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Gr 5-7-This sequel to The Romeo and Juliet Code (Scholastic, 2011) can stand alone as a great World War II story. Felicity B. Bathburn longs for the safety and security of her own home. It's been almost two years since she left London to stay with her grandmother in the rambling house on the coast of Maine. She holds onto memories of her mother and creates conversations and letters in her mind that she would send if only she knew an address. Her American family has secrets of its own and Flissy has learned not to offer explanations or talk about her parents' or uncle's work. The family welcomed her just as they welcomed the orphaned Derek, now 13, who was just a baby when The Gram's son brought him into their home. Flissy is the first one to be suspicious when a man claiming to be Derek's father comes to town and attempts to gain access to the family's secrets and come between the two young teens who are struggling to make sense of the world around them. A Nazi uniform hangs in her uncle's closet and conversations in German become a late-night ritual. Through a series of hidden messages and shortwave-radio broadcasts, Flissy unwittingly learns the true meaning of perseverance and just how much some people will sacrifice when faced with an unbearable truth. Readers will get caught up in this story of young love, espionage, and war-torn families while still far away from the frontlines of the battlefield.-Cheryl Ashton, Amherst Public Library, OHα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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*Starred Review* This absorbing follow-up to The Romeo and Juliet Code (2011) picks up with the Bathburns in Bottlebay, Maine, one year later and with WWII in full swing. Flissy hasn’t heard a word from her parents, who are spies missing in Europe, but keeps herself occupied with her love interest, Derek, the boy the Bathburns unofficially adopted. When a man shows up claiming to be Derek’s long-lost father, Flissy struggles to keep her suspicions about him to herself. Soon, Mr. Henley, the local postman and poet, is called for duty in North Africa; Aunt Miami joins a USO traveling production of Romeo and Juliet; and Gideon, Flissy’s biological father, undertakes a secret mission. Intrigue and mysteries abound: Who is “the Moth Man”? What is Gideon doing in France? Will everyone come home alive? Our 13-year-old narrator captures the effect of the upheaval on her life and her family as she transitions, perhaps prematurely owing to her circumstances, from child to adult. Stone evokes time and place beautifully, with descriptions of blackout curtains and the war effort—not to mention the stormy coast of Maine—and her passages about war feel relevant today (“Here in such a lush and green world, why do people hurt and kill one another and why is there such a thing as war?”) Compelling, and with plenty of heart and soul. Grades 5-8. --Ann Kelley
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 790L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books (May 28, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545443601
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545443609
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I know this book will be enjoyed by kids and adults from fourth grade and up.
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I fell in love with Phoebe Stone's winsome characters, plot, humor, and setting, and was not disappointed in the conclusion to her first book.
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Like the first book this one is full of lessons about love (the deepest kind), commitment and true family.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Koch VINE VOICE on June 9, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Flissy was shipped off to stay with her Aunt and Uncle in Maine, while her parents are back in Europe fighting. Not a good time as WWII is going on. Maine is a Big change from London.

Now that Flissy has adjusted and that is a thank you to Derek. He was adopted by Flissy's relatives. Derek is trying to find his biological father and wants Flissy's help. Things get interesting when Derek finds his father. Also what is Flissy's Uncle hiding? Did I mention that Flissy's parents are spies?

I thought this was a cute book. I have not read The Romeo and Juliet Code but you don't have to read it prior to reading Romeo Blue. This book can be read as a stand alone novel.

I liked Flissy and her British accent. At times she acted older then her age but then she would do something that would quickly show just how young she is. I also like the age that Derek was of thirteen. That age when teens are starting to grow up but at the same time are still kids. The romance between Flissy and Derek is at the puppy love stage.

You can tell that the author really had the young readers in mind when she wrote this book. She kept the story light without bogging it down with too many details and the two main characters relatable. A fast read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hannah Prentiss on June 20, 2013
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This is one of the best books I have ever read. It is sad and exciting all at the same time! I love this book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By muddyboy1 on June 20, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This book takes place in America during the period of World War 2 and the principle family in the book is deeply involved in the war effort in many different ways and this to some extent includes the children. However, there are also family things going on including love, loss, fun and humor - so the plot is not overwhelmed with focus on the war. The only thing a bit unrealistic is that every single adult in the book has an important role in the war even if it is just entertaining the troops. What I like best about the book is that author Stone respects her characters and her readers. There are important issues dealt with here but she does not talk down to her young readers. I have not read her previous books and to me this was a good stand alone young adult novel.
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By The DMS on July 12, 2014
Format: Hardcover
It has been a year since Felicity Bathburn Budwig was dropped off in America to live with family she hadn't met. Flissy, as she came to be known, had a hard time adjusting to Maine, her new family (The Gram, Uncle Gideon, Aunt Miami, and Derek), and being separated from her parents, whom she called Winnie and Danny. But in the past year something amazing happened. Flissy has grown to love Bottlebay, Maine, the eccentric Bathburns, and her buddy and secret crush, Derek. With World War II still in full swing, Flissy can’t help but continue to worry about Winnie and Danny, especially since she hasn’t heard from them in months. Derek has always known that he was taken in by the Bathburns, and has no idea when his real birthday is or who his birth parents are. When Derek starts having secret meetings with a man who claims to be his real father, he makes Flissy promise not to say anything to anyone at the house, because he wants to get to know his dad first. Flissy is torn about what to do. There seems to be something wrong with Derek’s father, and when she overhears conversations about the fact that Uncle Gideon may be going to do something dangerous with the war, she thinks she'll burst. All these secrets are weighing her down, and she isn’t feeling like a child anymore. Is the man claiming to be Derek’s father really who he says he is? Should Flissy keep Derek’s secret? Are Winnie and Danny safe in Europe? Will Uncle Gideon survive his mission? Traveling back in time to Maine with Flissy and family will keep you turning the pages!

Romeo Blue by Phoebe Stone is the sequel to The Romeo and Juliet Code. I had so much fun journeying back to the house by the sea in Maine. My heart went out to Flissy as she waits to hear from her parents and worries about everyone around her.
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By Christy Hurst on March 18, 2014
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After reading The Romeo and Juliet Code, you MUST finish the story! I fell in love with Phoebe Stone's winsome characters, plot, humor, and setting, and was not disappointed in the conclusion to her first book. Anyone of any age who loves sweet stories with a touch of WWII history and intrigue plus a dash of British background will delight in these books--from 10 year-olds to adults. I've passed them along to several friends after giving them to my pre-teen granddaughter and a special young friend of hers. Love, love, love these books!!
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By unknown on January 14, 2014
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Great sequel to an awesome book! Read The Romeo and Juliet Code first. Another great book by Phoebe Stone. I loved every page!
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