Romeo and Juliet Code Review and Powerpoint
September 13, 2011
Stone, P. (2011). The romeo and juliet code. New York: Arthur A. Levine Books. 304 p. 978-0545215114. $16.99. Gr. 4-6.
At the height of The Blitz Felicity Bathburn Budwig’s parents send her to live with her family in Bottlebay, ME. In Maine her uncle begins to receive strange letters. She teams up with the reclusive “Captain Derek,” a boy recovering from polio, to start putting the clues together. Stone steers clear of history, mostly. She uses the circumstances to tell a gentle story of a girl growing up without her parents. Hopefully readers will use this book as an opportunity to explore a very interesting time in history. The mystery is passable, although many curious readers will love solving the code near the end of the book. Stone also makes a strange leap that should stretch reader’s credulity. It is surprising enough that most readers won’t see it coming, but that doesn’t make it necessary or interesting. Recommended for classroom use to give a different perspective of WWII.
The following Powerpoint was made to help students relate to the time and place of The Romeo and Juliet Code. Please download and use you please. Also, as I am not a history major or scholar of the time please let me know of any inaccuracies that need to be fixed.