BLUE AVENGER CRACKS THE CODE by Norma Howe

BLUE AVENGER CRACKS THE CODE

Age Range: 12 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

There’s a lot of stuff going on in this sequel to The Adventures of Blue Avenger (1999). Blue himself (né David Schumacher) is suffering from the kind of angst one suffers from when the love of his life, the frabjous Omaha Nebraska Brown, withdraws in a funk of her own. Omaha had finally tracked down her errant Dad in Rome (it’s a long story), and it wasn’t a happy reunion. But Blue has a lot to occupy him: he’s hooked back up with grammar-school buddies who reappear in high school classes—the twins Louie and Drusie, and Tuesday—and his English teacher has made a study of the Oxfordians, who believe it was Edward de Vere, not William Shakespeare, who wrote all those plays. The plot involves the Bacon cipher, a four-day trip to Venice by the twins and Blue, a zillion Shakespeare references, a little kissing, e-mail straight and in cipher from Tuesday, and a fair amount of Blue Avenger activity, most notably when a remembered childhood game provides Blue with proof that Louie inspired a popular new computer game. While it doesn’t have the lovely pop and sizzle of the first book, its quirky cast inspires continued admiration and affection. Stay tuned. (author’s notes) (Fiction. 12+)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2000
ISBN: 0-8050-6372-2
Page count: 296pp
Publisher: Henry Holt
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 2000




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