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The Code Busters Club, Case #1: The Secret of the Skeleton Key Hardcover – September 13, 2011


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Series: Code Busters Club (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: EgmontUSA (September 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606841629
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606841624
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,321,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Penny Warner’s middle-grade mystery, The Mystery of the Haunted Caves, won an Agatha Award and an Anthony Award in 2002 for Best Juvenile Mystery. Her books have received excellent reviews and have been printed in fourteen countries throughout the world.

Warner lives in Danville, California. Visit her online at www.pennywarner.com.

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My 8 year-old son loved it.
Ayako Matsumoto
When I was a child, I was happiest when immersed in a Hardy Boy book, cracking codes and solving mysteries right along with Joe & Frank.
Colleen S. Casey
This is a book an adult can enjoy reading aloud to a child... or that a child will enjoy reading to him/herself!
A. Parker

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Colleen S. Casey on September 25, 2011
Format: Hardcover
When I was a child, I was happiest when immersed in a Hardy Boy book, cracking codes and solving mysteries right along with Joe & Frank. My nieces enjoy this genre as well and were thrilled to discover this new series by Penny Warner. Readers get the chance to decipher actual puzzles at every twist and turn, with answers in the back. You can imagine how excited my niece was when she figured out the mystery before the characters in the book did. The story is engaging, the codes are fun and the kids learn a ton without even realizing how much they are learning. For instance each chapter heading, is spelled out in American sign language. Great read for any school age kid.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Parker on September 25, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is a book an adult can enjoy reading aloud to a child... or that a child will enjoy reading to him/herself! I was stumped by the "who done it" until the end, and I don't stump easily. Another winner for Penny Warner!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Melissa A. Palmer VINE VOICE on November 7, 2012
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Book #70 Read in 2012
The Code Busters Club by Penny Warner (YA)

This is the first in a mystery series. Four young adults form a club where they pass secret messages written in code back and forth. Their neighbor, whom they call Skeleton Man, is taken to the hospital after his house catches fire. But was it an accidental fire or set by his newly arrived family members? The kids decide to investigate.

This book was a good mystery and used the codes in an interesting way to move the plot along. I could see readers who liked solving codes really enjoying this book. There are two male and two female protagonists so I think both male and female readers would be drawn to this book. It was a good, quick read.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JennieR on August 28, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
This is now my new favorite gift for 8-12 year olds! Very good story that makes the reader investigate as they go. The chapter titles are in sign language! - How fun! I also joined the club and got the great code buster cards that just added another enjoyable dimension to the book. For that reader that just needs a little more challenge - in a fun way - this is the perfect book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CozyMysteryFan on September 30, 2011
Format: Hardcover
My son (almost 6) and I really enjoyed reading the book together and solving the codes. The book has a variety of different codes, so it was almost like a puzzle book inside an adventure book. The story is fun and engaging, and my son really liked hearing about kids solving a mystery. We can't wait for another Code Busters Club case!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The Codebusters Club is a good detailed book that's pretty good. My favorite part is by far the codes. They're fun, a challenge, and creative. That's the main reason I like this book. You should buy this book and figure out all the codes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carole J. Price on September 25, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Penny has done it again. A book full of mystery, excitement, thrills and chills. Kids will love it, solve the puzzles, and beg for the next case to solve. This book really doesn't have an age limit. As an adult, I loved it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By word chum gamer on February 23, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
this book keeps kids thinking on probabilities to solutions when a puzzle is presented. this book is very interesting because before you can read a solution to a situation you have the opportunity to solved before reading about it. I love puzzles and this book have different ways to solutions.
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More About the Author

Penny Warner has published over 60 books for both adults and children. Her first mystery series featuring Connor Westphal, a deaf reporter in the California Gold Country, won a Macavity Award for Best First Mystery, and was nominated for an Agatha and an Anthony Award. Books in the series include, DEAD BODY LANGUAGE, SIGN OF FOUL PLAY, and RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT. All are available on Kindle.

Her other mystery series features event planner, Presley Parker, and is set in the San Francisco Bay Area. HOW TO HOST A KILLER PARTY, offers a wedding on Alcatraz, HOW TO CRASH A KILLER BASH, features a Murder Mystery Party at the de Young Museum, HOW TO SURVIVE A KILLER SÉANCE, presents a Séance Party at the Winchester Mystery House, and HOW TO PARTY WITH A KILLER VAMPIRE is set in Colma, the City of Souls. HOW TO DINE ON KILLER WINE offers a mystery in the Napa Wine Country.

Her middle-grade mystery, CODE BUSTERS CLUB: SECRET OF THE SKELETON KEY, was nominated for an Agatha Best Juvenile Mystery Award. It features four kids who solve a mystery by cracking codes in each chapter. The second book in the series, CODE BUSTERS: THE HAUNTED LIGHTHOUSE, is set on Alcatraz. (Join the Code Busters Club at www.codebustersclub.com.) Her non-fiction book, THE OFFICIAL NANCY DREW HANDBOOK, was nominated for an Agatha Award.

She writes a column for the local newspaper on family life in the Valley, creates fund-raising murder mystery events for libraries across the country, and teaches child development at Diablo Valley College. She can be reached at http://www.pennywarner.com or pennywarnerink@yahoo.com.


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