Fiction. 476 p.
Tess and Theo Biedermann, and their neighbor, Jamie Cruz, live in one
of the historic Morningstarr buildings in an alternate New York City.
The Morninstarrs were a family of brilliant architects and engineers
who created smart robots and interactive buildings that permeate the
York society. They also created the Cipher, a puzzle that was supposed
to lead to an amazing treasure, but during the 50+ years since it was created no one has been able to solve it. When an upstart
developer threatens to pull down Tess and Theo's apartment building, the
twins team up with Jamie in one last effort to solve the cipher and use
the treasure to save their home. As they pursue what seems to be a new
line of clues, they discover that the world around them is more
mysterious and dangerous than they could have imagined.
book is getting a lot of attention. It is a fast paced, fresh,
steampunk mystery that will appeal to both boys and girls. Ruby has created a host of quirky and interesting characters, and the book ends on such a tantalizing note that readers will be dying for the next one in the series to come out. (476